noun Figure Skating.
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What does axel mean?
An axel is a maneuver in figure skating. The skater leaps from the front outside edge of one skate, rotates 1 ½ times, and lands on the rear outside edge of the other skate.
The axel, also known as the axel jump, is considered the most difficult of the six jumps in figure skating. A tripleaxel, where a skater rotates 3 ½ times, has a starting value of 8 points at the Olympics, compared to the 3.3 points given for a double (2 ½ rotations) axel.
Example: The judges were impressed by the skater’s axel and her perfect landing after completing the spin.
Where does axel come from?
The first records of the term axel come from the 1920s. The jump is named after Norwegian figure skater Axel Paulsen, who introduced the maneuver to figure skating in 1882.
The blade of an ice skate has two edges. To perform an axel, the skater must leap from the outer edge of one skate to the outer edge of the other.
The axel is the only jump in figure skating done while facing forward. The fact that a skater has to land backwards on the opposite foot is part of what makes the move so difficult. Adding spins to create the double and triple axel amplifies the move’s difficulty, and the triple axel is the highest scoring triple jump in Olympic figure skating because it is so difficult to perform.
Today, the axel is a staple of figure skating and the move must be performed successfully as part of an Olympic routine. The triple axel has become part of many of the top men’s figure skater routines.
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How is axel used in real life?
Axel is almost always used when talking about or comparing things to figure skating. It is especially common to see it used by fans during the Olympics.
Huge congratulations to Wakaba Higuchi 2020 Worlds Champion and her triple axel
— wakaba? wakaba (@xogwendalsflow) March 11, 2020
you know that moment before the ice skaters do the axel jump? it gives me chills everytime i love it
— h*y (@ADAMPARR1SH) November 15, 2018
I remember back in elementary school, my skating coach really asked if I wanted to attempt a double flip when I didn’t even have my lutz or axel yet 😂😂😂😅💀
— Air Fork Mot 👟 (@buffypoto) January 12, 2020
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When performed correctly, a figure skater will begin an axel facing backwards and land facing forwards.
How to use axel in a sentence
After looking at the various possibilities, I went to the Axel lab at Columbia.Catherine Dulac Finds Brain Circuitry Behind Sex-Specific Behaviors|Claudia Dreifus|December 14, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Four prisoners, Axel and Oscar (who turned out to be good guys) and Tomas and Andrew (thugs), all died as well.A Primer For ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Four Premiere|Melissa Leon|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
How did Obama pull off this political equivalent of a triple axel?Obama’s Plan to Announce Afghanistan Withdrawal at NATO Summit Is Shrewd Politics|Peter Beinart|May 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Is an Adrian or an Austin more likely to be sensitive; an Axel more of a renegade; an Andrew more of an old-fashioned guy?
From Axel Olrik, though my debt to him is heavy, I find myself differing on several questions.Beowulf|R. W. Chambers
And she seemed to like Sir Axel's company—as, indeed, most people would.
But Sir Axel and his assiduity enhanced her value and buttressed her independence.
Now Axel Martini had taken part in the “May-combat” this year, and had come off victorious.Royal Highness|Thomas Mann
Something tells me that things won't be right between Axel and me again.Plays: Comrades; Facing Death; Pariah; Easter|August Strindberg