The primary goal of this element is to display the ability to start
from a forward outside curve and and hooking the edge to convert the
forward momentum into the rotation energy necessary to center the spin.
A centered spin requires
distributing body weight on one foot while
in a sitting position.
Skater must present an elegant
body position with head held up.
- Complete a minimum of
Rotations in Position
- The skater should be able to demonstrate they can push onto
a forward outside edge and bend the skating knee to force the edge to
- Head should not look down while preparing to enter spin.
- Hands should stretch towards the free leg with shoulders
level. The skating knee should be bent to create a sitting position.
- The the foot of the free leg should be turned so the
outside of the boot is parallel to the ice. The toe should not be pointing up in the
- The change of positions of the free leg and arms should not
disturb the skater's ability to hook the edge and center the spin.
- No pre rotation of the upper body should occur.
- The ability to sustain a controlled center after the hook
should be observed.
- Upper body position may slightly lean forward, but the head
should be up and the body should not be in a contorted position. The skater must be in a full
sitting position. A partial sitting position is not acceptable.
- The skater should not start in an upright position and then
assume the sit position. This is a more advance spin with a change of
- Review position of a one footed glide on a deep curve with
the skating knee bent.
- Introduce the concept of the free leg swinging wide to
in creating a controlled hook.
- Introduce the idea of using a bent skating knee to help
center the spin.
- Stress centering the spin with the free leg and arms
extended while holding head up.
- Emphasize that the speed of the spin starts with the wide
swing of the free leg on the hook.