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Flying Sit Spin

27 Dec

This flying sit spin is a free skating element where a jump is combined with a spin. The flying sit spin is taken off from a forward outside edge with about one or one and a half revolution in the air into a sitting position, landed on the same foot and concluded by a sit spin. We describe the jump taken off of the left foot. The run-in for the flying sit spin can be performed as a right backward inside curve from which we strike the take- off curve left forward outside similarly as we strike the a roach curve for a spin. The take-off leg for the flying sit spin must be well bent at the knee. The left arm and shoulder in forward , right backward and the free leg after the thrust is extended backwards. At the take-off for the flying sit spin the skating leg straightens strongly at the knee, the free leg make a wide rotational swing round the body into a horizontal position and the arms swing up into an open position.

The take-off edge for the flying sit spin is shorter and more curved than in case of an Axel jump because the skater must make a centering movement such as in a spin, transforming a part of the running momentum into push-off and spinning momentum. The take-off leg for the flying sit spin is quickly drawn up towards the free leg bending strongly at the knee. At the highest point of the jump the skater assumes the same carriage as in a sit spin. While descending the take-off leg for the flying sit spin again quickly extends downwards, preparing for the landing. At the landing for the flying sit spin it is nearly straightened at the knee to be able to take the impact of the jump on a flexible knee and make the landing soft. After the landing the skater assumes the normal sit spin position and continues with a sit spin.

The flying sit spin is written by Karin Doherty, World and Olympic figure skating coach.


Toe Spin

20 Dec

Toe Spin is also called Scratch spin in Figure Skating.

All that was said about an upright one foot flat Toe spin applies here. The run-in the approach is the same, with the lean in the approach curve perhaps a little bolder.

We end the approach curve for the toe spin on the toe and immediately go over onto the flat of the skate just past the toe rake. Most of the weight should be supported on this part of the skate blade with the lowest toe point touching the ice only very slightly, only enough to give the toe spin skate a safer lead. If  too much of the weight is on the toe rake in spinning, the picks cut too deep into the ice causing friction, to the detriment of the initial spinning momentum and thus of the duration of the spinning. The toe spin can be performed as a slow Toe spin with open arms, usually with a square position of arms and shoulder forward, free leg backward slightly sideways.

If it is performed as a fast Toe spin which is more characteristic for this kind of spin, after centering both arms are extended sideways in a horizontal position, the free leg is extended sideways, slightly in front, in a nearly horizontal position. During the closing of the arms great centrifugal force is being overcome causing a rush of the blood to the hands and fingers. The free leg must be drawn to the skating leg in a close position with the free leg stretched and crossed in front of the skating leg until the feet are crossed at the ankles. Another variant of the position of the arms is with the arms stretched and extended upwards above the head close to each other.

The Toe Spin is written by Karin Doherty, World and Olympic figure skating coach.

Backward Spin in figure skating

19 Dec

The backward spin is written by Karin Doherty, World and Olympic figure skating coach.

The backward spin is usually performed as a separate slow spin, the backward spin is a concluding figure of some other spin such as a fast spin. Most usual run-in is that used for a loop or a half loop jump. The run-in for the backward spin can be by a left forward inside curve stepped over to the left backward inside. The next step is a right backward outside with the free leg slightly crossed in front with the left arm and shoulder forward, the right backward as the approach curve of the backward spin to the take-off curve of a loop. The difference is in the length of the steps which are much shorter on the backward spin in the run-in, especially the right backward approach curve. At the end of it the backward spin must be already centered. During this right backward outside curve the free leg makes a wide swing round the body from the position forward to the position backward. The arms and shoulders assist the rotation by turning in the direction of the backward spin. The skating foot should be slightly bent at the knee, especially at the centering phase. The backward spin is performed on the front part of the skate blade. All part of the body must be well tensed during the backward spin. The push-off is assisted by the swing of the free leg in the same direction. To check further rotation on the backward outside run-out curve on the right foot, the left arm and shoulder are held forward, the right backward, the free leg well extended backward.