I liked this blog post and thought it deserved its own thread, away from the Kurt/Evgeny one.
I highly doubt that anybody can achieve greatness within their jumping unless they love it. Who wants to take the risk over and over and then over again to learn a jump unless they need, crave and love the feeling. Jumping is fun and when done correctly, does not hurt at all. Have you ever been on an airplane and did not notice that you had landed? That is what a good jump feels like. When the arc of the jump matches the distance in some perfect equation created by Mother Nature and Einstein it is smooth as silk. Let me try to describe, from my point of view of course, what a great jump feels like for us skaters.
First off, there's the anticipation. As I pick up speed and enter my planned steps before the jump, I should have a clear and open mind so I can focus on the correct speed, balance and preparation. The trouble is, I always seem to save a little bit of my concentration for the 'what if' factor. What if I land it.I will be happy and safe. What if I fall I will not be happy and possibly hurting! This 'what if' factor is not a good thing and when it takes over in a show (or heaven forbid a competition), disaster waits for you at the other end of the rink. No, the only thing going through my head should be a mixture of concentration and positive thoughts.