Friday, March 22, 2013

Skating Fridays

Most (if not all) of you know that I am a figure skater. I get questions all the time on what type of skating I do. People are curious if I'm doing triple axels (I wish) and "fancy" spins (depends on what your definition of "fancy" is).

I thought it would be fun for you to take a peek into my skating progress on Fridays. I'm not always going to be able to upload a video, but I will do my best.

My short-term goal is to pass my Adult Gold Moves-In-The Field test, which I have signed up to take in April. I have been working on the 6 required elements for almost two years, but inconsistently.  My previous coach moved to the west coast last summer, so I've been working with my new coach only since September 2012. These moves are all I've been focusing on since then.

One of the moves that I'll be tested on (in front of a panel of 3 judges) are my forward outside double-three turns. I do these down one length of the ice and then go into forward inside double-three turns. These are difficult to control while maintaining a quick speed. Not to mention, I have to place at least 4 of these half-circle patterns down each side of the ice.

The videos below isn't my prettiest attempt, but mostly because there are kids whizzing around the rink during the public session.

Forward outside double-threes:



Forward inside double-threes:



And just for fun, my friend K and I decided to work on our layback spins. Here I am trying out some new arm positions and starting from an inside-three turn.



Let me know if you want me to continue doing Skating Fridays. I'm open to any and all suggestions!

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