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Thread: Knee slides

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    On the Ice
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    Aug 2003

    Knee slides

    I love those knee slides that Oksana does in her Color of the night program and her Absolutely Everybody program and I've never seen any one at my rink do it, anyone here know how to do it or know where I can get some advice on it, it looks so cool!

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    In love with the axel!
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    Jul 2003
    Detroit Michigan
    I've never seen this move, that I know of. Can you describe it?

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    Tripping on the Podium
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    Jul 2003
    British Columbia
    Knee slides can look very elegant and add a lot of drama to a program. Beware though, the ice feels much more rough when sliding across it on your thinly padded knee caps! Try it first on freshly resurfaced, dry ice... or invest in some knee pads to get you started.

    To actually do a knee slide... go through these motions on the ice first at a standstill, then moving.
    Start by doing a lunge, but bend the dragging leg bringing it underneath you.
    Shift your weight from the skating leg to your knee that should now be touching the ice.
    With all of your weight on your knee, bring your skating leg down next to the other so you're now sliding across the ice on both knees.
    The only tricky part is maintaining your balance - keep those tummy muscles tight!

    After this is mastered, you can add arm movements and body lean.


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    On the Ice
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    Aug 2003

    Oksanas knee slides

    From studying the tape I have of Oksana doing them, yes I can see that she keeps her body straight and upright and is using her stomach muscles to keep her in place. I thought that she had gone into an ina bauer first to get into the slide but after i watched the tape again I could see that she just skates forward on her left leg and bends down onto the right knee with her right arm in front of her torso close to the body and her left arm in back. But what I'm wondering if how is she whipping herself around into the rotation. Maybe the arms. I tried it myself at the rink and I can tell you that yes, you have to be able to do those lunges first before trying any type of knee slide, I'm not very good at the lunges but it's something to work at.

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    *Passionate for Figure Skating* Ice Princess's Avatar
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    Thanks for the good tips! I'll have to try that!

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