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Lutz

[ luhts ]
/ lʌts /
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noun (sometimes lowercase)Skating.
a jump in which the skater leaps from the back outer edge of one skate to make one full rotation in the air and lands on the back outer edge of the opposite skate.
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Origin of Lutz

First recorded in 1935–40; after Alois Lutz (1898-1918), Austrian figure skater, who first performed the jump in 1913
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What does Lutz mean?

The Lutz is a figure skating jump in which the skater jumps from the back outside edge of one skate, rotates (at least once) in the air, and lands on the back outside edge of the other skate. It is sometimes spelled uncapitalized, as lutz.

The jump can be performed with multiple rotations, resulting in a double Lutz (two rotations), triple Lutz (three rotations), or quad (or quadruple) Lutz (four rotations).

The Lutz is one of the six recognized jumps in competitive figure skating. Because it is done with the use of the skate’s toe-pick, it is classified as a toe jump (along with the toe loop and flip; the loop, Salchow, and axel are classified as edge jumps).

The Lutz is considered one of the most difficult jumps to perform.

Example: To the casual viewer, the Lutz and Salchow may look similar, but they require much different techniques.

Where does Lutz come from?

The first records of Lutz come from the 1930s. It is named for Alois Lutz, an Austrian figure skater who first performed the jump in 1913.

The Lutz has remained one of the staple jumps of figure skating since. In 2011, U.S. figure skater Brandon Mroz performed the first quadruple Lutz ever recorded in official competition.

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What are some other forms related to Lutz?

  • lutz (uncapitalized spelling)

What are some words that share a root or word element with Lutz

  • double Lutz
  • triple Lutz
  • quad Lutz

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How is Lutz used in real life?

Figure skating fans are familiar with the Lutz as one of the six jumps in figure skating. The jump known as the axel is perhaps more well-known among casual spectators.

 

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British Dictionary definitions for Lutz

lutz
/ (luːts) /

noun
skating a jump in which the skater takes off from the back outside edge of one skate, makes one, two, or three turns in the air, and lands on the back outside edge of the other skate

Word Origin for lutz

C20: of uncertain origin
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