The Beginning Moments of a Program
You know, that opening with no tricks as an intro to the program.
1. Is it judged?
2. Is it required?
3. Is it time limited?
4. Is it an intro to what is to come?
I don't think it is necessay, but it is an aide for the skater's nerves. Some of them are quite clever and others are run-of-the mill.
What do you think of them?
Waiting for on-ice perfection.
I've noticed some skaters who use their opening & closing moments to showcase their "artistry" but totally blank out during the actual performance. Used well, it could definitely show off an ease, grace, choreographic brilliance that skaters couldn't afford in between a difficult triple and a hectic step sequence. It's useful because it's a clear beginning to a program (making timing a program easier) and probably gets a skater into the right frame of mind. It also sometimes makes for an iconic moment.
1. It could factor into a judge's idea of the overall quality of the program (how complete it is as an entity) and a skater's performance, artistry
3. Probably not since it's just "choreography" that could otherwise be spent in a different part of the program. How a skater allots one's time is up to the skater, no?
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