Forward Outside Edges
The primary goal of this element is to display the ability to skater
alternating curves on a forward
The forward progress across the ice must demonstrate the ability to
transition from one foot to the opposite foot while presenting an erect
body line combined with natural free leg extensions and relaxed arm
- Smooth Transitions
when Changing Feet
Control when Gliding on One Foot
- Perform with an Even
- The Free Leg
Extensions Should be Equal
- Maintain an Erect
Upper Body -
Do Not Bend at Waist When Pushing
- Relaxed Shoulder and
- Emphasize pushing with the entire blade. However, toe
is expected at this level.
- Free leg extensions should be low. The free leg should be a
extension of the line from the
hip to the toe of the skate.
- Transitions from one foot to another requires changing
both knees are bent.
- Gradually straightening the skating knee as the
free leg extends backward and forward over the tracing.
- An ability to hold a sustained edge should be observed.
- Upper body position must not break forward at
- Head should not look down while maintaining balance over
foot; however, the eyes may look down.
- Hands should be waist high and the shoulders should be
- The change of positions of the free leg and arms should not
disturb the arc of the tracing.
- All curves should be equal size and shape,
with a minimum of sub-curves.
- Skater should demonstrate the ability to check upper body
- Glide on 2 feet in a straight line to practice arm switch
– arms brush sides of body while switching.
- Glide on 1 foot in a straight line, balance, switching arm
then moving the free foot from back to forward.
- On a large circle, push onto an edge – balance, switching
arms, and changing the free leg from back to forward.