The first woman to do a triple jump in a World Championship was Sonja Morgenstern of East Germany in 1971, and she also chose a salchow.
When Dick Button decided to work on the first triple jump he chose the loop though it is now considered much harder than the triple toe loop or the triple salchow. He did so because he had a very strong double loop and could jump three double loops in combination. The loop jump is easily recognised because it is, as its name suggests, a simple loop in the air. The same foot and edge are used in the take-off and landing, right back outside to right back outside rotating counter-clockwise.
Alexander Fadeev about to take off in a triple salchow. He is tipped for high honours in 1985, when many top contenders will have left the amateur scene after Olympic year.
Scott Hamilton showing the muscular pull needed to achieve triple rotation in a jump.
To watch some of the mens routines up until the 1984 season, it might have been thought free skating consisted of nothing more than jumping. One competitor in the 1983 World Championship, for example, presented only one item that was not a jump in his entire 4.5 minute routine an extremely short spin. The ISU countered this trend in June 1983 by issuing very precise regulations for the free skating, similar to those in use for the pair events, which laid down certain minimums and severely curtailed the number of repetitions permitted.