\ ˈləts How to pronounce lutz (audio) \

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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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 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

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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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