That 2A+3T is better than any you see from the ladies now - the size and flow of both jumps, and the rotation on the 3T is still quite loose and free, not the whipped fast rotation of today. For some reason it just looks more aesthetically pleasing to me, almost effortless.
Dr. Frog, you beat me to the punch. I live in SLC and followed Holly during that time. That double axel was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Amazing speed going in and out, no hesitation. A jump of complete beauty!I have to admit I have a soft spot for Holly Cook. I lived in SLC at the time she was competing and one year (1987? 88?) I was taking a weekly adult skating class at Bountiful, which they held during a freestyle session with one end of the rink coned off. Holly used the whole ice surface anyway.
You're right - Dijkstra had quite an open position in the air on her 2 axel. Interesting technique.And if we're really going back then we have to give it to Sjoukje Dijkstra who despite rotating at the speed of a snail, had a massive - and consistent - double axel. Here she is skating outdoors at the 1959 Europeans in Davos. A gorgeous glimpse at how skating competitions used to be.