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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    Here's Sasha in a Y. The turnout of her leg is remarkable. Scary.

    http://www.sashafans.com/media/galle...s/long-ap4.jpg
    Now let go, and you'll have it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Now let go, and you'll have it!
    She was spinning, actually. Don't think that would be possible, even for Shizuka.

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    I think Sasha is in a spiral in that "I" shot and and spinning for the "Y" shot.

    I think what was so impressive wth Shiz in 2006 was the strength combined with balance and she still stayed on a great edge! Plus, it was a creative departure from the cookie cutter spirals we now see.

    Here's a few more Y-spirals:
    http://www.phillipmillschoreographer...sha_in_red.jpg
    http://i.cnn.net/si/olympics/2002/ne...kwan_ap-01.jpg
    http://images.usatoday.com/sports/ol...igures-ins.jpg
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/images/p...0081025f1a.jpg

    More Miria impressive flexible moves:
    http://www.charet.com/blog/uploaded_...lds-798434.jpg
    http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/...s/20806234.jpg
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...07_JGP_USA.jpg

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    No one yet has done a Charlotte Spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    No one yet has done a Charlotte Spin.
    Not solo, but I think that a lot of the female pairs have done a charlotte spin with the male partner straddling them a la Dmitriev/Mishkutenok. I don't have access to youtube at work so can't get the links. He also did them with Kazakova. I think Pang & Tong and the young Chinese team did versions of the spin at worlds last year too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver.blades View Post
    A good line is very important in figure skating IMO and flexibility, in general leads to a good line. However, there are skaters with good lines and weaker flexibility, like Lepisto and Phaneuf as have been mentioned and skater with good flexibility and weak lines, Mira Leung comes to mind. She has excellent flexibility, but she doesn't hit many nice positions.
    Exactly! I'm not a fan of contortionism. I'm a fan of good line, and flexibility helps to have good line but so does extension (eg. pulling up the knee, pointing the toes, the energy is extended).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    No one yet has done a Charlotte Spin.
    Or a 180 arabesque spin. Though, I'd imagine back injuries if not done properly or physically conditioned well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by passion View Post
    Exactly! I'm not a fan of contortionism. I'm a fan of good line, and flexibility helps to have good line but so does extension (eg. pulling up the knee, pointing the toes, the energy is extended).
    Finally a poster who is not awed by spirals and dragging legs up so the feet get to overhead. (However, it looks good in Tumbling and Gymnastics.)

    Good line is of the essence for a dancer on or off skates

    btw, has anyone thought of the flexibility one needs to do a proper sitsspin?

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    What's so shocking about that is I never really liked Sasha's or Caroline's sit spins, yet I think Michelle has the nicest back position in her sit. Goes to show it's not really ALL about the most contortionist flexible in every position, but how the actual position is stretched and detailed. So, yes, Joe, I agree with what you and Passion have said:

    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    Finally a poster who is not awed by spirals and dragging legs up so the feet get to overhead. (However, it looks good in Tumbling and Gymnastics.)

    Good line is of the essence for a dancer on or off skates

    btw, has anyone thought of the flexibility one needs to do a proper sitsspin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    btw, has anyone thought of the flexibility one needs to do a proper sitsspin?
    wow i would never thought flexibility is needed there, i could imagine quadriceps and biceps strength..of course i dont skate so just what it looked like from outside.
    So where do u need to be flexible for sitspin?

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    Sit spins require quad and hamstring strength, but no real flexibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    Sit spins require quad and hamstring strength, but no real flexibility.
    Interesting... During Worlds we had a discussion why so many men have decent sitspins - and so many ladies haven't. The muscle strength needed for it explains that pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antmanb View Post
    Not solo, but I think that a lot of the female pairs have done a charlotte spin with the male partner straddling them a la Dmitriev/Mishkutenok. I don't have access to youtube at work so can't get the links. He also did them with Kazakova. I think Pang & Tong and the young Chinese team did versions of the spin at worlds last year too.
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    Here is a link to Dmitriev/Mishkutenok.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1fx4Cv4aVE

    I used to love how expressive and innovative this team was.

    (where are you Ant? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    Interesting... During Worlds we had a discussion why so many men have decent sitspins - and so many ladies haven't. The muscle strength needed for it explains that pretty well.
    Just speaking from personal experience. It's as if the muscles contract than flex on a sit spin

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    Sit spins require quad and hamstring strength, but no real flexibility.
    Try doing a sitsspin without bending your knees. The definition of flexibility is being able to bend. When someone is in Rehab, they work on flexibility on any injured part.

    I think what some fans are talking about is what they perceive as being ballet. Ballerinas, as you know, raise their legs in arabasques (spirals) at any height and they do it without the assistance of an arm or hand. It's pure muscle. Contortunists must use the assistance of hand/arm to get into unnatural positions.

    When the hand/arm is used in I spins, it is no longer ballet-like. But it can be and it is a big trick in acrobatic dancing and figure skating. Awesome? That's up to the viewer.

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