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Figure Skating: cross legs on the double jumps, supportive parent, backspin
supportive parent, backspin, lutz: Hi, This is tough. She must work on a tight backspin position. Work on the harness to over rotate in a tight position. Have her coach video the jumps and go from there. Always trust what the coach says and she will be able to work it out. Doubles take...

Figure Skating: Hesitation and confidence, self confidence, hesitation
self confidence, hesitation, good luck: Hi, If it helps...this is a very common issue. You really need to build confidence. Make a check list startng with easy things and try and get through it every day. Hopefully you have a routine to music to practice. Make yourself do it every day. Try...

Figure Skating: Same program for different competition?, musical interpretation, choreography
musical interpretation, choreography, skater: Yes they normally use a program for a season or two. They will have a Short Program with required elements and a Freeskate or Long Program with some requirements and restrictions. The skater will change the program around sometimes as the season progresses...

Figure Skating: Quad muscle pain, muscle endurance
muscle endurance: It does sound like your muscles get oxygen starved, Emily. It is normal for muscles to get tired through exertion, but you can reduce the pain and fatigue by improving your breathing technique. Try to make sure your breath is full and deep while you skate...

Figure Skating: rotation on jumps after double toe, upper body strength, brick wall
upper body strength, brick wall, manageable level: Hi, These are issues for you and your coach. That last little bit of rotation is tough. Work off-ice, get a little more upper body strength, try and land the jump with your arms still in. As far as components, dance, ballet, etc can help. Also go over...

Figure Skating: Axels, leg harness, back spin
leg harness, back spin, free leg: Hi, Sounds like you are in abit of trouble here! You need to work with your coach on weight transfer. The back spin position is important but not crucial. If you have a big jump it is not really there on a single. I m not sure what you mean about your right...

Figure Skating: age,coaches, brands,technique, age coaches, private coach
age coaches, private coach, jump rope: Hi, The US Figure Skating rule book will answer all your questions on eligibility. You can find it on the website. As far as self teaching, I can t imagine it at any level. There is so much a coach needs to teach you. Group lessons can be a good starter...

Figure Skating: Double Jumps Problem, double jumps, salchow
double jumps, salchow, vodeo: Hi, I thought I sent this answer already but... You will need to work closely with your on ice coach to fix this. Sounds like you have done very well in a short time. Go back to basic and retrain your free leg. Look at it on vodeo and see exactly where...

Figure Skating: skating, coach work, skaters
coach work, skaters, skill level: Speed and power are ideals in our sport, of course, Brian. They may have to be bridled, however, while skills are mastered. More height, for example, gives less margin for error in a sense because if she starts toppling as she takes off, she continues to topple...

Figure Skating: 3 turns with speed, three turns
three turns: Turns are always more difficult fast, Nicole. It helps to rise out of the knee slightly over the turn to take the weight off the skating foot. Practising good technique will boost your confidence because you will get results, and a boost in confidence will...

Figure Skating: Dbl salchow and back camel, skaters jump, jump harness
skaters jump, jump harness, salchow: Hi, I hope you have a good coach to work with you! You sound like you have good knowledge of your body. Jumps can be done differently by many skaters. But all good skaters need neat air positions, your coach will have a preference where. Work on a back...

Figure Skating: Dbl salchow and back camel, double salchow, back camel
double salchow, back camel: Work on your back spin, Catherine, with freeleg crossed to simulate the air position. Speed not only makes the jump easier because it allows for deeper leaning edges, but it also makes the jump look better to travel across the ice. Going from a deep enough...

Figure Skating: Painful hip, femoral neck stress fracture, neck stress
Figure Skating: Painful hip, femoral neck stress fracture, neck stress, correct diagnosis

Figure Skating: Nutrition and Off-ice, nutrition for weight control
nutrition for weight control: We eat for reasons other than hunger, Emily. Social occasions, boredom, loneliness, sensual stimulation, or habit, for example. I don t know why you feel that you eat too much, but try to figure it out. Keep busy, nurture healthy relationships, and do things...

Figure Skating: Painful hip, proper exercises, physical therapist
proper exercises, physical therapist, rotations: Hi, You may be trying to push up a little too hard. On ice you have speed etc. I would keep off ice jumps to straight up and down rotations in place. You may want to get referral to a sports Physical Therapist. They will give you proper exercises to strengthen...

Figure Skating: Triples??, figure skater, triple jump
figure skater, triple jump, karo: Hi, It is very tough to go from singles to doubles first of all. There is alot of technique involved. Then to go to triples is unbelievable! I am not saying you cannot but it is not easy. Try and continue to work on skating skills. If you are not a strong...

Figure Skating: hockey to figure skating, gary beacom, figure skates
gary beacom, figure skates, figure skater: Get figure skates, Bethany, and find ice. Figure on figuring out how those figure skates work just by skating with an open mind and wits about you. Ease back into it. Don t expect to pick up from where you left off. Keep your eyes open and copy other skaters,...

Figure Skating: Skating, gary beacom, death drop
gary beacom, death drop, xoxoxo: Hi Kimber, All of these tricks look the same in the air, but they take off or land differently. The death drop launches off a forward outside edge like a spin entry and lands in a back sit spin. The arabian arises from kick three turns, and the butterfly...

Figure Skating: Reaching a certain level, double axel, adult level
double axel, adult level, freeskate: That is no problem, except that you may end up competing with alot of younger kids for awhile. But don t worry about it. USFS judges arev trained to judge the skating not the person. Some events have Young Adult at I think 18 (not real sure here). But...

Figure Skating: Single axel (air position), axel air, muscle memory
axel air, muscle memory, weight shift: Hi, Many times it seems perfect off ice but you can t do the same on ice. Work with your coach on doing the same on and off. If you are rotated you need to do the jump even if you land on 2 feet then quickly get to a proper landing position. This is muscle...

Figure Skating: I cant land my axel, leg work, footwork
leg work, footwork, axel: Well, this is tough! Is the Axel required? If it is you have a bit of a problem since it takes a long time to master and have ready for competition. If you have the rotation, great first step! Now you need to get your weight over the landing leg. Work with...

Figure Skating: Correct Blade Size for Mounting, blade size
blade size: Hi Missy, The blade size is partly a matter of what you get used to, but generally there is up to half an inch or so to spare on the bottom of the boot from the end of the blade plate on the back to the end of the bottom of the boot. Take care, Gary Beaco...

Figure Skating: fear of falling, lack of confidence, adhd
lack of confidence, adhd, 3 years: Hi, Sorry this took so long...I was at 2 competitions. Fear of falling is lack of basic skills. Try and add some pads (knee. tail. where ever else needed). You need the right coach to handle her, that understands the problem. Talk to the TOI coaches...

Figure Skating: Cant do the axel, skates, axel
skates, axel, good luck: Hello, Axel fear is VERY common! Does your rink have a harness? This can be a big help but don t get too dependent on it. Work with your coach to start this jump over. Work on all the steps leading up to it. At some point you will fell comfortable to...

Figure Skating: Cant do the axel, couch, fear
Figure Skating: Cant do the axel, couch, fear

Figure Skating: Boots and Blades with an inconsistemt axel, gary beacom, boots and blades
gary beacom, boots and blades, matter what type: Pain sucks, Olivia, and can prevent you from moving naturally, because we often move in such a way as to avoid pain. Get the new skates before you destroy your feet! The axel technique is the same no matter what type of skates you have. Any skates that fit...

Figure Skating: Senior Moves Stress, 8 years, worry
Figure Skating: Senior Moves Stress, 8 years, worry

Figure Skating: Judged by your peers, creativity
creativity: Hi John, I see technique as the foundation of creativity, so even though I have a reputation for innovations, I have focused a lot of time and energy on understanding and refining my technique to be able to do what I do. I also devote considerable time in...

Figure Skating: Senior Moves Stress, double axel, exhebition
double axel, exhebition, dealing with stress: Hi, Don t stress on the test! I just had a 12 year old pass this week! Not really enough power, but very correct. Focus on presentation and looking SR. Relax in between moves (you are allowed to go back to your coach or tissue/water in between moves if needed)....

Figure Skating: Sonja Henje technical expertise, sonja henie, risk taker
sonja henie, risk taker, time in history: Hi, Sonja Henie was a huge risk taker for her era! I think she would have kept up with the best in the sport at any time in history. No one even thought of trying things they do now. Same can be said for any champion. You cannot look at their performance...

Figure Skating: Extended Project Qualification on Figure Skating and Physiotherapy, injury recovery
injury recovery: hi jessica, and thanks for getting in touch on allexperts! i personally don t use any drugs such as ibuprofen or advil to recover from injuries, nor do i have a history of surgery. i use acupuncture and homeopathics. i also use supplements such as msm, glucosamine...

Figure Skating: Extended Project Qualification on Figure Skating and Physiotherapy
Figure Skating: Extended Project Qualification on Figure Skating and Physiotherapy

Figure Skating: off ice, dance ballet, pic frame
dance ballet, pic frame, level jump: Hi, I am not real familiar with in-line skating, but there is a skate called Pic-Frame that simulates a real blade. The videos look like the skaters do well. You could check that out only if you cannot get to a rink. Most skaters do off ice training...

Figure Skating: Axel and doubles frastration, double axel, axels
double axel, axels, vertical position: Hello, I am not really sure of your daughters level and every case is different... But my students that do doubles at a low level skate at least an hour and a half nearly every day. If they are Pre-Juv and up I encourage some days to come morning and...

Figure Skating: Becoming a Technical Specialist, usfigureskating org, direction connection
usfigureskating org, direction connection, technical specialist: http://www.usfigureskating.org/New_Judging.asp?id=302 Here is the page that will get you started with information. You would need to apply to be accepted into a school first. There are requirements based on your experience as a skater and/or coach. It is...

Figure Skating: Blades, equipment, boots
equipment, boots, blades: Hi Emi, In order to trouble shoot to identify a problem it is indeed best to eliminate one factor at a time, and it is also best to do the easy-fixes first. You will probably agree that figure skating is expensive enough! Make sure the sharpening is good...

Figure Skating: figure skating at 16?, waltz jumps, backwards forwards
waltz jumps, backwards forwards, private lessons: Hello, Yes you are quite late starting. Probably too late for the Olyympics, but not too late to become a good skater. USFigure Skating and the ISI have testing and competition for all ages and skills. Try and advance as quickly as you can. So private lessons...

Figure Skating: Which Blade to Go?, risport, gold seal
risport, gold seal, parabolic: Hi, First of all you must trust your coach. That being said I will give my opinion. Most of my students use Ultima Freestyle because it is a great blade for doubles and triples and quite a bit more reasonably priced. It also comes in a lighter matrix ...

Figure Skating: starting, olympic dreams, group lesson
olympic dreams, group lesson, fourteen years: Hi, It is never Too Late ! But it may be late for Olympic dreams. There are many other reasons to figure skate. Just the excitement and thrill of the sport itself, the challenge of learning new things, etc. You can take tests, compete, or just skate....

Figure Skating: Is 13 to old?, alissa czisny, carolina kostner
alissa czisny, carolina kostner, figure skaters: Wow! You are doing terrific for only a year! Figure Skating is a tough sport, there are alot of great skaters at a young age. But you cannot tell the future. Some of the great champions are older, look at Carolina Kostner or Alissa Czisny. So keep trying...

Figure Skating: Ballet, katherine healy, ballet teacher
katherine healy, ballet teacher, artistic ability: Sorry I was so slow here... Ballet and Skating are compatable to a point. One must eventually take priority but only because there are so many hours a body can work that hard! Both are VERY competitive. Without knowing their levels etc. I do not know...

