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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.

Daisuke Takahashi

26 Dec

Daisuke Takahashi is second at the 2013 Japanese Men’s Figure Skating Champion ships. With only 3 available spots on the Japanese Men’s world team and 6 strong competitors, Japan Nationals can be considered the most important competition for the men this season. Takahashi fell short in the short program, coming in second with more than 9 points behind Yuzuru Hanyu. Although Daisuke Takahashi came back and beat Hanyu for first in the long program, it was not enough to claim the champion title. Despite coming in 2nd, he has secured his spot for the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held in Takahashi’s current hometown and the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

At the 2012-2013 Grand Prix Final, Daisuke Takahashi made history again as the first Japanese man to win a gold medal in the event, an addition to his previous accomplishment of being the first Japanese man to medal at the event in 2005.The 2012 Grand Prix Final took place in Sochi, Russia at the planned 2014 Winter Olympics rink. Takahashi placed first in the short program and third in the free skate and won his first GPF gold medal. He is also the first Japanese man ever to win a gold medal at the Grand Prix Final.

Daisuke Takahashi music selection for the 2012/2013 season:

Short program

Rock’n’Roll medley (Hard Times) by Noble “Thin Man” Watts

The Stroll by Lawson Haggart Rockin’ Band

Rudy’s Rock by Bill Haley & The Comets

Free skating

Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo


Primavera Porteña by Quint Elle composed by Ástor Piazzolla

Sweat by Snoop Dogg (David Guetta remix)

Daisuke Takahashi represented Japan at the 2006 Winter Olympics and at the 2010 Winter Olympics. His bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics was the first Olympic medal for Japan in the men’s singles event. He was also the first Asian man to win a World title at the 2010 World Championships, a two-time (2007, 2012) World silver medalist, a two-time (2008, 2011) Four Continents Champion, and a five-time (2006-2008, 2010, 2012) Japanese national champion.

Wishing Daisuke Takahashi a successful 2012/2013 skating season.


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Sarah Hecken

25 Dec

Sarah Hecken is the youngest national figure skating champion for Germany. She won her first national figure skating title at age 14. Unfortunately Sarah Hecken was not allowed to represent Germany at the European or World championships at that young age, entry age limit is 16.

Sarah Hecken won the 2012 German national championship to a total of four consecutive national titles. Her 2012 achievements are the Coupe de Printemps in Luxemburg and also the Cup of Meran in Italy, she landed Gold in both competitions.

Sarah Hecken

Date of birth:          August, 27th 1993 in Mannheim

Height:                      170cm

Coach:                       Peter Sczypa


Wishing Sarah Hecken a wonderful and successful 2012/2013 skating season.

Merry Christmas

25 Dec

Wishing a very merry Christmas to everybody


Javier Fernández

22 Dec

Javier Fernández the 2012 Skate Canada champion was born April 15, 1991 in Madrid, Spain. Javier Fernández started his season at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy where he picked up the bronze medal. His first Grand Prix event was the 2012 Skate Canada. He won the gold medal, beating defending Skate Canada and World champion Patrick Chan. Fernández became the first Spaniard to win a gold medal in the Grand Prix series. He placed 4th at the 2012 NHK Trophy and qualified for the 2012–2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

In 2011 Javier Fernández Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2010 and 2012 Spanish national champion, and represented Spain at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He became the first Spanish skater to win a Grand Prix medal when he won silver at the 2011 Skate Canada International and the first Spaniard to medal at a Grand Prix Final when he won bronze in 2011.

Javier Fernández selected the following music for the 2012/2013 season.

Short program:

The Mask of Zorro by James Horner

Free skating:

Charlie Chaplin medley

Wishing Javier Fernández a wonderful 2012 / 2013 skating season.

Ross Miner

22 Dec

Ross Miner is an American figure skater born, January 24, 1991. Ross Miner is the 2012 Four Continents bronze medalist, a two-time (2011 and 2012) U.S. national bronze medalist, 2009 Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist and 2009 U.S. Junior National Champion.

Music selections for Ross Miner’s 2012/2013 season:

Short program:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Free skating:

Captain Blood by Erich Korngold

During the 2010–11 skating season, Ross Miner finished 9th at 2010 NHK Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany and 7th at 2010 Cup of China. He made his senior national debut at the 2011 U.S. Championships where he won the bronze medal. He was selected to compete at the 2011 World Championships, where he finished 11th. During the off-season, Ross worked on a quad Salchow and shortening the lead time into his jumps.

