What comprises a beautiful Biellmann spin?
I know Alissa Czisny is considered to have great biellmann spin, to the most part--yes, but I don't know about her position. Her arm and leg creates oval like shape, not complete stretched circle created by Slutskaya's. I think Sasha's biellmann position is not complete circle either, nor Gedevanishvili's. Maybe it's preference that I see Slutskaya's biellmann position to be more beautiful, but if anyone know what is considered to be beautiful by the judges, please enlighten me!
I can't speak for the judges, but I know what I think looks good. Most importantly, get the leg up over your head, or don't bother! Not everyone can do it, and not everyone should try. The spinning leg should be straight. The free leg should be fairly straight, too. Not locked, but not bent at a 90 degree angle, either! And it should have good speed. The chest should be held up nice and high, not tilted way foward. And what makes it look most beautiful is if the skater can manage to do it without that "OMG this is KILLING ME!" look on his/her face!
I prefer the position to be stretched vertically as much as possible. I don't think that Irina's is best at all- she looks like she is straining, and when her elbows and knee are bent as much as they are, almost no leg or back flexibility is displayed. I'm fairly certain that Alissa's is the best among current amateurs, but the Goddess of Bielmans was Lucinda Ruh.
Last edited by IcyBallerina; 07-12-2006 at 03:39 PM.
Thank you for that shot icyballareina. Lucinda Ruh's pose is ideal, what everyone should be aiming for. Irina's looks very mediocre compared to Lucinda Ruh. The difference is the free leg is straight, the body is facing forward and not down towrad the ice, and both hands grab the leg (ie shoulder flexibility).
It bugs me whenever I see a skater try to raise the leg higher by dropping the body down. Very unappealing to the eye.
I agree that Ruh's position is better than Slutskaya's, but to be fair, that picture of Irina's looks like she was either still getting into postition, or just coming out of it. She has a good beilman, and she is still one of the very few who can even get CLOSE to doing it on both sides.
Wow...you totally changed my perception of beauty of biellmann spin, IcyBallerina.. There is nothing I can say after seeing the picture of yours...
Thank you for the great post!
Last edited by loren; 07-13-2006 at 12:27 AM.
She could be just getting into position, but the tell tale sign that Irina does not have enough flexibility in that particular photo is the fact that her other hand is grabbing the wrist and not the blade. That may be her bad side and has better flexibility on the other side.
IMO, I think it is better to do just one side and do it well than to do two sides and show off how poor your other side is in comparison to the good side.
That Lucinda Ruh's position is just breathtaking! She may have the best in the world.
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That last picture really confirms in my mind that she does not have enough shoulder flexibility on her left side. Most people dont realize how much shoulder flexibility is involved in that position. It is not just back and legs. I know how hard it is.
Last edited by passion; 07-14-2006 at 03:25 PM.
I always thought a good beillmann position resembles more of a champagne glass than a wine goblet. Thatpicture of Lucinda in the gold outfit is by far my favorite beillmann spin picture. I like when the body is closer to being parallell with the free leg, and not the ice.
here's Denise, just gorgeous!
I like Emily's, but wish she'd straighten out the spinning leg:
Interesting to note: the ladies who seem to have more champagne type shapes, seem more likely to grab the blade with both hands. I wonder if this means they have longer arms or more flexibility in their backs???
Sasha grabs the balde with both, too:
and it took all season before she really got the skate above her head, while the rest have their skates WAY above their heads. But her body is upright and her back nice and flat. I wonder if this is more due to her rumored back injuries???
Last edited by MKFSfan; 07-14-2006 at 04:15 PM.
Sasha's Beilmann was TERRIBLE at Campbell's '05. It got slightly better throughout the season. Now, it's quite good-looking.
mkfs fan, to answer your question...it's back flexibility. I actually think Irina has the least back flexibility and shoulder flexibility than all the pictures posted on this thread. It is very mediocre. The best is Lucinda's and Denise's. Absolutely breathtaking!
Like I posted a while ago, here are screenshots of Sasha's biellmann at the Olys exhibition. It did get a little better.
Agree with Denise and Lucinda having the very best of the Biellmann spins. Ideally, I think the "oval" shape formed with good back and shoulder flexibility and an upright body position IS what is desired, instead of the struggle and strain positions that so characterized Slutskaya's. The only thing I think that was to her advantage was that, for a long time, she was the only one doing them, so there was no comparison of quality. This year, Czisny, Arakawa, and eventually Cohen showed how mediocre Irina's positions have always been in the B-spin.
I think what is so remarkable about Irina's beillmann is that she can do them on both feet and generally keeps up the speed. She can do many revolutions. Some of these skaters do the minumum revs, and the speed fades out even at just that.
I didn't see Olympics exhibitions-Sasha's position is beautiful in those snapshots! So much flexibiity, super straight body and legs! Almost makes you think she could do her I-spin behind her body...I wonder why she hasn't included that position in her programs. Maybe she doesn't hold it for enough revolutions-at Worlds, didn't do that position. That particular position was done by NNN awhile ago, and she has the best version:
SO much lower back flexibility! I remember a while back, Nicks said he "gave" NNN the beillmann and Sasha the I-spin. I think Naomi's shorter in her torso, while Sasha is longer, so it probably was easier for her.
And Nathalie Krieg had some amazing spin positions.
Last edited by MKFSfan; 07-16-2006 at 10:58 AM.