Figure Skating: music, type songs, violin
type songs, violin, new music: Hi, Yes it is very nice, super strong! I would search out a soundtrack because that is what it sounds like. Anything can be cut to 2:20, just don t get to repetitive. And be careful for Juvenile unless you are super amazing that your music overpowers you....

Figure Skating: skate rockering?, figure skates, figure skating boots
figure skates, figure skating boots, hockey skates: hi bud, i suspect the difference in feel and balance has more to do with the higher heel on figure skating boots than on the blade rocker. the blade is not flatter for figure skates to the best of my knowledge. it is more rounded in the middle and less rounded...

Figure Skating: How to get faster, recreational skates, long legs
recreational skates, long legs, basic moves: Good for you for trying! If your rink offers Learn to Skate classes go for it! Skating is a long term project to master. Your other alternative is a private lesson. Even a once in awhile lesson with a coach goes a long way. Look for someone experienced in...

Figure Skating: ISI competition, private coach, coach sign
private coach, coach sign, instructor signature: Well this is tricky...technically I guess you can enter. You will need to be tested to the level. I would suggest having a coach for at least one lesson to make sure your elements are correct and all rules followed. If your rink has a designated Team Coach...

Figure Skating: Funded by passion
Sorry it has taken so long to answer (Regionals consumed me!) Wow sounds like you are doing pretty good! If you are ready for the next step you must join a USFS club to test. You could be an individual member but you will still need to either join a club...

Figure Skating: Blade sharpening and falling, sharpening levelness
sharpening levelness: Hi Carol, A blunt edge in need of sharpening does give less margin for error, and therefore will increase the frequency of falls. It is rarely the only reason for falling. It is more often faulty skating technique that causes falls. A lay person can check...

Figure Skating: Finding a Choreographer
Hi, Most choreographers would love this opportunity but it will be pricey! You will need to pay all expenses and their fees. So look local. Work with your coaches and find someone nearby. Maybe even a dance person would great to work with your skaters...

Figure Skating: parabolic blades, parabolic blades
parabolic blades: I am skeptical of parabolic blades. Whereas parabolic skis facilitate turning by virtue of the camber that keeps pressure on the whole ski, with rockered skate blades only half an inch or so of blade contacts the ice, so the curvature created by blades wider...

Figure Skating: blades, aces, skater
aces, skater, mk: I don t have experience with parabolic blades, nor am I familiar with different metal in blades. How you take care of the blades is more important for holding the sharpening than which blade you choose. Sorry I couldn t be more helpful on this subject. Gary...

Figure Skating: Ice dance blades, blade choice
blade choice: Hi Bonica, Shortened heels on dance blades are not as readily stepped on by the other blade or that of a partner and allow more clearance on tight free leg motions. Are your boots gouged or blades nicked? It is usually the cumbersome heel of the other skate...

Figure Skating: Performance to Dancin' by Chris Isaak, e mail address, gary beacom
e mail address, gary beacom, chris isaaks: Hello Steve, I do recall skating to Chris Isaac Dancin in Tampa for a competition in the nineties. Thank you for compliments on my performance, which was incidentally improv--one of the reasons it looked different! I do not have a copy of that piece, but...

Figure Skating: stainless steel blades, stainless steel blades, international girls
stainless steel blades, international girls, matrix 2: Hello, I really do not know about the hardness. My students all use regular Ultima Freestyle or Matrix FS. My husband who stones their blades sometimes prefers the regular as they are easier to maintain. The 2 part are a huge pain, I tried them as did one...

Figure Skating: isi endorsed competition, spread eagles, program duration
spread eagles, program duration, group instructor: Hi, Feel free to put in uncaptured maneuvers with limitations. They are outlined in the handbook. But all turns and footwork things are fine. Gliding moves like spread eagles etc. are ok. Careful with extra jumps or spins. The program is only a minute...

Figure Skating: Research Project, francis howell middle school, howell middle school
francis howell middle school, howell middle school, odd hours: Hi.. 1. Choreography is difficult but enjoyable. You must create routines to fit the skater, age, level and event. 2. I use all types, the skater must like it and feel it. But it must suit the age and event. This is the hardest part! 3. I started when...

Figure Skating: School Project, gary beacom, francis howell middle school
gary beacom, francis howell middle school, howell middle school: Hello Olivia, It would be a pleasure to help with your project. Here is my answer to your questions: 1. Figure skating is fun because there are so many different tricks you can try on the ice. 2. I have been figure skating for 44 years. 3. It is easy...

Figure Skating: skate/blade problems, gary beacom, high instep
gary beacom, high instep, slippage: hi elaine, i also used knebli skates when i was young! the rocker is not the cause of your balance difficulty. the distance between the sole of your foot and the blade plate is the key, and you are subconsciously trying to compensate for the raised heel...

Figure Skating: Competition and Practice Skates, figure skaters, time in alberta
figure skaters, time in alberta, skates: I happen to have many pairs on the go myself, Emily, which is rare for figure skaters. If you do get two pairs of skates, make sure the blades are mounted identically. Stress this to whoever mounts the blades and leave the old skates with them for comparison....

Figure Skating: Pronation, foot rolls, boot company
foot rolls, boot company, many other aspects: Wow, sounds like you are doing all the right things. You may want to find a Podiatrist/Ortho pedist to make orthotics for your skates the next pair. You can work with the boot company to give you space (depth) for them. Heat molded skates like Jackson can...

Figure Skating: blades, blade shopping 101
blade shopping 101: Hi Nancy, As you suggest, changes affect consistency. However,we can adapt to change, and might want to set our sights into the future and make difficult modifications today. Blade choice management is somewhat a matter of personal philosophy and preference....

Figure Skating: Can you help?
Hi Barry, Thanks for your question. It is difficult to answer without more details. It definitely won t hurt to lose the weight, but that is a small-brainer! How is your breathing? Remind yourself to keep it deep and full while you are playing and while you...

Figure Skating: competing
Hi, Most skaters don t watch the other skaters before them. In fact you see them with a headset to block it out. But when you step on the ice it is hard to ignore the roar of the crowd, announced scores, etc. You have trained for that and hopefully are...

Figure Skating: Stride Technique?, power
power: Use reasoning and experiments to figure out the best way to get moving, Bud. We push sideways off the foot because that is where the grip is, and we glide lengthwise because there is little friction in that direction. How to use these facts bio-mechanically...

Figure Skating: Olympics Ice Skating 2014
1) How strenuous is practice for the Olympics? Your entire life is consumed by preparation. 2) How does pressure effect a performance? Everyone and every time is different. 3) What did you think of the performances in the Olympics this year? Most of the...

Figure Skating: figure skating beginner
Wow, that is pretty amazing! I have never heard or seen anyone be able to do advanced moves like Flying CAmel in 4 lessons? So obviously you have a talent! But make sure you learn all the basics also. Otherwise you might do tricks but not eagle to really...

Figure Skating: 4 year old, freestyle 1, olympic coach
freestyle 1, olympic coach, t break: Hi, I ve had this same issue. My husband (an Olympic coach) even has brought it up with the owner of the company. So maybe someday. Your coach will have to guide you to another skate or check into a custom from Jackson. At 4 she won t break down anything....

Figure Skating: 7 months figure skating, 7 months, good luck
7 months, good luck, fitness: Hi, This is not a fair question. There are so many issues here: How old are you? What is your fitness level? How often do you skate? What kind of lessons do you have? Good equipment or rentals? So the main thing is...are you enjoying it and are you...

Figure Skating: 7 year old daughter, private coach, pressure environment
private coach, pressure environment, freestyle 1: Kimberly, In all reality, your child is advancing at quite a normal rate. However, all children progress at different rates-- so your daughter may look like she is advancing quickly, or slowly compared to other skaters in the club. As long as she is enjoying...

Figure Skating: Abrasion on ankles from skating, ankle bones, ankle bone
ankle bones, ankle bone, bruce forciea: HI Cori: Sorry to hear about the abrasions. Riedell Silver Stars are a good quality skate and can be very stiff around the ankles. Generally when I have run into this problem I have recommended not lacing the skates all the way up. Remember, the tightest...

Figure Skating: Adult Skating, triple axel, adult skaters
triple axel, adult skaters, sk8stuff: Hi,Adult skating is HUGE! There are many competitions for all levels of adults. Check out: www.usfsa.org, www.skateisi.org, and www.sk8stuff.com/m_adult.asp. Get a good coach that is interested in adult skaters. Many rinks have group lessons also for...

Figure Skating: How to Do an Arabian?, hard move, lfo
hard move, lfo, rfi: Hi Jo Ann, An Arabian is an exciting move! I always suggest that it be learned off-ice first. It is basically a handless cartwheel . Practice the cartwheeling action first holding on to something about hip height. Work on the scissor action of your legs....

Figure Skating: Art Therapy&Fear, carpal tunnel braces, bruce forciea
carpal tunnel braces, bruce forciea, knee supports: HI Winnie: Yes that is a good idea about skating therapy. When I think back of the hundreds of skaters I have known I think some of them were using skating for therapeutic reasons. It really adds a lot to one s life. I am glad you are continuing to...

Figure Skating: Average skater improvement, roller skater, toe loop
roller skater, toe loop, double loop: Wow...a double loop in ayear is amazing! Progress is very individual. It depends on age, size, previous athletic rxperience etc. We once had an ex roller skater in class that everyone thought was a phenom till they found out she roller skated. Some skaters...

Figure Skating: AXEL 101, friend zoe, skid mark
friend zoe, skid mark, lack of sleep: Ayurella, Thank you for your questions. 1.Regarding the takeoff--it needs to come from a clean edge with no pre-rotation (is that why you are sliding?)You have to enter the jump with your hips square to your shoulders. A lot of skaters pre-rotate by pulling...

Figure Skating: AXEL!, simple waltz, double jumps
simple waltz, double jumps, forward edge: HI Marla: I think every skater at some time in their training has experienced fear in learning a new jump or spin. The axel is a real milestone in your development and many skaters have difficulty at first. Here are some of the things I did as a coach...

Figure Skating: Axel, waltz jumps, parallel position
waltz jumps, parallel position, axels: HI Jan: Yes the axel is a difficult jump and a milestone in skating. The feel and timing of the jump is nothing like any of the other single jumps and many skaters have problems learning it. It sounds as though you are doing everything most skaters...

Figure Skating: Axel and Double Salchow, salchow, free leg
salchow, free leg, left leg: Dear Sarah, When you are up in the air on the jump, just concentrate on letting the ice come to you.. that s all you think about. If this doesn t work, start making yourself do.. say five situps every time you reach for the ice. Another tip is not to think...

Figure Skating: Axel Problems, layback, hurricane wilma
layback, hurricane wilma, midair: Hi, Axel is a real hard one for everyone to learn. You need to be a bit fearless! I go though your struggle with my students every day and even more in Axel class. First of all never worry about others at a different rink. Practice for yourself. Use this...

Figure Skating: Axel, good luck, guidance
good luck, guidance, coach: Hi, this can be really hard! Make sure you have good technique and strength and it will come. Work the jump off-ice. Hopefully you have a coach or class to work on it, of not you must. There are many fine points to help you get rotation. A harness may...

Figure Skating: Axle, psychological problem, setting goals
psychological problem, setting goals, motions: well since she has been doing it for a while, it is probably more of a psychological problem than it is a physical one. she needs to concentrate on taking off the way she always has. She could try imagining herself doing it when she is off the ice, practicing...

Figure Skating: not able to afford ice skating, figure skater, public sessions
figure skater, public sessions, skating school: Hi Emily: Yes skating can be a very expensive sport and there is nothing that can replace an expert coach or training program. However there are a few things you can do to keep the costs somewhat down. Here are a few tips: Equipment--used versus new....

Figure Skating: adult skating, adult nationals, don korte
adult nationals, don korte, gamit: Hi(Thought I answered this before, but if not, please accept my apologies) Listen: don t listen to those who tell you You re too old to skate. Someone told me years ago that Skating s for kids and had I listened I would have never met the nice people...

