The Fun of Figure Skating
by Maribel Vinson Owen
Chap. 1 Equipment
Chap. 2 First Strokes
3 Basic Edges
Free Skating Program
Chap. 8 Ice Dances
Chap. 9 Skater
Source -World Figure Skating
|Chapter 3. Basic Edges -
Classic Spirals in 4 Positions
When I use the word "spiral," a new skater immediately visualizes a position with the body bent way forward and the free leg very high in back. That is indeed a spiral position, but it is an arabesque spiral and not the classic variety that I want you to learn at this point in your skating education.
A spiral is neither more nor less than one of the basic four
skated on either the left or the right foot, held in upright posture
with good speed for at least a full circle, and preferably longer.
is called a spiral because if you hold an edge without changing even a
fraction the angle of the body lean, the radius of the curve you are
making will gradually narrow, or spiral in, as your speed diminishes.
Note: This position in 2012 is referred to as a leg extension
with the free leg held either in front or behind the tracing made by