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Several judges commented that my daughter telegraphs her jumps. What does this term mean? 

There is a normal rhythmic flow over the ice as a skater prepares to perform a jump.

When a skater gains speed and then holds a position, they gradually slow down causing the normal jumping rhythm to be lost. Judges refer to this as telegraphing the jump and a reduction is taken from the grade of execution score for that jump. 

Long pauses also mean that there are no transitional connecting moves, choreographic elements or musical interpretation occurring and will be reflected in the program component marks as well.

Submitted by Ruth Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.

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