Figure Skating: Can adults compete in Nationals, figure skating association, united states figure skating association
figure skating association, united states figure skating association, states figure skating association: Apologies for not answering this sooner - I have a long commute and sometimes come in late. For the answer to this question, may I suggest you contact The United States Figure Skating Association (www.usfsa.org) they can better direct you as to what you...

Figure Skating: i am afriad, professional instruction, happy new year
professional instruction, happy new year, group lessons: Hi Missy- First of all, I would not recommend trying to jump or spin without professional instruction. It s very dangerous, especially to try to jump without learning how to do it correctly. If you re not ready for private lessons yet, maybe check with your...

Figure Skating: age to skate, little bones, skaters
little bones, skaters, sara: Hi Kareen, Many skaters begin skating very young, often at age 3-4. I would probably hold out another year or so, since two is quite young and it can be difficult to learn correctly at such a young age. It wouldn t hurt to start introducing her to the sport...

Figure Skating: What age to start, 3 year olds, s young
3 year olds, s young, group classes: Hi Tanya, No, she is not too young. They will have beginning classes for toddlers, and I m sure she won t even be the youngest there. I have taught 3-year-olds in some of my learn-to-skate group classes before. Since you are thinking of getting her into...

Figure Skating: When is an appropriate to begin skating?, hi mom, double blades
hi mom, double blades, skates: Hi, Mom and Tot is a great way to start. It will be fun for both of you. You will learn enough to at least skate with her to practice. Definately buy single blade, you cannot do anything but walk on double. Have her practice walking on her skates alot...

Figure Skating: athlete funding, level competitors, athlete
level competitors, athlete, good luck: Hi, I m glad to hear you love skating! But it is costly. Check with your rink perhaps you could work for ice time. Also you could become a Jr coach for tots and beginners in exchange for ice. Be creative. Unfortunately there is not much funding except...

Figure Skating: My axel..., axel, takeoff
axel, takeoff, skater: HI Marla: A difficult question to answer without seeing you perform the axel. I do know that it sometimes takes a long time and I have coached many students who have had difficulties. The axel is a big step in your development as a skater and represents...

Figure Skating: axel jump, axis of rotation, double axel
axis of rotation, double axel, loop jump: Paul, Thank you for you question, I ll give you my thoughts on the double axel and what has worked for me. There are many places where the skater needs to get power in order to complete this jump. Obviously the bend in the skating leg has to be deeper then...

Figure Skating: axel trouble!, quarter rotation, jump harness
quarter rotation, jump harness, muscle memory: Hey Kat- Learning the Axel is tough, and getting it consistent is even tougher! It took my coach and I so long to get mine consistent, I m sure it drove him crazy! What helped me was finally getting on a jump harness. Your coach can hold you up longer so...

Figure Skating: axel, wrong foot, skating rink
wrong foot, skating rink, good luck: Hi Ashley, I know it can be frustrating not to be able to land a jump. I don t think there is anything specific I can tell you since I cannot see your jump. However I ll give you some tips that I think will help. First of all I find what really helps is...

Figure Skating: Backspin, toe loop, stationary position
toe loop, stationary position, sweet spot: Hi Anna, Learning a backspin is tough, and it can be really frustrating. You might try entering it from an inside three turn instead of stationary. Make sure to talk to your coach first and make sure she thinks you re ready to enter from moving, though. It...

Figure Skating: Backwards Spin, loop position, concrete answers
loop position, concrete answers, double jump: Jonathan, Thank you for your question. There are many approaches to doing this jump well. For me the most important is to think of the jump as a jump and not a spin in the air-many people get stuck on this and as you watch them attempt the jump you see that...

Figure Skating: Balde Choice, novice test, dance coach
novice test, dance coach, gold seal: Hi, I doubt wether the double toe is just a blade thing. It takes good technique, but more toe pick could help if she slips alot. My choice lately for FS is Ultima Freestyle blades. But these may not be great for dance (I don t dance). Also Mk Phantom...

Figure Skating: Too Much Ballet Training for Figure Skating?, spread eagles, ballet training
spread eagles, ballet training, jump technique: Hi, ballet and skating are great together but there are differences! The air positions are important and the no spot spins. You will just need to really focus on jump technique. Make sure you work with a coach that understands ballet and it will come together....

Figure Skating: Ballet vs skating, classic ballet, skaters
classic ballet, skaters, posture: Hi, Ballet is fabulous for skating but there are differences! You do one to enhance the other. I have my skaters do ballet but the studio knows they are skaters first and work with them. Sometimes the studio wants you to be dancer. Pointe is another issue,...

Figure Skating: Ballet, ballet class, figure skater
ballet class, figure skater, skaters: Hi, ballet is great for any level. I don t see how it can hinder you unless it is not a good school. Perhaps your coach wants the emphasis on skating and is worried ballet will take time away from the ice. Listen to your coach but maybe ask why. I have...

Figure Skating: BEGINNING FIGURE SKATING, competition purposes, skating club
competition purposes, skating club, usfsa: Hi Jen, thanks for your question. You don t need to be a member of a USFSA club to participate in their test or competitive structure--all you would need to be is an individual member of USFSA. But as your daughter advances and wants to pursue private lessons,...

Figure Skating: Becoming a Coach, novice level, usfsa
novice level, usfsa, figure skater: Hi Kerri Sorry but I can t help you much.. Canada has different Certification and Coaching Criteria then the States. Everyone has to Register with Skate Canada and we are insured through them. Please let me know if there are any other questions you have...

Figure Skating: Becoming a coach, amateur status, group lessons
amateur status, group lessons, proffesional: Leah, Yeah, that is most certainly a possibility. they changed the rules about being paid and still being an amateur competitor a few years ago. I got paid to teach group lessons and whatnot all through my skating career. I don t even think there s anything...

Figure Skating: Becoming a coach, novice level, usfsa
novice level, usfsa, figure skater: Hi, every rink and area has different requirements. You may find want ads in PSA, ISI, and STAR magazines. At my rink you need ISI associate membership (minimum)and Liability Insurance from either PSA, USFSA, or ISI. We require minimum $1,000,000 coverage....

Figure Skating: Beginner Dance Blades, roller skates, artistic roller
roller skates, artistic roller, ice skates: Hi, not sure why you bought Synchro blades? They have a shorter heel, but if you want to just ice dance this is ok. A Legacy or Protege would have been better. Also MK Professional. However the toe scratching is more than likely part of your transition...

Figure Skating: Beginning Coaching, independant contractor, private lesson
independant contractor, private lesson, liability insurance: Hi, coaching is a tough business. Hopefully you have a competitive skating background. It is not neeeded but a Gold or Senior test in any discipline is a help. First of all check all resources and become a member of PSA. They can help you the most. ...

Figure Skating: Biellman...on ice, blade, good luck
blade, good luck, coach: Hi, Sounds like you are getting it! Start with just finding the blade in a glide and a spin. Then as balance gets better pull up. It will take time and please be careful as you can fall bad hanging on to your blade. Have your coach help you please!!!...

Figure Skating: Bielman, yoga stretches, skater
yoga stretches, skater, spiral: Hi, You will need to work on the floor first. I would suggest getting some sort of strap to help pull up your foot. There are yoga ones and stretching specific ones. Pull your foot and leg up gently to build strength. Go slow! Also many yoga stretches...

Figure Skating: Blades, wieghts, noticeable difference
wieghts, noticeable difference, mirage: Hi, blade selection can be confusing. But I ve never had a problem with weight. Mirage would not be for your level, perhaps Ultima Legacy or Protege. Also MK Professional is good for that level. The Coronation Ace is about that level of blades but most...

Figure Skating: Blades, latest gadgets, wieghts
latest gadgets, wieghts, narrow foot: Hi Debbie, Ah Yes…. The great blade question. They are both good blades for a skater at her level. In my opinion, the weight of the blade makes no difference, as long as she is getting an introductory freeskate blade, it really doesn t matter. The whole...

Figure Skating: Boot, Loop, Spin Speed and Camel, freestyle 4, new boots
freestyle 4, new boots, risport: Dear Hae, The RF2 Super is meant to be a higher level boot. The strength of boot that you need not only depends on your level of skating, but also on your body size, and the amount of time spent skating. If you live near a boot fitter,I would advise going...

Figure Skating: Boots, daughter sara, club freestyle
daughter sara, club freestyle, usfsa: Hi Anne, Could you clarify for me, is your daughter in ISI Freestyle 3/4 or the USFSA s learn to skate program/junior club Freestyle 3/4? The RF2 is a pretty advanced boot, designed for the skater doing double and triple jumps. If your daughter is working...

Figure Skating: Boots/Blades--Did I Choose Well? :), harlick boots, foot tracings
harlick boots, foot tracings, stock boots: Thank you for your question. A lot of it has to do with the level of skating that you will be doing. Boots have come a long way. It used to be if you ordered stock boots the only way to get them to fit (if you have foot problems) was to get them stretched...

Figure Skating: Boots and Blades, boots and blades, mk gold
boots and blades, mk gold, sp teri: Hi Sarah, Thanks for your question. For boots I would recommend either SP-Teri or Harlick. I have always skated in custom Harlick s and believe that they are the best on the market. If you have a good skate shop near you, I would recommend that you go there...

Figure Skating: Boots, figure skating boots, isi system
figure skating boots, isi system, level thanks: Hi again, Winnie:) The RF2 Super is a rather stiff boot, but if you are having no problems with the stiffness, I would say to go ahead and stick with it. If your boots aren t causing any discomfort, and if you re not struggling with any of your elements, I...

Figure Skating: backsit, smooth wall, bruce forciea
smooth wall, bruce forciea, dr bruce: HI Sam: Great question. For sit spins I recommend squatting exercises. You can do these as simply as leaning with your back against a smooth wall or door and then sliding down so your knees are bent to at least 90 degrees. In my clinic we do these with...

Figure Skating: bad habits, self help books, walk throughs
self help books, walk throughs, nack: Hi, You sound just like one of my students! Actualy several of them. Skating is a challenge! What is Losing it? Is it the timing? The feel? The landing? Narrow it down first. It is not lost just misplaced. I normally suggest try something else for...

Figure Skating: balance, bosu balls, wobble boards
bosu balls, wobble boards, unstable base: Hi Emily, Balance is pretty important:) Have you taken any ballet or yoga? Both of those imcorporate a lot of balance and will help with your skating. If you can t take a class, you could try doing dvds. Also, there are balance boards and bosu balls that...

Figure Skating: becoming a coach, federation website, group lessons
federation website, group lessons, proffesional: Hi Marceline, Actually I am in the process myself of coming a professional skating coach. However I am Canbadian and I believe you are from the States and therefore the systems might be a little different. Here you would have to be at least 16 years old to...

Figure Skating: becoming a professional ice skater, ankle joints, clever moves
ankle joints, clever moves, adult beginners: Hi, not to be negative but training to be a professional is a life long thing. At 23 you can still become a competant skater, but you need lessons. Check with your local rink for classes to begin. Then move into private coaching to do even more. There...

Figure Skating: Just begining, olympic level, skaters
olympic level, skaters, begining: Cherokee-- Sorry it took me so long to get back to you! Listen, first of all, anything is possible, so don t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Second of all, there are tons of other olympic level skaters that started between ages 13-16, so you definatley...

Figure Skating: beginner, skating institute, bruce forciea
skating institute, bruce forciea, usfsa: HI Jennifer: Excellent question because I m sure a lot of people your age would also be interested in skating. If your rink is involved with a program called the ISI or Ice Skating Institute Check out: http://www.skateisi.com/site/main.cfm?membertype=skaters...

