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    favourite figure skating elements

    There are some elements in the figure skating that are done simply beautiful by the skaters and the people love to watch them.
    Here are my favourite elements in particular order :

    layback spin
    illusion spin
    the double axel
    flying camel
    3/3 combination
    the russian split jump
    all kinds of spirals(the skaters should add more variety in the
    spiral positions)
    spread eagles
    ina bauer(especially done by Shizuka Arakawa )

    And what are your favourite elements?

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    Russian Split Jumps (Todd's in particular)
    Ina Bauers
    Spread Eagles (especially Brian B. & Paul Wylie's)
    Barrel Rolls
    Spirals (I'd like to see more of the men do them)
    Backflips (in exhibition)
    Triple Axels
    Flying Camel, scratch spins, sit spins ...
    the "leap of faith" move that Elena & Anton do
    Ilia's "cantilever" move
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    What are barrel rolls?

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    I can't explain it exactly, but I found a picture of Todd doing a barrel roll:

    http://www.scratchspin.com/2003/csoi03/fs-0302203A.jpg

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    There are lots of elements that I love but here are my top 5:

    1) properly executed layback spins
    2) outside spread eagles WITHOUT the knees bent and the butt sticking out
    3) Well-done COE spirals (Kwan and Kostner come to mind, none of the wobble-bobble that Cohen gets)
    4) Split jumps
    5) fast footwork with nice deep edges and lots of variety, not that freaking Yagudin-wannabe toe-picky crap (which was cool when Yags did it but not so cool when everyone and their brother started using it)

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    Thanks iluvtodd, I have an idea what it is now haha. They're impressive.

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    Nice spread eagles (including the straight one by Kurt Browning), well executed jumps and spins... well, rather anything the skater is able to make look genuine and not copied.

    And then - all the things a skater invents. If it suits him/her AND the music. Like this kind of dropping into a weird spread eagle by Jeff this year. Why o why do most of the skaters only what everybody else is doing......

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    I especially like these when performed by Ilia Kulik:

    triple axel out of spread eagle
    triple toe out of cantilever
    Arabian cartwheel
    Russian splits
    footwork (fortunately he does not do any of that awful toe-picking stuff that only looked good in Riverdance by Bourne&Kraatz)

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    -canteliver (Klimkin does a fantastic one!)
    -Ina Bauer
    -interesting spin positions - Lucinda Rue and Johnny come to mind
    -Pairs moves that are allowed only in exhibition, I guess they are called Adagio?
    -Phillipe's spin on his knees (is there a name?)
    -I&Z candle lift

    Yana

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    THE ZHANGS' Split 3twist!!!!!
    Carolina's 3f3t combo
    Lindemann's quad (on the off chance that he lands it)
    Sandu's bend-over-and-grab-one-foot spin
    Ito's 3A

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    A really well done layback

    & a really well done falling leaf. Still remember kwan at 02 nationals, end of program--she did 2 in a row, & on the second one she lifted her face to the ceiling & seemed to just hang there-- that one still makes me cry.......

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    - russian split (people need to start doing those again)
    - spread eagles (especially inside spread eagles), heck, all of Jeff Buttle's field moves
    - Kurt Browning's camel spin with the kick *** extension and the bent skating knee. That was gorgeous.

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    Michelle's falling leaf and her Charlotte, even though Sasha gets a complete 180 on hers, I don't like it as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvtodd
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    the "leap of faith" move that Elena & Anton do
    Paul Martini and Barb Underhill did the best leap of faith.

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    - Spread eagle and ina baurer (it's so incredibly graceful - and looks good by anyone.)
    - Salcow
    - The thing that Ilia Kulik did at a show where he was bent at the knees (what's that called?)
    - a (sort of) camel spin where the skater is either turns their body sideways or up (like the one Yu-Na Kim did in her LP)
    - Layback spin when it's done properly

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