The Biellmann Spin

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Denise Biellmann (SUI) popularized the Biellmann spin—an upright figure skating spin in which the skater executes a one-foot spin while holding the other foot extended over and behind the head.

Denise Biellmann.jpg

It should be noted that
Tamara Moskvina may have been the first to perform it in competition at the 1965 European Championships.

Who does your favorite Biellmann spin?

 
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I would say Yulia since she can do it perfectly vertical.
 

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I absolutely love those who can form a tear drop shape. I think that's the most important characteristic in a Biellmann :biggrin:

So beautiful
 

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I would say Yulia since she can do it perfectly vertical.
I never stop being in awe of Yulia's version of the Biellmann spin. It's like watching rhythmic gymnasts performing on the ice. The spin should be named after her.
 

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I never stop being in awe of Yulia's version of the Biellmann spin. It's like watching rhythmic gymnasts performing on the ice. The spin should be named after her.

A person in another thread said people have been calling it the "lipa" but I personally just call it a Yulia spin because lipa is a little too close to lip for me
 

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You're right she didn't, but it's one of the things she's known for, Yuna didn't invent the Yuna camel but it's referred to colloquially by that name, there's nothing wrong with coining a term for Yulia too
 

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Isn't Yulia's vertical spin being discussed actually a candle spin? Her Beilman is part of her exit from the flying camel spin right? Are Beilmans and Candles the same. Don't you have to hold the blade on a bielman?
 

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Yulia did not invent this spin.

I know that Yulia didn't not invent this spin, but it's undeniable that she helps popularizing it. There's the Caroline spin, but it's very possible that someone invented it way before she was born. It's hard to trace who was the first one to do a certain element, but the one who performs it regularly in A-level competitions, making it well-known to the audiences often gets noticed and is credited with it.
 

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I loathe this spin. I think it's ugly - no matter who does it!!!! And any variation of it. :disapp:
 

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For sure, Julia's Biellmann variation is the most breathtaking. However, I love the shape of Radionova's Biellmann, and of course Miss Biellmann herself does it amazingly. Lucinda Ruh (obviously) has a nice one as well. Czisny gets fantastic speed and centering on hers too.
 

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I would say Biellmann herself did it best. ;) But Mao's is also very nice.

Yulia's is insane but I can't compare it to the other Biellmanns. It's basically its own spin.
 

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If Yulia's is an actual Biellmann then yes, I like hers the best...otherwise I'd say Asada Mao/Sotnikova's one handed versions...
 

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If we're adding one-handed Biellmanns, I really love Jason Brown's. It's one of the few "8-revolution" spin positions I can stand to watch.
 

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I'd say Asada's single-handed Biellmann in Bells of Moscow. It's probably one of the more impactful ones I've seen. Apart from that, I don't find Yulia's aesthetically pleasing at all. I LOVE Mirai's as well. Denise's is obviously a given. It's become a bit of a diamond dozen these days and they're all pretty meh.

I will say I like a Biellmann that has speed and a pleasing tear-drop shape. A beautiful arched back is also a must.
 

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I think I'm one of the only few people who don't find Julia's biellmann spin pretty. Impressive, yes. Pretty, no.

Off the top of my head, I liked Radionova's from GPF. I like Mao's too, whether it be the classic kind, with one hand or the half-biellman.
 

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I think Polina has a nice Beillman too:)

Radinova probably has the best one of any current skater.
 

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Most definitely Mirai, imo. One thing that ruins this spin for me with a lot of skaters is the loss of speed, but not her at all. It's gorgeous.
 

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Most definitely Mirai, imo. One thing that ruins this spin for me with a lot of skaters is the loss of speed, but not her at all. It's gorgeous.

Yeah, the loss of speed and also wrenching the foot above their head in order to get the level. I also prefer both hands on the blade (unless of course it's Julia's).
 

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I never stop being in awe of Yulia's version of the Biellmann spin. It's like watching rhythmic gymnasts performing on the ice. The spin should be named after her.

I personally love JuLiip's because of her flexibility. When I started skating my goal was exactly that spin, even before she was born. She must be missing a vertebra or two because no matter how diligently I stretched I was no where close to the split Biellmann. There are far too many gorgeous Biellmans to choose from now. Caroline Zhang and Nagasu are tops in my book. JuLip's should have another name. It's insane.
 

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I personally love JuLiip's because of her flexibility. When I started skating my goal was exactly that spin, even before she was born. She must be missing a vertebra or two because no matter how diligently I stretched I was no where close to the split Biellmann. There are far too many gorgeous Biellmans to choose from now. Caroline Zhang and Nagasu are tops in my book. JuLip's should have another name. It's insane.

:thumbsup: it's unreal :clap:
 

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I'm probably a minority of one here but TBH, I think Bielmanns are unattractive no matter how well they're done. I appreciate the flexibility and skill needed to execute them -- just don't like 'em. Please don't throw things... :slink:
 
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