Figure Skating: beginner spinning, adult skaters, forward edge
adult skaters, forward edge, free leg: Hello! It s ironic that you ask me this, as just recently one of the adult skaters at my club also asked for spinning advice! First of all, I would suggest forgetting about the 6 ! For now, your main priority should be getting rotation on the spin, rather...

Figure Skating: beginning pairs, foot movements, stars on ice
foot movements, stars on ice, basic elements: A great way to learn spins is to start right from the most basic elements of the spin, and go from there. Stand shoulder to shoulder,(left shoulders for Counterclock wise spinners, right shoulders for clock wise) facing opposite directions. Step away from...

Figure Skating: beginning skater, iron mountain michigan, adult teams
iron mountain michigan, adult teams, money issue: Hi Amanda Follow your dreams. Skating takes time to become really good at… I like to look at skating at your age as a way to learn new things, to have some type of exercise, to challenge yourself, and to meet new friends with the same interests. It s...

Figure Skating: beginning skating, figure skater, frozen pond
figure skater, frozen pond, matter what level: Hi Elizabeth, I did synchro swim in college! It was way harder for me than skating! If you want to skate, take lessons! It s definetely not too late. No matter what level you get to, skating is awesome. You ll learn so much. Colorado Springs is an amazing...

Figure Skating: blade advice, boots gold, foot rocker
boots gold, foot rocker, gold seal: Hi again! No problem in asking more questions, that is why we are here. I don t know that much about Graf. In the industry as a whole, boots are getting better. I know Ridell and Graf are both doing the heat molded thing, where they have a small oven ...

Figure Skating: blade advice, boots gold, gold seal
boots gold, gold seal, personal preference: Hi Irene, Well I think that mostly this is something you should talk to a skate shop person about. It s always good to have one who knows you and your skating and can help you make the right choice for yourself. In any case, I honestly don t know anything...

Figure Skating: blade advice, boots gold, gold seal
boots gold, gold seal, dorothy hamill: Hi, boots are really personal. As far as blades I tried Gold Star and did not like them (again an opinion). I wore Gold Seal, switched to Phantom when I got my first free pair of MK as a competitor. My coach and I gave alot of input to their new design....

Figure Skating: blade advice, boots gold, home weekends
boots gold, home weekends, gold seal: Hi Irene Sorry to here that you had your skates stolen.. that s awful! I don t have any skaters currently skating in Gold Star Blades but I can tell you the K-pick is not recommended by most coaches. What I know about Gold Star is they are suppose to...

Figure Skating: Which blade?, step sequences, four aces
step sequences, four aces, double jumps: Hi, first congratulations on your acheivements! But a better blade will help spins. I used to always recommend Phantoms, in fact my picture was in their ads. They are great for spins and jumps. But lately I have most of my students on Ultima Freestyle....

Figure Skating: blades, mature figure, figure skater
mature figure, figure skater, gold seal: Hi Liz, If you would like to stick with Wilson blades, a few popular choices are the gold seal, coronation comet, and coronation ace. They are all mid-range blades with manageable toe picks. I myself have always used MK blades, mine are the Phantom special,...

Figure Skating: blades, fancy cuts, fancy design
fancy cuts, fancy design, best of luck: Nadia! If it is the blade I am thinking about (an ISE Shadow).. that is what I skate on, and LOVE them! They do take alot of adjusting to, because they are much lighter, and different to skate on. Best of luck! Regards, and let me know howthey...

Figure Skating: What blades to purchase?, mk gold, gold seals
mk gold, gold seals, double axel: Kristel, Thank you for your question. It sounds as if your daughter is advancing at a very fast pace. Two blades that I like are the MK Phantom and the MK Gold Star. They are both very good blades. Remember when purchasing new equipment it is best to...

Figure Skating: What blades to purchase?, gold seals, double axel
gold seals, double axel, endorsement deal: Hi, My students love the Ultima Freestyle. Pick is big and looks mean but they all handle it well. I always skated on Gold Seal and then Phantom when I got an endorsement deal from MK. Just watch the sharpening because the blades all become too flat for...

Figure Skating: blades, wieghts, reputable dealer
wieghts, reputable dealer, straight cut: Debbie, Thank you for your question. I know your frustration about picking out equipment, I almost hear it on a daily basis as a coach. As you point out, most coaches have their favorites. In today s market there are many different brands out there from...

Figure Skating: boot and blade, riedell, bruce forciea
riedell, bruce forciea, new boot: Hi Kaitlyn: That s a great question for a skate technician or pro shop. It will depend on the length of the sole of the size 6 boot and this will depend on the make of the boot. In some cases if the blade on the smaller boot is nearly end to end the blade...

Figure Skating: Camel change camel, flying camel, best interest
flying camel, best interest, knees: Hi Stephanie, I can try my best to help, but it would be in your best interest to ask a professional to watch your spin. What may be happening when you change feet is that you are loosing the camel position. What I mean by this is that yu could be standing...

Figure Skating: Camel, Loop, Axel.. + New boots and Blades.., boots and blades, foot spiral
boots and blades, foot spiral, spin loop: Hi, glad you are enjoying skating! Your lessons will help...be patient and work hard, you can learn all the moves. Camel: Take a strong curve in on a kneebend. Rise up as you turn the 3 turn. You will go on the toepick but should come right down. Loop:...

Figure Skating: Camel Spin, striate, camel
striate, camel, good luck: Hi, I don t know what to suggest about the hand on spinning leg on the entrance? You may be confused with the position your coach wants during the spin. I always teach both arms straight going in. Check with your coach next lesson. Good luck, Diann...

Figure Skating: Camel spin, camel, curve
camel, curve, good luck: Hi, this happens to skaters alot! Make sure your entrance curve is deep enough. If it is short and shallow you will run into your toepick. Practice staying down on our kneebend a bit longer, watch the curve, make sure there is a 3 turn to start the spin....

Figure Skating: Camels, straight position, free leg
straight position, free leg, camels: Hi, the entrance is the most important part. Assuming the spin is counter clockwise, make sure you hold the left arm in front to initiate the spin. The free leg must be strong behind also and tightly stretched. As you turn the 3 turn you will hit the pick,...

Figure Skating: Child - Figure Skating, two legs, sequential manner
two legs, sequential manner, stage 4: Viet Can, Part of your daughter s problems stem from her age. I ve seen this with many many children over the years. My advice - put your daughter on the ice as much as possible. As she becomes more comfortable on the ice, she will begin to use both...

Figure Skating: Child - Figure Skating, two legs, sequential manner
two legs, sequential manner, free leg: It sounds to me that she has yet to master the change of weight from one side to the other. When I teach beginning stroking or crossover, I often employ the scooter technique to introduce the feeling of weight on one side then the other side of the body....

Figure Skating: Child - Figure Skating, two legs, bad habit
two legs, bad habit, sequential manner: Hi, Actually I am also a Canadian figure skater so I am know the system pretty well. Stage 4 is a very good stage for her age for I don t know many that are that young and have passed that many stages. However like you syggested when a skater tends to favor...

Figure Skating: Choosing Blades, double axel, double jumps
double axel, double jumps, skater: Hi, Phantoms are great. I used to compete on them. But lately I have most of my students on Ultima Freestyle. These are kids from learning axel to a SR Lady doing triples. But most important for you is check with your coach. They know the skater and...

Figure Skating: Competition Nerves, footing, isi
footing, isi, nerves: Hi, I would suggest over training your routine! It is not that long so you should be able to do it twice easily. When you are super confident you can relax under pressure. Try to do some exhibitions or smaller events to perform for people. Even ISI events...

Figure Skating: Conditioning training, ankle weights, body muscles
ankle weights, body muscles, foot male: Hi Diana, thank you for your question. You know I have never believed in the use of ankle weights. I think they do more harm then good. The foot is just to delicate to add that unnatural stress and pressure. What I do recommend is a good off-ice program....

Figure Skating: Conditioning, pnf stretches, principal dancer
pnf stretches, principal dancer, bruce forciea: HI Winnie: A couple of years ago I was working with the local ballet company and the principal dancer I had been treating for back pain had an unusual request. She needed to get into a position where she could lift her leg from behind over her head. I...

Figure Skating: Confidence, group lessons, good luck
group lessons, good luck, confidence: Hi, I assume you are not in the US because any age can be in the club. It is important to gain confidence as you progress. You need to make sure you are training correctly with an instructor. At the very least group lessons to learn you basics right. This...

Figure Skating: Confidence?, nightly treatment, confidence builders
nightly treatment, confidence builders, compression bandaging: Hi, this is a VERY common issue, especially your age group. It sounds like your daughter is motivated and must love skating. How did she compete the rest of the year? She may need to get out and skate in front of people alot to overcome the fear. Try...

Figure Skating: Correcting body posture on jumps, body posture, push ups
body posture, push ups, exercise tools: Hi, this happens to ALOT of skaters. I always feel old habits happen under pressure and when they are tired. The breaking forward thing is a natural human reaction when a bit unsure. Imagine walking down the street and you trip...you break forward. Work...

Figure Skating: Counters Novice MIF, cross strokes, knee action
cross strokes, knee action, deep edge: Good Question! You know I haven t worked on these for a very long time, I need to actually go out and skate the move before I can give you a good answer. On the entry are you directing your flow onto the axis or away from it--is that why you are running...

Figure Skating: cant get axel, quadriceps muscles, waltz jumps
quadriceps muscles, waltz jumps, bruce forciea: Hi Kevin: I m sure your friend Morgan appreciates your help. The axel is a tough jump because of the forward takeoff. If she is able to cleanly land the dbl salchow and toe loop then the problem is probably with her forward takeoff. You might want to read...

Figure Skating: Do i have a chance?, crowd pleasers, professional skater
crowd pleasers, professional skater, talent scouts: Claudia- Although I am not extremely familiar with the skate UK system, I seem to have gathered enough online that I can give you my answer. And that is, yes. I do believe that you have what it takes to become a professional skater. 14 is not that late...

Figure Skating: cheorography, technical elements, factual knowledge
technical elements, factual knowledge, choreography: Hi, choreography is a very important part of figure skating both as a sport and art. As art a skater is like dance with speed and flow. As sport choreography integrates the rules and needed technical elements into a program. I coach many levels and do most...

Figure Skating: child skater, practice habits, private lessons
practice habits, private lessons, skaters: Hi, the rate of progress is different for all! It depends on many factors...mostly practice habits! I have had skaters that go from Prelininary to Juvenile in a year. I have also had kids that just maintain because they do not practice. An average 7 year...

Figure Skating: choerography, jazz dancer, ballet dancer
jazz dancer, ballet dancer, ricky harris: Hi Sidney, thank you for your question. I am not sure what concrete information I can provide, but the role of a choreographer to a skater is best compared to that of a choreographer to a ballet dancer, jazz dancer or in that vein any trained or un-trained...

Figure Skating: choreography/style clinic, line gestures, movement exercises
line gestures, movement exercises, dance background: Hi Carrie, My favorite subjects! For the choreography class, I usually hold the first 50 minutes off the ice. I discuss (and this is a beginning class) what the difference between choreography and style is? Choreography is the steps--or I call it the...

Figure Skating: Would like to coach, psa membership, microfish
psa membership, microfish, usfsa: Hi, US Figure Skating can look them up if you know your club or #. It may take awhile if it was long ago. I think it is on microfish. To coach you will need: PSA membership (maybe certification) US Figure membership perhaps ISI and judging certification...

Figure Skating: coach, professional skaters association, york pa
professional skaters association, york pa, psa: Dear Kristina, I am sorry I don t know anyone in your area. What I would do is contact the Professional Skaters Association. They have a break down of coaches who are members by state. You can reach the PSA by calling 507-281-5122 or their web site is...