Wishing Ross Miner a fantastic and successful 2012 / 2013 season.


Butterfly Jump

21 Dec

Butterfly Jump in figure skating, this Butterfly Jump is not a true jump, rather a flying jump spin similar to the flying camel spin, the Butterfly Jump is not taken off from the forward outside edge skated in upright position, but usually from short spin-like steps the take-off curve forward outside being very short. For the Butterfly Jump the body is already in a nearly horizontal position at the take-off. The free leg makes a wide powerful rotation swing upwards, so that it is higher than the upper part of the body and head. During the fight of the Butterfly Jump the landing on the free foot the body maintains horizontal position. The Butterfly Jump is mostly performed at exhibitions, usually not one jump alone but a series of several jumps in a quick succession.

The skater right after the landing the Butterfly Jump is on the toe of the free foot, immediately steps on the take-off foot again to be prepared for a further Butterfly Jump, without stopping rotational movement of the whole body and maintaining the horizontal position of the body throughout. The Butterfly Jump can also be included in a free skating program, on the condition, however, that at least one revolution in the backward camel spin position is performed after the landing on the free foot. The Butterfly Jump is actually taken from acrobatics on the floor, where it can be done better than on the ice. Therefore, it should be so modified for use of figure skating as to make the characteristic gliding or spinning movement on the ice possible.

The Butterfly Jump article is written by Karin Doherty, World and Olympic figure skating coach.

Nobunari Oda

21 Dec

Nobunari  Oda, born March 25, 1987 in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan is a Japanese figure skater. Nobunari Oda 2012 / 2013 season started great as he won the Nebelhorn Trophy.

His music selections for the 2012 / 2013 season are:

Short program:

The New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms

Free skating:

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas

Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel


New York, New York performed by Frank Sinatra

Nobunari Oda is the 2006 Four Continents Champion, the 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, the 2005 World Junior Champion and the 2008 Japanese National Champion. Nobunari Oda began his season at 2011 Cup of China, winning the silver medal. He was 7th at 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard. He withdrew from his national championships due to his left knee injury. No surgery was required but he needed time to heal. Nobunari Oda was subsequently not named to the team for the 2012 World Championships.

Wishing Nobunari Oda a good 2012/2013 skating season.


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Takahito Mura

21 Dec

Takahito Mura born February 11, 1991 in Matsudo City is a Japanese figure skater. Despite popping a triple flip and getting a deduction for one of his routines, ice skater Takahito Mura from Japan graced his way to a gold medal last Saturday at the Trophee Bompard Paris Grand Prix at the Paris-Bercy Arena.

He is the 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard champion, a two-time Finlandia Trophy champion, and the 2010 Triglav Trophy champion. Nationally, he is the 2009 Japanese senior bronze medalist and 2008 junior national champion. Mura won gold – his first senior Grand Prix medal – at the 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard.

Takahito Mura music selection for the 2012/2013 skating season.

Short program:

Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona

Free Skating:



Talking in the Moon by Bruno Mars

Wishing Takahito Mura a wonderful 2012 / 2013 skating season.


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Patrick Chan

21 Dec

Patrick Chan (Patrick Lewis Wai-Kuan Chan) born December 31, 1990 is a 5 time Canadian figure skating champion.

Patrick Chan’s 2012 – 2013 season start. He started his season at the Japan Open where he finished 5th. His first Grand Prix event was the 2012 Skate Canada where he competed as the defending champion. Patrick Chan won the silver medal behind Spanish skater Javier Fernandez. He then competed in the 2012 Cup of Russia where he won the gold medal after placing first in both the short program and the free skate and collecting 262.35 points overall. Chan qualified for the 2012-2013 Grand Prix Final.

Patrick Chan’s 2012 / 2013 season music selections:

Short program: Elegie in E Flat Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Free skating: La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini

Exhibition: ‘Til Kingdom Come by Coldplay

On April 27, 2011, Patrick Chan set a new world record of 93.02 points for the short program. On April 28, 2011, Patrick Chan then set a new world record for his free skate, receiving an overall score of 280.98. In recognition, Patrick Chan was named the recipient of the prestigious Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete. He is the 2011 & 2012 World champion, a two-time (2010 & 2011) Grand Prix Final champion, a two-time (2009 & 2012) Four Continents champion and a five-time (2008–2012) Canadian champion. At the 2010 Canadian Championships, he was nominated to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where Patrick Chan placed fifth in the men’s event.

Wishing Patrick Chan a wonderful 2012/2013 figure skating season.


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