\ˈləts \

Definition of lutz 

: a backward figure-skating jump with a takeoff from the outside edge of one skate followed by a full turn in the air and a landing on the outside edge of the other skate

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His jumps, including a quad-lutz-triple-toe combination were impeccable, but his rather basic presentation left something to be desired. Chris Schleicher, Time, "Let This Figure Skater Turned Comedy Writer Guide You Through the Olympics Men’s Skating Competition," 16 Feb. 2018 But after landing her opening triple lutz, Tennell was unable to hold onto her triple toe loop, falling on the second half of a combination that had become so familiar. Dave Skretta,, "Bradie Tennell 11th after shaky starts for U.S. women in short program," 21 Feb. 2018 Chen, the 2017 U.S. champion, put her hand down on her opening triple lutz and skipped the second part, a triple toe loop. Helene Elliott,, "U.S. hopes already on thin ice in women's short program," 21 Feb. 2018 The 17-year-old was one of three skaters set to try the quad lutz in their short program, according to the Associated Press. Abigail Abrams, Time, "America's Vincent Zhou Makes History by Landing a Quadruple Lutz at the Olympics," 17 Feb. 2018 Two other skaters are trying the quad lutz in the short program. Houston Chronicle, "The Latest: South Korea's Yun Sungbin wins Olympic gold in skeleton," 15 Feb. 2018 One of the six figure skating jumps (along with the flip, loop, toe loop, lutz, and salchow — more on them to come) but the only one that requires the skater to jump into the air while facing forward. Maura Sullivan Hill, Cosmopolitan, "All the Figure Skating Lingo You Need to Know Before the Olympics," 6 Feb. 2018 Karen Chen bobbled her opening triple lutz, which was supposed to feed into a triple toe, forcing her to adjust the rest of her routine to squeeze in another combination jump. Dave Skretta,, "Bradie Tennell 11th after shaky starts for U.S. women in short program," 21 Feb. 2018 Tennell, a 20-year-old jumping machine, held onto a poor landing on the opening jump of her combination, the triple lutz, but then fell trying the triple toe loop. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "U.S. champ Bradie Tennell falls in 2018 women's Winter Olympics figure skating debut," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lutz

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lutz

probably irregular from Gustave Lussi †1993 American (Swiss-born) figure-skating coach

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