Figure Skating: coaching, college degree, isi
college degree, isi, psa: Hi a coach should really have a gold medal or senior test. But many rinks will hire skaters with less to start out. A Senior test is like a college degree, you can get a job anywhere. If you do not have that educate yourself. Attend seminars either ISI...

Figure Skating: coaching, russian ballet, 8 years
russian ballet, 8 years, good luck: Hi, There is no set answer here. You need to be around what everyone else charges at your rink. Classes are normaly paid by the rink or school at a set fee. Privates are up to you. Don t over or under price. If you have tests (SR or Gold) or ratings...

Figure Skating: competing, usfsa rulebook, novice level
usfsa rulebook, novice level, test level: Hi Joel: Good question and I m sorry but I don t know the exact answer because it would depend on the type of competition (qualifying versus non-qualifying. You would find this in the USFSA rulebook. Your coach should have a copy as well as any of your...

Figure Skating: competing, freeskate, level tests
freeskate, level tests, prize money: Hi again, To compete at Regionals you must be at minimum the Juvenile level (unless your region has Non-qualifying events). For Juvenile you must have passed the Juvenile Freeskate and Moves in the Field level tests. If you are 13 or older you will need...

Figure Skating: competition skating, approximate time frame, regional events
approximate time frame, regional events, certain age: Hi, yes skating has a very long road! You start out in group or private lessons. Advance through a grueling set of tests. Along the way you gain experience competing in local competitions. When you reach the Juvenile level you now can compete in regional...

Figure Skating: competitions, nisa, competitions
nisa, competitions, coach: Hi, There must be some sort of rulebook or manual that lays it all out. Generally here in the US each level has specific requirements and/or restrictions. The actual competition announcement also will lay out the rules. Also I really think you need a coach...

Figure Skating: competitions, artistic program, move programs
artistic program, move programs, zoe: Hi Zoe, I thought I sent you a response already, but maybe it did not go thru? Any way...competition is a great part of skating. Try to start small. Maybe an ISI or artistic program. Or compulsory move programs depending on your personality. Be sure...

Figure Skating: A couple of questions, bad habits, hurdle
bad habits, hurdle, waltz: Hi, An Axel is a jump that takes off forwards, rotates 1 & 1/2 times. It is similar to a Waltz Jump in takeoff and landing. Skaters starting out regard it as a huge hurdle to learn. Once you master the Axel, you move on to double jumps. Hopefully you...

Figure Skating: cross foot spin, basic skills tests, proper position
basic skills tests, proper position, toes: Trevor, Rethinking your question. Thank you for your question. Wow, it s been along time since I have done the croos foot spin, I believe it used to be required in one of the basic skills tests--but only for guys. I ve seen the spin done both in the t-position...

Figure Skating: crossovers, forward crossovers, bruce forciea
forward crossovers, bruce forciea, info thanks: Most problems with crossovers occur from not maintaining the outside edge during the cross. Sometime skaters lean to the outside of the circle instead of the inside while the leg crosses over. For example when skating counterclockwise and crossing the right...

Figure Skating: crossovers, forward crossovers, foot placement
forward crossovers, foot placement, little chance: Hi, This is common. It is fear of hitting your toepicks! Perhaps try kneepads(gel are the thinnest)to ease the pain just in case. I hope you are taking a class or lesson to learn correctly then you really have little chance of injury. Make sure to practice...

Figure Skating: Dance for skating, traditional ballet, ballet class
traditional ballet, ballet class, fingures: Hi Sarah! Thanks for your question! First of all congratulations with your skating and getting those double jumps, the lutz will come along, remember it is rated higher because it is a jump based on a counter turn, ie: you take off on one curve and land on...

Figure Skating: Dance, syllable poem, violets are blue
syllable poem, violets are blue, roses are red violets are blue: Marg-- Thanks for your question! My suggestion for your problem, is think up a four syllable poem, or limerick that will help you get on time without actually counting. Ex. Roses are red, Violets are blue, Skating is fun, Hope this helps you....

Figure Skating: Dear Miss DeLeeuw, My..., writing a feature article, olympic gold medal
writing a feature article, olympic gold medal, noodletools: Wow lots of questions! 1. Training is intense. I spent 6-8 hours per day. Plus dance, stretching, etc. 2. Competition time is hard. You must always be focused and every move is scrutinized. 3. I loved the winner! Shizuka was a great skater at the...

Figure Skating: Delta Level, delta level, free leg
delta level, free leg, bunny hop: Hi, edges are important! Your blade has 2 sides or edges, you must be on acurve skating on only one. The inside of your foot is the inside edge, outside is outside edge. Use a line to center the change of feet. The arms help control the curve, also your...

Figure Skating: Difficulties in loop jump, snake pattern, loop jump
snake pattern, loop jump, lfi: Hi, Nothing wrong with the 3 turn to learn it! To do it from mohawk: Use a line. Push a RFI edge on one side, then the LFI mohawk on the other side. Then allow the curve of the BO edge to get back to the line (like a snake pattern). Jump when you are...

Figure Skating: Double Axel, double axel, sports psychologist
double axel, sports psychologist, mental exercises: Hi Debbe, I can offer a few ideas, but honestly I would say that at this kind of level, a skater should be getting help from her coach and the other resources at her club. I do not know her or the details of her situation, nor can I watch her skate, so...

Figure Skating: Double Axel, upper body strength, hurdle
upper body strength, hurdle, variations: Hi, double axel is so hard to master! Try to remember what a hurdle axel was. There are hundreds of variations of technique. Make sure you are doing harness lessons. The coach needs to not lift, just support you. Off ice jumps helps. She will also...

Figure Skating: Double Axle, triple toe loop, triple salchow
triple toe loop, triple salchow, double axel: Hi Rachel: Yes the double axel is a difficult jump as it requires a high level of skill and strength to complete. There are a variety of reasons that you may not be able to complete the revolutions and it would be difficult to determine your problem without...

Figure Skating: Double Flip, flying camel, salchow
flying camel, salchow, free leg: Hi, Double flip must get the spring from the skating leg not the pick. Practice lifting up on the single. Then arms need to stay in till you land. Work on the check out with the free leg. Flying camel must have the right take off pattern. Your jump should...

Figure Skating: Double Jumps, luck and work, double jumps
luck and work, double jumps, toe loop: Hi, sounds like you don t have the technique to do doubles. The salchow will initially be more like an axel. You must get over your landing side to land on one foot! The toe loop is a bit harder, make sure it is NOT an axel. You must make sure to follow...

Figure Skating: Double Jumps, figure skaters, double jumps
figure skaters, double jumps, double jump: Hi, Dbl Axel is by far the hardest. It is still tough for Olympic skaters. Once you have single axel, dbl sal or toe follows quickly. Off ice the spinner helps you center. Trampoline is fake height but you can feel more rotation. Just mock up the whole...

Figure Skating: Double Sowchow, salchow, bouble
salchow, bouble, timing changes: Hi, It is and it isn t! It is an easy way to think of SALCHOW when you are new to the jump and going slow. But when speed and power is added the timing changes. If you turn too much on SALCHOW(to be like axel) it will look cheated on the takeoff. Try holding...

Figure Skating: Double Toe, entrance 3, free leg
entrance 3, free leg, thanks in advance: Hi, Make sure it is not a toe-axel, that is turning before you go up. Practice the tap at the wall. As your free leg passes through make the transfer to rotation postion. Keep your entrance 3 turn light, maybe even a little bounce if you feel heavy. Good...

Figure Skating: Double toe & Double loop, takeoff point, double loop
takeoff point, double loop, double jumps: Hi, my preference is getting on one foot. The weight change must be correct to acheive the jump landing. Rotation is also very important, but will come. Landing on the toepick is needed for proper flow out. Practice your singles to get used to it. Good...

Figure Skating: Double toe/double loop, double loop, toe loop
double loop, toe loop, skater: Yes, I know Sal; often the jumps do look similar. The key is in the takeoff. In the double toe loop the skater takes off from two feet; a backward outside edge on one foot (usually the right) and jams the toe in the ice with the other foot. In the double loop...

Figure Skating: Doubles and age, talented skater, double axel
talented skater, double axel, double jumps: Hello That s awesome! 7yrs old is quite young to be doing all of their doubles. The norm is usually for a talented skater that by age 9, they have most of their double jumps. My only advice is to make sure your daughter is having fun, and establishing...

Figure Skating: Dying to Skate, jazz dancer, adult focus
jazz dancer, adult focus, broken heart: Hi, it is pretty hard starting at 20 to compete as a pro. But there is a huge world of Adult skating. There is even an adult championship. Check for Adult Focus groups on the web or www.usfigureskating .org. Good luck and follow your dream. Diann...

Figure Skating: that dang axel, axel, good luck
axel, good luck, fear: Hi, wow is this a common problem! The worst thing is it can return even after you get the axel. And then there is double axel! Have you had harness lessons? Harness will ease the fear if done right. Have your coach gradually back off assisting you...

Figure Skating: I have a daughter who will..., figure skating club, foot skills
figure skating club, foot skills, two legs: Hi Viet, thanks for the question. My wife and I have been involved with CanSkate since they changed over from the old NST program. Infact, the CanSkate program was first used in pilot form at the Brandon Figure Skating Club in Manitoba. I used to coach there....

Figure Skating: A different type of skater!, flying camel, synchro team
flying camel, synchro team, original way: Hi, wow believe it or not I did that as a child. I was forced to learn spins the other way for me in order to do flying and change spins better. Eventually you can do both ways. I always did layback better my original way! However for an Adult doing this...

Figure Skating: i don't understand, salchow, arms and legs
salchow, arms and legs, e mail: Hi, Double salchow is not hard if you have all your basic jumps and a good axel. Hopefully you have a coach to show you technique. Once you have your technique, the complicated part is execution and timing. Rotation comes from pulling arms and legs in....

Figure Skating: double axel take off, conservation of angular momentum, law of conservation of angular momentum
conservation of angular momentum, law of conservation of angular momentum, forward momentum: Hi Rhonda: That s great that you can do a single axel with a clean edge. Many skaters can t do that. The double axel takeoff is different though. I ve been to a few PSA seminars in which we examined the takeoffs of a number of double axels. What was surprising...

Figure Skating: the double axel, double axel, rotations
double axel, rotations, good luck: Hi, the double axel is tough! Work off ice to quicken rotation. In order to complete the jump you must not only jump high but attain the rotation position quickly. If you can work the harness with your coach it would help. Good luck, remember it will...

Figure Skating: double jumps.., wobble board, double axel
wobble board, double axel, double jumps: Hi, sounds like it could be several problems: 1. Core strength, work on being strong on the landing. Do exercises for abs, upper body, quads, etc. Work on balancing on a wobble board, foam roller, or any of many balance balls. 2. Not pointing your landing...

Figure Skating: double jumps, double jumps, salchow
double jumps, salchow, jumping the gun: HI, Wow you are jumping the gun going to the lutz! It is usually the last double before axel. it sounds like you still need to perfect your technique on singles before moving on. Please take this up with your coach or teacher. Once axel is close, you...

Figure Skating: double jumps, double jumps, loop jump
double jumps, loop jump, double loop: Hi Terrie, I would just like to say sorry for taking so long to answer back. Now for your question, to learn double jumps first of all it all depends on the skater. Some take a month others six. You said the jump she was having difficulty with was the double...

Figure Skating: double loop, double loop, natural response
double loop, natural response, free arm: Hi Sarah Not to worry, a common thing that happens once and a while. Where to start 1) Make sure everything is going together on the take-off. The free arm and foot should remain in front and remain together. Also, keep your head still, it should...

Figure Skating: double loop, double loop, back spin
double loop, back spin, hardest time: Hi, sometimes that last bit of rotation is hard to get. Work on the back spin position, squeezing your thighs and ankles together. Practice singles landing with arms still in and also in a hoop position. Then on the double... Make sure your free foot...

