Snowboarding has the McTwist. Freestyle skiing has the D-spin and the Misty. But no other winter sport move has a name quite like Salchow.
The figure skating jump – pronounced “sow cow” (the syllables rhyme) – is named after a person, not a bizarre farm animal.
Ulrich Salchow dominated figure skating in the early 20th century, winning the world championships a record 10 times. The Swede also won the first figure skating Olympic gold medal at the Summer, yes, Summer Olympics in 1908 (the first Winter Games were in 1924).
He invented the jump that takes off on the back inside edge of the blade and lands on the back outside edge of the other foot (without the aid of a toe-pick) with an airborne spin. Salchow did only one rotation; nowadays, the top men try quadruple versions of his creation.
Longtime skating commentator and two-time Olympic gold medalist Dick Button is credited with inventing the flying camel spin. The manuever was known as the Button camel for years.
Even skating bad girl Tonya Harding has a move named after her: the Harding camel. It’s a variation on the traditional camel spin in which a skater is in a layover position (face-up) with the free leg bent.