noun, often capitalized
sal·​chow | \ ˈsal-ˌkau̇ How to pronounce salchow (audio) , -ˌkȯv, -(ˌ)kō \

Definition of salchow

: a figure-skating jump with a takeoff from the back inside edge of one skate followed by one or more full turns in the air and a landing on the back outside edge of the opposite skate

Examples of salchow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kitchen’s salchows, lutzes and triple axels are matched by a classical sense of what tastes good with what. Pete Wells, New York Times, "New York’s Top 10 New Restaurants of 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 Alexandra Trusova, who won the junior Grand Prix final in December, can land a quadruple salchow, even if imperfectly, at age 13. New York Times, "Success of Russia’s Female Figure Skaters Takes a Toll in Injuries and Stress," 7 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 Duhamel and partner Eric Radford grabbed third place in pairs and made history by executing the first throw quad salchow in Olympic history. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Canadian figure skater overcomes dropping her phone in non-flushed toilet to win bronze medal," 15 Feb. 2018 Here’s your cheat sheet for telling six figure skating jumps apart during the Winter Olympics, from an axel to a toe loop, salchow and lutz jump. Alice Park, Time, "How to Tell the Difference Between the 6 Figure Skating Jumps You'll See at the Olympics," 8 Feb. 2018 At a competition in Russia this week, one of Tutberidze’s junior skaters, Alexandra Trusova, 13, boldly attempted two quads in her routine, landing a quad salchow and falling on a quad toe. JerÉ Longman And Victor Mather, New York Times, "Figure Skating: Alina Zagitova Wins Russia’s First Gold Medal," 24 Feb. 2018 At a competition in Russia this week, one of Tutberidze's junior skaters, Alexandra Trusova, 13, boldly attempted two quads in her routine, landing a quad salchow and falling on a quad toe. Anchorage Daily News, "Figure skater Alina Zagitova wins Russia’s first gold medal," 23 Feb. 2018 Consider this: Fernández’s clean quadruple salchow had a base value of 10.5 points and earned him 13.36 total points. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Artistry Is Easy to Overlook Amid Figure Skating’s Aerial Exploits," 30 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of salchow

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salchow

Ulrich Salchow †1949 Swedish figure skater

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“Salchow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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