Figure Skating: Crossing legs, crossing legs, salchow
crossing legs, salchow, double loop: Hi Katherine, It is hard to start to cross your legs when you have not been for a while. The best way I think would be to start on the floor, and do jumps on the ground, and take your time practicing crossing your legs and using a harness with your coach...

Figure Skating: double loop, double loop, knees
double loop, knees, shoulders: Hi Sarah, First of all I would like to say that it is common for someone to get a jump and then loose it after working on it for a little while so it s nothing to stress over. I know you would like to get it back and just take it from the basics then. Now...

Figure Skating: double lutz, flying camel, strength training program
flying camel, strength training program, lutzes: Dear Dorothy, It is so hard to keep a skater from flutzing. Have your student keep working single lutzes over and over, increasing speed and height. Once she realizes that she can get the speed and height to add the 2nd revolution without changing edge, she...

Figure Skating: double salchow, salchow, free leg
salchow, free leg, tendancy: Diana- Here is a tip for the take off of salchows- You need to have a counting. For example: I (your forward outside edge) Love (the three turn) 7 (bring your free leg throught for the take-off) up (jump!) I really hope this helps you. I know how frustrating...

Figure Skating: double toe loopo, correct body alignment, proper body alignment
correct body alignment, proper body alignment, port huron michigan: Hi Rita, thanks for your question. The biggest problems I see with this jump in the inability of the skater to check the pre-rotation before actually tapping into the ice for the take-off. If you are a counter-clockwise jumper and enter from a forward inside...

Figure Skating: double toe and sal, toe loop, free leg
toe loop, free leg, takeoff: To fix your skaters double toes you can try an exercise that we use quite often. It is designed to help kids understand there pivot and vault at take-off. Start by having the skater face the boards. They place bot hands on the boards and place there feet in...

Figure Skating: double toe, freak out, correct position
freak out, correct position, two thoughts: Stephanie, It s hard to answer your question without seeing you jump or knowing what other jumps you can successfully land. However, two thoughts came to mind when I read your question: 1. Are you skating into the jump too fast? Sometimes skating too...

Figure Skating: double trouble, double axel, double axle
double axel, double axle, double trouble: Hi, cheating means under rotating. So the main thing is to get more rotation. You may simply need to pull in and stay in longer. It could be a technique issue, check with your coach. Try a bit more speed. Do off-ice jumps to speed your rotation. A harness...

Figure Skating: doubles......?, rotations, axel
rotations, axel, clue: Hi, You really need a coach or a class to help you learn proper technique! You could work on strength off-ice and rotations in the air in place. Make sure you pull your arms in and keep them tight! But the key to good doubles is technique...learn them...

Figure Skating: Easy flip, public sessions
public sessions: Hi John. I am not sure what you mean when you ask about a pick assisted version of a flip? A flip is a pick (or toe) jump. If you would like further advice, please explain in detail what you are doing when you perform this jump. Happy Skating! Jef...

Figure Skating: Edges, leg positions, deleeuw
leg positions, deleeuw, free leg: Hi, back inside are tough. Most importantantpractice skating deep on all your edges. Do drills on an axis and also just free form. Learn to lean on your edge. I have the skaters do back inside for the MIF test using opposite arms. Push onto your right...

Figure Skating: Equipment, correct boot, bronze medallion
correct boot, bronze medallion, blade: Hi Clitus- Is your daughter comfortable in the Riedells? If she is, I would recommend that she stay in the brand if the fit is right for her. I would suggest the Riedell 28 Bronze medallion boot, it should get her through her basic freestyle levels, but shouldn...

Figure Skating: Exercises to strengthen muscles?, best exercise, strength training
best exercise, strength training, pilates: Hi, skating is your best exercise ever! Get out there and practice as much as you can. For off-ice all the regular pilates and strength training help. A real quick one is a wall sit just sit against the wall, knees bent at a 90 angle. Aim for at least...

Figure Skating: This is...eccentric, financial struggle, rap song
financial struggle, rap song, toe loop: Dear Afra: Sounds like you have a lot going on in your life. I think one thing that may help is to think about skating for yourself--not for a coach, other skaters, etc. Not everyone in skating is a major competitive skater. There are many benefits to...

Figure Skating: enquiry, skating competitions, endorsement deals
skating competitions, endorsement deals, money sport: Hi, This is a hard one for me. When I competed you were an amateur and only won your medal and a prize of honor. For the Tour of Champions you received $75 per show to spend on the road. Now all events have prize money although it has gone down substantialy....

Figure Skating: Can excercice help and what kind?, genu valgus, pigeon toes
genu valgus, pigeon toes, external rotators: HI Velida: You asked a good question. During my years of coaching I had many students who had such problems. Usually these children were in the group classes and between the ages of 4-6. There are 2 problems I would see. One is what you are describing...

Figure Skating: exercises off ice, jump rope, web sights
jump rope, web sights, jane jane: Hi, Spirals take strength and flexibility. There is a book Conditioning for Figure Skating that is great. You can get it at Amazon. Otherwise Ballet, yoga, etc all share the same stretches. There is alot out there for ballet. To stretch for this...

Figure Skating: Falls, and judging, triple axel, grammar mistakes
triple axel, grammar mistakes, english grammar: Hi, all falls are treated the same. A 1 point deduction plus GOE, usually -3 but I just had a student only get -2? It does not matter if it is in the short. However if it is the combination you would get no value for the second jump also. A pancake is...

Figure Skating: Fear with Speed, initial fear, magical answer
initial fear, magical answer, technical trouble: The important thing to remember is that the jump is the same with speed as it is without. You do the same three turn or mohawk and same tap into the ice. Assuming you are proficient enought at these basics, adding speed will not cause you technical trouble....

Figure Skating: Figure Skating, loop jump, toe loop
loop jump, toe loop, freestyle: Hi Bebe, In all honesty, that is a bit slow compared to the speed it takes most skaters. You are older than most people who start skating. This can typically cause two things: 1)you may have more control over your body and a better understanding of what...

Figure Skating: Figure Skating, leeway, popular song
leeway, popular song, figure skating: Hi, Whatever you like is ok! The music needs to be 1 minute with a slight leeway (10 seconds, but don t use more than 7 of it in case you skate longer). A popular song is usable but sometimes hard to edit. I like songs from movies or plays also. Most...

Figure Skating: Figure Skating, good luck
good luck: Hi, 14 is a bit old to become top level competitive. But there is much more to skating. If you pass all your tests you could coach. Or just see how far you can go...who knows. If you love it, it is worth it. Skating can be a life long pursuit! Good...

Figure Skating: Figure Skating, pro skaters, ballet positions
pro skaters, ballet positions, figure skaters: Hi, There are great opportunities now for Adults to compete. Check into both the ISI and US Figure Skating to learn more. First off you need lessons to learn properly. Start with group and move into private instruction when you find an instructor you click...

Figure Skating: Figure Skating Blades vs Dance Blades, adult dancers, talking to adults
adult dancers, talking to adults, double star: Hi, I am sorry I don t know very much about Dance Blades. Only that they have a shorter heel. You should speak to your coach about it. Also seek out some Adult dancers and get their opinions. There is nothing better than talking to adults that use dance...

Figure Skating: Figure Skating Grand Prix, anissina peizerat, figure skating association
anissina peizerat, figure skating association, united states figure skating association: Hi Jackie: Thanks for all your questions! The Grand Prix series, as you know, is a series of 6 events, held in 6 countries. This culminates with the Grand Prix Final, which will take the top 6 point earners from the prior Grand Prix events. You asked...

Figure Skating: Figure Skating Loop Jump, loop jump, free leg
loop jump, free leg, enterance: Hi Janell! Thanks for your question. I perfer to enter the loop jump from a mohawk instead of a three turn because I believe it better sets the skater up for a more stable take off. From the three turn, I usually see the skater already pre-rotating the jump...

Figure Skating: Figure Skating Music, figure skating music, snipits
figure skating music, snipits, music suggestions: Julie, My first question is what does her coach think? Anything I suggest is just that - a suggestion. Please make sure you ask your daughter s coach before you spend any money on music. Without knowing your daughter s skating style, I can only hazard...

Figure Skating: Figure Skating, two legs, sequential manner
two legs, sequential manner, private lessons: Hi, I m not familiar with Canada s program. But I teach alot of tots ISI and USFS. One-legged or scooter skating is common for little ones. I have them do more like a scooter. Even have her ride one pushing with the other leg to gain strength. Private...

Figure Skating: Figure skating and edges, figure skating, skates
figure skating, skates, good luck: Hi, yes you want to work hard on edges! Perhaps you need to have your skates checked to see if the blade mount is straight and where you need it. If equipment is good then you need to work on trusting your lean. Ice Dancing can help or a coach to work on...

Figure Skating: Figure skating, derrick delmore, andrea gardiner
derrick delmore, andrea gardiner, surya bonaly: Hi Ben, there are. Of course, the most famous African figure skater was not African American but African French.....Surya Bonaly. I actually used to skate with her, very friendly - and so powerful! She was really sweet. In any case, as far as African...

Figure Skating: Figures, learned discipline, school coach
learned discipline, school coach, demise: I loved figures, doing them and teaching them! Skaters today do not understand skating. Losing figures started the whole parent coach thing. Figures were a mystery, parents coud not be the coach. Skaters learned discipline, the very act of patch...one...

Figure Skating: Finding a pairs coach, finding a partner, partner directory
finding a partner, partner directory, governing body: Dana-- Talk to your coach, contact your governing body, or section, and I might beable to help you if I know where you are! If you re within skate canada; then check out the partner directory- I think USFSA has one too! Best of luck! Regards, Christophe...

Figure Skating: First Competition, skating competitions, daughter sara
skating competitions, daughter sara, dance recital: Hi Sherry- The first competition is so exciting! Do just what you would do for any other event-flowers, teddy bears, etc. It s nice to get a little gift before hand as a good luck present, but it s also nice to get a gift afterwards. I would suggest getting...

Figure Skating: Fitness foudations, muscle endurance, fitness components
muscle endurance, fitness components, body composition: Hi, sorry I was away. All the aspects of fitness you discussed are important. I have not studied sports medicine but understand that all my students and all skaters must be more trained than ever. A skater is more like a dancer for body type but must possess...

Figure Skating: Fitting of skates, harlick skates, big toe
harlick skates, big toe, good luck: Hi, sounds like they are long. Harlick is usually good at fixing the problems but it will take awhile. Do you need custom? Some of the new skates are heat moldable. Most of my students are getting Jackson for that reason. But you need to fix the problem,...

Figure Skating: Flow from jumps, component height, bruce forciea
component height, bruce forciea, horizontal component: Hi Dan: This is a difficult question to answer since I cannot see you perform these jumps. I will try to answer from a physics perspective--maybe this will help. There are 2 components to jumps, a horizontal component (speed) and a vertical component (height)....

Figure Skating: Forward to backward at speed, slow speeds, hockey players
slow speeds, hockey players, skates: Hi Barry! Turning around is pretty tough. The first way you mentioned is called a mohawk, and you learn those in the advanced levels, so I wouldn t suggest learning those just yet. The easiest way to turn around is do a gliding two-foot turn. It s simple:...

