That's really another topic. FLEXIBILITY. It's not in the Rules, afaik.
What fans of figure skating see are body contortions which are left over from childhood. Flexibility is what an Orthopedist would look for when treating patients having trouble walking, running, lifting - anything related to muscles.
For the skating fan, it is putting a leg up higher than her competitor, or pull her leg up in front of her while spinning. Ballerinas all have arabesques with the free leg in position from low, medium and highest, and most can go beyond that. But for them it's the choreography that matters. Pulling up a leg in the "I" position while spinning is pure acrobatics as is tap dancing on roller skates.
The difference in the "i" spin and a ballerina's is that the ballerina is on toe and does NOT use her hands to pull it up to position and her partner will hold his hand with her for balance. I would be impressed if the free leg got to the"I" position without the use of the skater's hands. WOW.
While spinning, it would be almost impossible to get to the I position without the use of arms due to the physics of centripetal force.
With regard to the spirals being disbursed throughout the program, that doesn't meet the rule requirements and losing between 2 and 3.5 points for the element and an addition -1 in the SP for failure to attempt all the requirements would really suck.
Spirals and the Rules are well known. If the Rules would put Spirals in MIF where they belong, it would improve choreography.
As it is now, those 3 displays of spirals stop the program cold.
Karen Magnussen of Canada - Olympic Silver Medalist and World Champion made this move very popular and in fact it was always a part of her programs as she was so good at it. Here is a video of her world championship program - 1973 - she elected to do a bauer into a flying sit spin in this program, but it is still fantastic. The footage is sort of grainy, but worth watching for the historic value.
I have made some progress on layback ina bauer lately but to recover from the layback and go immediately into the waltz jump (well, no axel in the near future lol) is really problematic. Any advices on transitioning from bauner into waltz? (balance / weight transfer ?) Thank you in advance!!
Last edited by jjane45; 04-26-2010 at 09:41 PM.