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    What's the skating skill?

    You know skating is one of the most basic part of figure skating.
    I know that, but honestly I can't see what's the point of "great skating technicho".
    What's that?
    I guess one of them is the times he or she strokes. Is it right?

    As English is not my nitive,hope you can understand my broken one...

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    The skating skills refers to to flow of the blade across the ice. This includes the depth, sureness and use of edges as well as speed across the ice, control of the blade and the ability to maintain speed while executing difficult turns and changes of direction. Patrick Chan and Taka Kozuka are both great examples of fabulous skating skills.

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    Direct from the rules:

    Skating Skills
    Definition: Overall skating quality: edge control and flow over the ice surface demonstrated by a command of the skating vocabulary (edges, steps, turns, etc.), the clarity of technique and use of effortless power to accelerate and vary speed.

    Criteria:

    Balance, rhythmic knee action and precision of foot placement
    Flow and effortless glide
    Cleanness and sureness of deep edges, steps, turns
    Power/energy and acceleration
    Mastery of multi-directional skating (CW/CCW + FWD/BKWD)
    Mastery of one-foot skating (LESS CROSS OVERS TO ACHIEVE SPEED/ACCELERATION/FLOW = GOOD)
    Equal mastery of technique by both partners shown in unison (pairs and ice dancing)
    Balance in skating ability of individual skaters (synchronized)

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    So the skater giving high SS marks is great at this point??

    If so,I want to watch all skaters recieved more than 7.0 points and learn what is skating^^

    And is there the way that a skater with lower skating skill raise upper level?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayayukiituka View Post
    So the skater giving high SS marks is great at this point??

    If so,I want to watch all skaters recieved more than 7.0 points and learn what is skating
    Pretty much, yes. Most of the medal-worthy elite skaters earn more than 7.0 for Skating Skills. If you want to distinguish the ones who truly excel in that area, look for the ones who earn more than 8.0.

    Of course, some of them might earn high scores primarily because of their power and others earn similar scores with less power but more precision or deeper edges or more multidirectional steps, etc.

    And is there the way that a skater with lower skating skill raise upper level?
    Practice.
    And good instruction so they know what skills to work on.

    Ice dancers tend to have stronger skating skills than freestylers.

    Freestyle skaters who have studied ice dance and/or school figures are more likely to be strong in that area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayayukiituka View Post
    And is there the way that a skater with lower skating skill raise upper level?
    Practice and a strong technical coach who demands precision in turns and stroking. In the US, you can tell a singles skater, even at the lower levels, who has taken and passed dances at the (US) Pre-Silver level and higher and can typically gauge what dances they have passed/worked on from the strength of their power and edging (Pre0silver, Silver, Pre-gold, Gold, Junior Internationals, Senior Internationals) and which skaters have passed much higher levels of (American) Moves in the Field (through Senior) than they are currently competing singles (Juvenile/Intermediate level kids with American Junior and Senior Moves in the Field tests). While Moves in the Field in no way replace figures, when the skater doesn't just "pencil whip" their way through the test to be done and actually concentrates on the focus, especially of some of the edge moves like the counters, rockers, and brackets in the field and soon, the (figure) loop patterns and twizzles.

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    I always read lots of people say speed is the primary factor. Like if someone goes into a jump or spin or anythign very slowly that is lower SS score but if someone is fast into a jump or spin or anything that is good SS score. People with lower skating skills scores include such people as Kevin Van Der Perrin I believe from looking at his PCS a lot of the time - he does a lot of big jumps sometimes but is slow.

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    Can someone please explain to me what exactly is deep edges ?

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