Figure Skating: 4 year old, figure skater, news10now
Figure Skating: 4 year old, figure skater, news10now, blodgett

Figure Skating: AXEL!, socks, tile
Figure Skating: AXEL!, socks, tile, living room

Figure Skating: Axel, axel, waltz
Figure Skating: Axel, axel, waltz, coach

Figure Skating: Axel Problems, waltz
Figure Skating: Axel Problems, waltz

Figure Skating: What age to start, figure skater
Figure Skating: What age to start, figure skater

Figure Skating: Ballet vs skating, ballet technique, muscle memory
Figure Skating: Ballet vs skating, ballet technique, muscle memory, arabesque

Figure Skating: Beginner Dance Blades, adult gold, traditional dance
Figure Skating: Beginner Dance Blades, adult gold, traditional dance, keats

Figure Skating: Boots/Blades--Did I Choose Well? :), wide feet, quality problems
Figure Skating: Boots/Blades--Did I Choose Well? :), wide feet, quality problems, skates

Figure Skating: balance
Figure Skating: balance

Figure Skating: becoming a professional ice skater, ankles, skates
Figure Skating: becoming a professional ice skater, ankles, skates

Figure Skating: beginning skater, hannah, job
Figure Skating: beginning skater, hannah, job

Figure Skating: Child - Figure Skating, figure skater, human nature
Figure Skating: Child - Figure Skating, figure skater, human nature, twelve years

Figure Skating: Double Flip, flying camel, hips
Figure Skating: Double Flip, flying camel, hips, momentum

Figure Skating: Double Jumps, two feet
Figure Skating: Double Jumps, two feet

Figure Skating: Double toe & Double loop, hieght, takeoff
Figure Skating: Double toe & Double loop, hieght, takeoff

Figure Skating: double salchow, right foot, postion
Figure Skating: double salchow, right foot, postion, left foot

Figure Skating: enquiry, pair skaters, prizes money
Figure Skating: enquiry, pair skaters, prizes money, bonus prize

Figure Skating: exercises off ice, deep knee bends, sports authorithy
Figure Skating: exercises off ice, deep knee bends, sports authorithy, excersise

Figure Skating: Figure skating, debi thomas, olympics 1988
Figure Skating: Figure skating, debi thomas, olympics 1988, rory flack

Figure Skating: Fitness foudations, double axel, muscle endurance
Figure Skating: Fitness foudations, double axel, muscle endurance, spinning like a top

Figure Skating: flexibility, flexibility training, strength train
Figure Skating: flexibility, flexibility training, strength train, google

Figure Skating: Hockey player to figure skater?, male figure skaters, aaa travel
Figure Skating: Hockey player to figure skater?, male figure skaters, aaa travel, hockey parents

Figure Skating: isi levels, soft spot, blade
Figure Skating: isi levels, soft spot, blade, long time

Figure Skating: no subject, main goal, ankles
Figure Skating: no subject, main goal, ankles

Figure Skating: loop jump, forward position, contrary
Figure Skating: loop jump, forward position, contrary, blade

Figure Skating: Mazurka, mistake, victoria
Figure Skating: Mazurka, mistake, victoria

Figure Skating: Music HELP!!!, hi music, skaters
Figure Skating: Music HELP!!!, hi music, skaters, skater

Figure Skating: Music Suggestions, mormon tabernacle choir, choral arrangement
Figure Skating: Music Suggestions, mormon tabernacle choir, choral arrangement, david foster

Figure Skating: music suggestions, chronicles of narnia, vanessa mae
Figure Skating: music suggestions, chronicles of narnia, vanessa mae, movie soundtracks

Figure Skating: music suggestions, dirty dancing soundtrack, instrumental songs
Figure Skating: music suggestions, dirty dancing soundtrack, instrumental songs, dirty dancing

Figure Skating: new boots and blades!, freeskate, novice
Figure Skating: new boots and blades!, freeskate, novice, toes

Figure Skating: novice moves in the field, rockers, brackets
Figure Skating: novice moves in the field, rockers, brackets, good luck

Figure Skating: The other judges at the Olympics, 1976 olympics, bigotry
Figure Skating: The other judges at the Olympics, 1976 olympics, bigotry, sale pelletier

Figure Skating: outside back 3 and backward crossovers, fowards, right arm
Figure Skating: outside back 3 and backward crossovers, fowards, right arm, knees

Figure Skating: Pain!!, boots
Figure Skating: Pain!!, boots

Figure Skating: Parabolic blade, american shoes, italian brand
Figure Skating: Parabolic blade, american shoes, italian brand, skates

Figure Skating: Scared to do the axel, left foot, axel
Figure Skating: Scared to do the axel, left foot, axel, coach

Figure Skating: Sit spin, free leg, tendancy
Figure Skating: Sit spin, free leg, tendancy, skaters

Figure Skating: Sit spin
Figure Skating: Sit spin

Figure Skating: Skating Dresses, swarovski crystals, bankbook
Figure Skating: Skating Dresses, swarovski crystals, bankbook, basic patterns

Figure Skating: Skating Moves, right foot, good luck
Figure Skating: Skating Moves, right foot, good luck

Figure Skating: Back Spin, right foot
Figure Skating: Back Spin, right foot

Figure Skating: Spirals, hip bones, backbend
Figure Skating: Spirals, hip bones, backbend, facing the wall

Figure Skating: Starting fresh, lutz
Figure Skating: Starting fresh, lutz

Figure Skating: Teaching Beta-Gamma, hockey stop, mother answers
Figure Skating: Teaching Beta-Gamma, hockey stop, mother answers, purple light

Figure Skating: I can't remember how to jump, journals, memory
Figure Skating: I can't remember how to jump, journals, memory, coach

Figure Skating: warm-ups, cold muscles, denise bielman
Figure Skating: warm-ups, cold muscles, denise bielman, warm up time

Figure Skating: falling, elbow guards, gain confidence
elbow guards, gain confidence, bruce forciea: Hi Joel: For some of my skaters who had a fear of falling I would recommend the use of various protective gear. This would include padding, knee and elbow guards and in some cases helmets. Sometimes they looked like an extreme sports athlete but it helped...

Figure Skating: fear of the loop jump, loop jump, good luck
loop jump, good luck, scratch: Hi, loop can be tough. You need to practice this off ice! Then work on your back scratch alot. I teach an easy loop from an inside 3 turn. Just leave your foot in front to jump. The trick is to really wait a long time and let the back edge come around....

Figure Skating: How to figure skate., figure skates, great sport
figure skates, great sport, skaters: Hi Courtney, learning to skate can be hard at first, if you ve never skated it can feel weird to be on ice! Once you get used to the feeling of being on skates though, you ll be able to pick it up pretty quickly! How far away is the nearest ice rink? I had...

Figure Skating: figure skate!, flexability, agility
flexability, agility, e mail: Caroline-- There are many muscle-specific stretches that you can do to better your flexability, and agility, however-- this does not mean that you will improve in the sport. My advice to you is, talk to your coach about what you can do to better flex...

Figure Skating: figure skating, footwork, skater
footwork, skater: Hi, the skater with highest piont total after the short and long program wins! Skaters are judged on their jumps, spins, footwork, and overall presentation. Sounds easy but it is actually a complicated process. Keep watching, you will soon see differences....

Figure Skating: figure skating, figure skates, street shoes
figure skates, street shoes, jazz pants: Hey Kathleen- All you really need for beginning figure skating are a decent pair of figure skates, and warm clothes you can move easily in. A pair of wind pants or jazz pants are great. Layers are awesome on top, I always wear a sweatshirt over a tee or a...

Figure Skating: figure skating, 10 months, axel
10 months, axel, ba: Jessica! Don t worry, if you are working on your axel and have only been skating for 10 months... I am amazed!! What other jumps have you landed?... please do not work towards big jumps, but towards being consistant; it doesn t matter what you land its...

Figure Skating: figure skating, nationals, good luck
nationals, good luck, alot: Hi, You will have to work hard to catch up for the US Figure Skating Nationals. But there are alot of competitions you can enter while you are training. But first get a coach that will work with you and help you reach your goals! The first thing you must...

Figure Skating: figure skating, triple salchow, deep edge
triple salchow, deep edge, wrong foot: Hi Sam: Most likely the reason you are landing on the wrong foot is because you have not changed your weight in the air to rotate around the landing leg. Many skaters learn the dbl salchow by rotating in somewhat of a feet together position instead of...

Figure Skating: how do figure skating choreographies work?, choreographers, competion
choreographers, competion, music style: Hi, Choreography is important. For competion you must include specific elements for judging and make it look good. Everything must be with the music...style etc. I would need to write you a book to explain it all! It is totally different for every level...

Figure Skating: figure skating judging, perfect score, figure skating
perfect score, figure skating, choreography: Hi, the score starts at zero and points are given for each element. Then there are points for components such as Choreography, Skating Skills, Transitions, etc. You can find more info at www.usfigureskating.com under the heading of New Judging system. Happy...

Figure Skating: figure skating judging, usfigureskating org, test appointment
usfigureskating org, test appointment, bronze silver: Hi Mr. Whaley, Yay! It s always great to hear of people who are interested in the sport and in becoming judges. It s a great way to get involved and to give to the sport. :-) Becoming a judge is a process that begins with trial judging. First, she...

Figure Skating: figure skating-- missing and adding elements, figure skater, freeskate
figure skater, freeskate, weir: Hi, the rules are tricky. In Short Program you cannot add or retry. In the Freeskate you are only allowed so many jumps, so perhaps he coould have made it up. It is hard to figure this out while skating. So my students have a planned program. Diann...

Figure Skating: figure skating training, figure skating training, anaerobic glycolysis
figure skating training, anaerobic glycolysis, physiological perspective: Hi Kelly: Good question. I like those training questions. That s great that you work with a trainer. The focus there should be core conditioning. General cardio is okay however you would not want to train with a focus on cardio. For example you would not...

Figure Skating: figure skating, figure skating, skates
figure skating, skates, good luck: Hi, figure skating can be enjoyed indoors or out. All you need is ice and skates. But there really is alot more to it. If you are interested check your local rink, the coaches there will help you get started in lessons to learn proper technique. It takes...

Figure Skating: how can you find a pair partner..., partner data, prospective partners
partner data, prospective partners, usfsa: Generally what happens is that you would set up a try-out with any prospective partners and actually skate with them. The only way to find out the things that you need is to skate with the person before the two of you commit to a pairs relationship. First,...

Figure Skating: Where would I go to find a private coach to help training in doubles?, private coach, illinois chicago
private coach, illinois chicago, holly: Cassandra Surely there are other clubs around, that are competitive. If you have been to competitions (USFSA ones) you would probably have noticed some clubs that have members consistently placing well. That is one way to find clubs around you. Also, you...

Figure Skating: finding a coach, figure skating club, michelle kwan
figure skating club, michelle kwan, private lesson: Hi Jennifer, I always try and support people writing in, perhaps I don t have the knowledge of your situation to give you the answer you want. At your age it is going to be hard and you will need alot more than 30 minutes to become a top skater. I don t...

Figure Skating: fitness class, certified aerobics instructor, chi step
certified aerobics instructor, chi step, step aerobics: Hi, Barry! As a certified aerobics instructor, I feel that boxercise will probably be the best. On the other hand, it is the most intensive, and you have to take into consideration your fitness level. Tai-chi is good for balance, while yoga is good for...

Figure Skating: flexibility, skating wos, yoga and pilates
skating wos, yoga and pilates, skating camp: Hi Melissa, If you want to improve your flexibility, yoga and pilates are great for increasing both your flexibility and the strength that you need to maximize your flexibility. If you add in daily stretching, your flexibility should improve and you ll be...

Figure Skating: flip and lutz, definite answer, good afternoon
definite answer, good afternoon, video tape: Hi Clau, To help correct this, have her practice a backwards scratchspin and to feel how tight the legs go. Also off-ice practice of the jumps might help as well to get a feel for it. If available, video tape her dong to jumps and show what you are talking...

Figure Skating: fliplutz, russian men, four inches
russian men, four inches, lutz: Hi Jake, Not to worry, it actually means your doing something good…… If you find you are travelling more then four inches on the ice when your toe goes in, then some attention needs to be given to quickening up your take off. What this means is that your...

