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    The flying sit spin

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    Gillis Grafström (7 June 1893 – 14 April 1938) of Sweden invented the flying sit spin and the Grafström spin, a variation of the camel spin. He won three successive Olympic gold medals in Men's Figure Skating (1920, 1924, 1928) as well as an Olympic silver medal in the same event in 1932, and three World Championships (1922, 1924, 1929).

    Which skaters do you think perform the best flying sit spin today, both men and ladies?
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    Kristi Yamaguchi definitely had a great one. Great timing, good sense of flying into the spin (lots of other skaters do a tiny hop).

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    Todd eldredge had a great one.

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    Evan Lysacek has a nice one.

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    Dare I say, Fumie Suguri

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    Man, what a variety of answers

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    Peggy Fleming always did one in her competitive programs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...Kgg8SGys#t=249

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    I like Midori's flying sit spin. She was "flying" so high.

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    Revisiting after five years, who has been showing skills in the flying sit spins? Who stands out to you most?

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    Alena Kostornaia 2018 JWC SP

    https://youtu.be/e4xV6wRNYws

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    Dorothy Hamill. Her back straight as an arrow in the spin.

    Here is her Olympic SP in 1976. Her axel sit spin is abut 1:35 in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yKWXs0LL_U

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    The end of a brief chat with Trixi Schuba, 1972 OGM of legendary school figures fame.

    Dorothy falling in warm-up on the very flying sit spin that is the subject of this thread.

    A lovely delayed axel, harkening back to a discussion on another thread that I helped hi-jack.

    My first memory of Uncle Dick Button saying the judges scores aren't important, so long as the skater was satisfied with a good performance.

    The pre-Kiss-and-Cry era where skaters just stood at the boards and awaited their scores.

    Dorothy's famous squinting at the scores because of her nearsightedness.

    Her obvious joy at the marks, especially the 6.0,

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    I always liked Brian Boitano's variation
    https://youtu.be/z8p3EhqI94s?t=112

    Not to mention the spread eagles

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    I love the way this move is pronounced in Japanese.

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    Of recent times, Alena Kostornaia and Michael Christian Martinez have been the ones to draw my eyes. The former for the sheer beauty of the spin from start to finish. The latter for the very height in his axel like entry into the spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsk8 View Post
    Revisiting after five years, who has been showing skills in the flying sit spins? Who stands out to you most?
    No one currently does a good flying sit spin, much like no one does a good classic sit.

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    keegan messing's is fantastic, fastest ive ever seen
    yuzuru hanyu's is the most musical

    i hope i've understood what a sit spin is...lol

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    The best men's FSSp in 2017/2018 season (+1.07 GOE) by Deniss Vasiljevs: SP at Euro 2018.

    The best men's FSSp in 2018/2019 season (+1.20 GOE) - also by Deniss Vasiljevs : SP at Euro 2019.


    And the newest variation of his FSSp: FaOI 2019.

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    Are we talking death drops or forward flying sit spins? Too many to name for death drops, but for the FFSS I liked Kostornaia's, and Ito had a great one back in the day.

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    Paul Wylie, Scott Davis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamForeman View Post
    Are we talking death drops or forward flying sit spins? Too many to name for death drops, but for the FFSS I liked Kostornaia's, and Ito had a great one back in the day.
    Or just plain old axel flying sitspins without the open position in the air.


    But for something completely different, how about this or this (after the transition)

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