Zhou on the Comeback Trail After Injury, Academic Break
THREE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION PRACTICING TRIPLE AXEL UNDER TUTELAGE OF ZAKRAJSEK
After missing the last two seasons, Vincent Zhou is back on competitive ice, in a new place, with a new coach. The 2013 U.S. junior champ moved to Colorado Springs in early May to train with Tom Zakrajsek.
Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge
New Jump Event Created with First-ever Back Flip Competition:
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The Manley Woman Skate Cast: Episode #78: Tom Zakrajsek
July 2014 - An interview with Tom Zakrajsek. Tom competed in Men’s Singles and Pairs, then became a judge. But he’s made the biggest impact as a coach.
"No written word, no spoken plea can teach our youth what they should be; nor all the books on all the shelves -- it's what the teachers are themselves."
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Rotation about its own axis.
"The rotation of a figure skater in the air produces tremendous force on the body at the moment of take-off and landing."
Developing fast rotation is very important. Try this common on-ice exercise as demonstrated by 2014 National Solo Dance Silver Medalist Elise Freezer and ask the skater to keep their eyes closed while doing it. It definitely helps to heighten skaters' awareness of how they use their arms and legs.