At the 2003-2004 Italian Nationals, Valentina Marchei, a lively 17-year-old from Milan competing in her first Italian...
Did You Know?
The backward outside death spiral was invented in 1928 by Germany’s Charlotte Oelschlägel and Curt Neumann (although it was first performed with the skaters holding both hands and the woman not fully lowered toward the ice). They performed the first one-arm death spiral in Budapest in 1928.
Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov (USSR) are credited for creating three versions of the death spiral: Cosmic spiral (backward inside), Life spiral (forward inside), and Love spiral (forward outside).