Last week I asked you for advice on what I should do in terms of my strategy for skating competitions. A few people said to go ahead and test my Adult Gold Freestyle, while others recommended that I stay at Silver and gain some experience there.
I've decided to stay at Silver for now and "skate up" to Gold for local competitions to see how I feel and to see whether my Gold program scores will be competitive at the regional and national levels. One thing I have to consider is that the judging system for Gold is different - it is within the IJS system (what Olympians and top-level skaters are judged on), so there are lots of things I need to keep in mind when choreographing my program. For example, I can have a maximum of 3 spins of a different character. But since this is IJS, I can try and achieve "features" in my spins in order to gain additional points.
Features for spins include (this is not the full list):
- Backward entrance (from a forward inside three turn)
- Clear change of edge (backward inside to forward outside) for the sit, camel, layback or Biellman positions
- All three basic positions (upright, sit, camel) on both feet
- Spin in both directions on either a sit or camel spin
- At least 8 revolutions in a single position
- Change from layback to side/reverse layback spin
- Layback spin to Biellman
- Backward entrance (I can try a back camel and maybe transition to a back sit spin)
- At least 8 revolutions in a single position (I'd do my sit or cannonball)
Thank goodness for coaches who are well-versed in IJS. This stuff is making my head hurt.
And for your viewing pleasure, here are two attempts at my 8-revolution cannonball spin. One I botched, and one that I barely hit with the 8 revolution requirement. Coach B said that I would get bonus points for this spin if I executed it correctly since it is considered a "featured" position with 8 revolutions. Double credit - whoo hoo!
Failed attempt (I spun in the middle of my blade and then fell onto my heel):
Barely successful attempt (I was super dizzy afterwards):
Happy Friday, and until next week!