The Fun of Figure Skating
by Maribel Vinson Owen
Chap. 1 Equipment
Chap. 2 First Strokes
Free Skating Program
Chap. 8 Ice Dances
Chap. 9 Skater
Source -World Figure Skating
|Chapter 2. First
backward (Illus. 11), again reverse
all the movements of the forward version, maintaining the same
principle of a constant lean to the circle. To cut clockwise, stroke
onto a strong LOB (11-1, 2) with free leg well extended in front. Then
draw this right leg back and way over in front of the right to the
inside of the circle on a strong inside backward edge (11-3, 4).
quick shift of weight will again leave your left foot riding free of
the ice, crossed under, and extended straight toward the outside of the
circle (11-4). Point the toe and hold. Then neatly bring this free foot
around behind the left skate and touch toes preparatory to the next
push (11-1). Again, do not push on the cross-over itself, alternately
push the stroke and glide the cross-over, push and glide the
The head looks constantly backward inside the circle. Now turn and practice the other way. Remember: On all cross-overs, forward or backward, left or right, the inside arm and shoulder are always lower and pressed back, the outside arm and shoulder are always slightly higher and held in front. Look always inside the circle and in the direction of progress. Throughout, push to a bent skating knee and cross to an equally bent knee. Don't rise and bob.
As I intimated in the introduction to this book, there is no
way of making a stilted, unnatural figure skater than by letting a
beginner advance too soon. The importance of learning to move over
ice with speed, ease, and control before you start a figure cannot be
too much stressed. With justice modern rink skaters are often called
"hothouse skaters" by the old-timers because they try their figures in
a limited space without ever acquiring the graceful easy swing of
great outdoors. Not that an outdoor style cannot be gained just as well
in a rink; it can, if only beginners, especially adults, will be
content not to rush matters.
Never look at your feet when you skate. Look out and around. Watch where you are going. It's safer—and it also produces better skating posture. On the theory of one fundamental at a time, we will study the classic edge positions, the four rolls, and the simple basic turns next. Have patience to go along with me slowly now, and not only will you go much faster later on but you will become a far better skater. That I guarantee you.
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