If you've been following the ISU changes to COP for pairs in the thread started by Mathman, you may have been puzzled, as I have, to find that there are now three kinds of twists, as well as different points offered for each, with triple and quad twists credited more than they were previously.

Perhaps, like me, you weren't quite sure how to tell these entries apart and were not even sure you'd ever seen a loop or axel entry twist. I went through a lot of my old vids of pairs of the past, and have had some luck finding some interesting twists. These are all in .wmv format.

Here's the double twist, with the usual flip/lutz takeoff of Speroff and Luchau, a recently teamed novice pair that we saw at Liberty. This shows that huge height in a twist is mostly a function of how big the guy is and how small the girl is, not experience, or even huge skill.


Here's Gordeeva & Grinkov's quad twist from the usual lutz/flip takeoff, done in 1987 when Katia was something like 67 pounds. It makes the same point, kind of. If the girl is very small and the guy is big and strong, even if the girl kind of misses the toe pick, she can still go high and make four rotations before landing.


Cherkasova & Shakrai's quad twist is from the more difficult axel entry. She steps forward while facing her partner. Wow.


Since you don't see them every day, here's an axel entry triple twist by Valova and Vassiliev.


The new COP changes cite a toe loop entry twist. I couldn't find one for the life of me, and would love to know who used to do one. The closest I could find was:

The Carruthers double lateral twist. Her takeoff and landing leg are the same, and she takes off more or less backward, so I guess that would make it a Loop twist (but no pick, so not a toe loop twist).


I'd like to know what all of you think about this? Personally, I'd rather see twists scored about the way they were last year.