Figure skater Brianna Laxson on how she masters axels, lutzes, and other jumps and spins on ice.

How Elite Figure Skater Brianna Laxson Trains and Masters her Moves

People who accomplish great things, and how they do it.
Jan. 17 2013 3:54 PM

Lutzes, Axels, and Toe Loops, Oh My!

How elite figure skater Brianna Laxson spins, jumps, and somehow lands on her feet.

Tune in for even five minutes of an elite figure skating competition and you’re struck by the crazy blend of athleticism, precision, and grace under pressure required to nail those routines. For Olympic hopefuls, a lifetime of training can come down to landing a handful of jumps in a two-minute program.

How do these elite skaters do it? We decided to ask one: Brianna Laxson, a 13-year-old from northern Virginia who is about to compete in the 2013 National Championships. We paid a visit to Laxson and her coach one afternoon at their training rink to see if we could find the secret to her success.

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Andrew Bouvé is an Emmy-nominated freelance video producer and motion graphics artist. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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