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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

Examples of lutz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Messing’s quad toe jump is dependable but his quad lutz is less consistent. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Inspired by love and by loss, an Alaska figure skater brings his emotions to the ice," 2 Nov. 2019 Alysa Liu became the first American woman to land a quad jump in competition on Saturday, hitting her signature quadruple lutz during a free skate to win the Junior Grand Prix. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Alysa Liu Becomes First U.S. Woman to Land Quad Lutz in Junior Grand Prix Win," 1 Sep. 2019 Fourteen-year-old Alysa Liu successfully landed a quadruple lutz, widely considered the hardest jump in figure skating, during the US champion’s long program at the Aurora Games in Albany, N.Y. . . ., "US men lose to Australia in basketball," 25 Aug. 2019 Program highlights included a clean double lutz and a clean double flip combination, as well as a layback spin., "Harford mother-daughter skaters medal at State Games of America," 23 Aug. 2019 Seemingly crumbling under the pressure, Nathan Chen’s delivered a disastrous short program, falling on a quad lutz, stepping out of a quad toe loop and putting a hand down on a triple axel. Chris Schleicher, Time, "Let This Figure Skater Turned Comedy Writer Guide You Through the Olympics Men’s Skating Competition," 16 Feb. 2018 Hanyu has been the biggest question mark entering the Games; the 23-year-old injured his ankle while training a quadruple lutz jump in practice during a competition last winter and hasn’t competed since November. Time, "Olympic Figure Skating Favorite Nathan Chen Landed in 17th Place. What Happened?," 16 Feb. 2018 An unfortunate landing on a quadruple lutz jump on Nov. 9 derailed that narrative and brought the gold medal back within reach of a handful of contenders. Helene Elliott,, "No clear favorites heading into men's and women's Olympic figure skating," 9 Feb. 2018 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

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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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9 Dec 2019

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“Lutz.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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