…That at age 36. Lorien, do you believe that the sweeping single arm takeoff, and even single arms through the first two phases (as Edwards does here), is the most desirable/technically sound method for the arms? Edwards was a master technician, and it seems that this is what he latched onto in his final competitions (more pronounced). Markov used the same style, as well as Ray Kimble (1st phase) in a monster foul (albeit wind aided) over 18m at the '88 trials in the final round.
I've been looking at video of these three, as well as others that use the style, and it really gets it done. It seems to work so well in creating mirror images with the equal and opposite reactions of the limbs. Also, it does a better job of focusing that line of balance to the middle throughout the jump. I've been so used to double arming it throughout the jump, but it is really hampering me. I think if I adopted the Edwards/Markov single arm through two phases and double arm on the last, it would get me out there. Lorien, or anyone else??
Well, Jonathan tried double arms but couldn't find the balance again; he was solid in 1995 but then it kept getting worse, despite his efforts to stay at double. So I guess in that jump (2002: 17.86) he???s not even trying to keep it double arms anymore (like he did in Atlanta -96 but failed), but just let it sweep as naturally as possible.
What I tried to say with my post was that there???s not necessarily a distinction between single or double arms in terms of how far one can jump, nor how the phases are distributed. It???s more a matter of hip position and timing. The problems with double arms, in my opinion, is the difficulty in converting from a running position (on the board) to both-arms-back just before landing the hop (still staying straight and keeping hips up). Olsson eliminates this with a high-jump-like approach; he does not have to convert anything during the hop because it???s double arms already before the board. Some jumpers have it come naturally (Banks, Simpkins, Conley, Harrison etc.), but many struggle with this problem and it looks like they are doing something in between. It???s a matter of balance, when the balance is good; both ways seem to work very well. It???s the "artificial" middle ground that seems to keep people from reaching their potential (indicator of imbalance at the take-off and in the air).