Figure Skating: flying camel spin, flying camel, position issues
flying camel, position issues, spiral: Hi, Several things to help: Work on back camel alone! Pull up in a strong arch to keep speed. Make sure you are getting power on the jump. Don t just step over. There needs to be some swing here. Land on a soft knee but come straight quickly. Spin towards...

Figure Skating: flying camel, flying camel, little bit at a time
flying camel, little bit at a time, salchow: Hello Hello The Salchow take off….. Relax it s not that hard to fix…. The first step is to draw the proper flying camel take off on the ice. If you don t know how it s suppose to look, please ask an experienced coach. NOTE: Make sure you step...

Figure Skating: foot problem/ spin, mail order, ankle bone
mail order, ankle bone, foot problem: Hi, this sounds like you need arch support insoles at the very least. You can try drugstore kind or go to running store and be fitted. There are also stores that specialize in arch supports or if you can go to a podiatrist and be evaluated would be the best!...

Figure Skating: One foot spin, balanced position, scratches
balanced position, scratches, curve: Hi, You will touch the pick on most spins, but it should not be excessive. That is how the name Scratch Spin came from. The toe actually helps you center it a bit. Make sure you take your time entering the spin, hold the curve in on a knee bend. After...

Figure Skating: One-foot spins & my future in ice-skating, adult track, adult skaters
adult track, adult skaters, disney on ice: Hi, The one-foot spin can be tricky to balance. You need to enter it toward the front of the blade. You will turn a 3 turn to the back inside. This is where the spin will start. Work on the 3 tun entrance and finding the sweet spot right below the pick....

Figure Skating: two foot spins, group class, wight
group class, wight, pigeon: Hi, it is hard to learn to center spins! It is a matter of wight distribution. Sometimes it helps my kids learning it to put more weight on one foot. Others have been helped by pigeon toeing a bit. If you ever can...take a group class or something to...

Figure Skating: freestyle and MIF, counting 1 2 3, salchow
counting 1 2 3, salchow, back spin: Emma- The secret to the double salchow is all in the timing of the take-off. Think of it as a counting, for example. I (The forward outside edge) Love (the three-turn) 7 (bring your free leg through) up! (Jump!) When you have the correct timing, it makes...

Figure Skating: Good choice?, united states figure skating association, states figure skating association
united states figure skating association, states figure skating association, figure skating association: This is a great question. You are never too old to start learning figure skating. I have coached students ranging in age from about 5 to 70 years old and everyone experienced the benefits of the sport. Not everyone was at the competitive level but there are...

Figure Skating: Grass Roots Coaching, elite coach, level coach
elite coach, level coach, class coach: Hi, being a name does not assure you of being good coach. Coaching is a tough game! As a school director I need coaches to take kids from skating school into other programs. Unfortunately most coaches want students without putting in the time. To be...

Figure Skating: gold interpitive, cat burgler, spy kids
cat burgler, spy kids, personal thing: Hi, This is such a personal thing! It must be something you love and can really get into. Check out music videos, just browse music on i-tunes or a store. Something has to move you to make it successful. Wish I could just say do this , but even for my...

Figure Skating: Heat activated reinforcements, reinforcements, silver star
reinforcements, silver star, skates: Hi, heat molding is pretty common in most better skates. The boot goes in a special oven and you lace it on while it is hot and soft. When it cools it has molded to your foot. It can be done after the blade is on because sometimes you need to remold later....

Figure Skating: Height difference for dance, recreational skater, classical opera
recreational skater, classical opera, beta level: Babbette! I am so glad you re going to give it a shot... just remember; he is much bigger then you, so let him lead, and just go with that! No huge huge warnings or suggestions; just dont battle each other, work together! Good luck! Let me know...

Figure Skating: Help!, skating competitions, private coach
skating competitions, private coach, usfigureskating org: Hi, Glad you enjoying skating! Yes you probably are too old for the Olympics but there are many other opportunities to compete. Start with www.usfigureskating.org and www.skateisi.org for information. Search the web for more information. A good source...

Figure Skating: Help Me!, footing, axel
footing, axel, exercises: Hi, 2 footing can be either lack of rotation or not having your weight on the landing foot. Do alot of exercises for weight transfer and the step up . Also work on your landing check out either at the rail or after a back scratch. Keep trying and working...

Figure Skating: Hi! I love skating so mucha..., 4 months, cna
4 months, cna, half years: Hi, first of all you are doing great to have accomplished so much in such a short time! Spins depend on the entry. Check that you are curving enough. The hook needs to be sharp, the 3 turn must point at your start. Then a larger circle, that gets tighter....

Figure Skating: Hi! I love skating so mucha..., carear, first move
carear, first move, 4 months: Hi Chrissy, Congratulations on attaining such a high level of skating in such a short period! Keep up the good work! If this traveling problem is really an all of a sudden problem, ask yourself what changed 4 months ago. Did you get your blades sharpened?...

Figure Skating: Hi, regimin, alissa
regimin, alissa, bibi: Hi, you can work hard and do well but only a few ever make the Olympics. It is a very long regimin to make that level. Get into skating because you love it and hopefully you can become great. Plan on spending many hours at the rink every day to reach a...

Figure Skating: Hiring coaches, psa member, lesson time
psa member, lesson time, time charges: Hi, I m not sure wether you mean for yourself or for the rink. If for yourself: First watch and observe their style, is it right for you? Check their qualifications...many exagerate their expertise and credentials. Important...Are they a PSA member? Then...

Figure Skating: Hockey player to figure skater?, tessa virtue, figure skaters
tessa virtue, figure skaters, hockey player: Katrina; You can do it, and don t ever let anyone tell you that you can t! Some of the best figure skaters that I know begun playing hockey-- to improve their skating skill, and agility, and they liked it so much that they decided they wanted to go all...

Figure Skating: Hockey stops, hockey stop, snow spray
hockey stop, snow spray, snow plow: Hi Barry, One of the keys to good hockey stops is bending your knees. As you are gliding on two feet, begin to bend, feeling the ice beneath your feet. Then go into the skid part, bending your knees deeply and pushing into the ice. A useful exercise...

Figure Skating: heat moldable boots, break in time, jacksons
break in time, jacksons, contours: Hi, the boots are heated in a special oven. Theb you lace them up tight and they cool molded to your foot contours. I am most familiar with Jacksons, but there are many other brands. This greatly reduces break in time and the fit is great. If you don t...

Figure Skating: help, double axel, vanessa mae
double axel, vanessa mae, hi music: Hi, music is sometimes tough. You can listen to excerpts on some internet sites. I use i-tunes alot. Also go to a Barnes and Noble or other music store where you can sample cd s. Go for some modern versions of classics such as Vanessa Mae, Bond, etc. ...

Figure Skating: help on my double sow!, good luck, sal
good luck, sal: Hi Tammy, Sorry I took so long getting back to you! Double sals can be really hard to get consistently. Timing is the most important part of a double sal. You need to take off as soon as you complete your 3 turn into it, otherwise it ll pop into a single...

Figure Skating: help, earth wind and fire, henry mancini
earth wind and fire, henry mancini, double axel: Hi Mary, thank you for your question. It is hard for me to recommend music for someone as it is such a personal choice that depends on age, style ability, personality ect. Some jazzy funky stuff that I have used is some old Earth Wind and Fire, Henry Mancini,...

Figure Skating: Off-Ice, cscs certification, bruce forciea
cscs certification, bruce forciea, certified strength and conditioning specialist: HI Nadia: I am such a firm believer in off-ice conditioning that I became a certified strength and conditioning specialist. When I attended their regional conference I learned that many sports require their athletes to be in the gym about 3 days a week...

Figure Skating: Ice dancing partner, coach coaches, coaches club
coach coaches, coaches club, dancing partners: Kelsey!! It is fantastic to hear from an ice dancer! Talk to your coach/coaches/club members about dancing partners, because they may know someone in the same position. Also make sure your coach has time to take on a competitive team (it is alot of...

Figure Skating: Ice Show, figure skating boots, adult skaters
figure skating boots, adult skaters, class participants: Dear Frann, Thank you for your question. Regarding Ice Shows, they are a great way to have fun, learn cheorgraphy, and show off what you have learned in your lessons. I have been involved with many shows that have adult skaters in them and the director...

Figure Skating: Im confused!, guest coach, private coach
guest coach, private coach, double jumps: Sarah, Wow - you are in quite a situation. Does your current coach know you attended the lesson? If so, did s/he approve of you attending it? Did your coach know the technique of the other coach? --If any of the answers to the above question are...

Figure Skating: ISI competition requirements, competition requirements, step sequence
competition requirements, step sequence, choctaws: Hi, your coach or the rinks team coach can best help you. You needed to do prescribed Dance steps in all the FS level tests. Did you take any tests? FS 5 DS is a sequence of choctaws and brackets (not real hard). You can find the diagram in an ISI rulebook....

Figure Skating: ISI versus USFSA, international skating union, isi system
international skating union, isi system, olympic competitions: The main difference is in the scope of the result of the programs: ISI is a recreational based program. USFSA, in design, is the only association that would allow your daughter to participate in qualifying competitions , ie: sectionals, regionals, nationals,...

Figure Skating: off ice exersizes, pines ice arena, jazz classes
pines ice arena, jazz classes, muscle memory: Hi Lindsey, thank you for your question. Yes off-ice practice is so very important. Almost anything you do on ice you can adapt to off-ice. Doing your jumps off ice is a great way of to practice that jump with out worrying about crashing to the ice, etc....

Figure Skating: ice shows, audition info, palmetto fl
audition info, palmetto fl, disney on ice: There aren t auditions for most of the star studded tours (Champions on Ice, Stars on Ice), since their casts are the current top skaters (World Champions, Olympic Champions, etc.) -- There are shows (Disney on Ice) that still have auditions in each city...

Figure Skating: off ice training, free leg, toe loop
free leg, toe loop, weight changes: HI Suzie: Yes the axel is a difficult jump mainly because it is a forward takeoff jump and is 1.5 revolutions. Many skaters have problems with learning this jump and it is a real milestone in learning figure skating. Success in the axel depends on how...

Figure Skating: To improve rotational power, trouble on ice, wondering what kind
trouble on ice, wondering what kind, salchow: HI Fiammetta: Yes it is difficult to get the rotation when starting to learn doubles. Also, it is difficult to get the off-ice exercises to translate to the ice. I remember learning double axels many years ago and I was able to easily do them off ice but...

Figure Skating: isi levels, freestyle 4, candy cane
freestyle 4, candy cane, vantage: Hi, I have had a few students with this trouble. First of all what blade are you on? If it is a recreational blade this won t help. New blades will! MK Professional, Phantom, Vantage, Ultima Freestyle (and others, I m out of town and not sure of all the...

Figure Skating: Joining a Show, resume cv, palmetto fl
resume cv, palmetto fl, long skirts: There really aren t very many skating shows in the United States anymore to join. The most predominent one is Disney on Ice, which expects their skaters to have passed the Novice Moves in the Field Test. You can audition with them by sending a tape. From...

Figure Skating: JUMPS, level coach, no doubt
level coach, no doubt, best of luck: Hi, There are probably multiple reasons that skating is difficult for you right now. Anytime you take off 3 years from skating, when you come back, things will be difficult. The fact that you do not weigh the same as you did when you left skating will...

Figure Skating: Judging system, turkish federation, communication information
turkish federation, communication information, technical specialist: Hi, I do not know how this program works. I am only a Technical Specialist and have seen Data input. There is a gentleman I can think of at the Glacier Falls FSC named George Rossano (he is president). He might be better able to help you. www.glacierfalls.com...

Figure Skating: Judging, copper nickel, page thesis
copper nickel, page thesis, college freshman: Hi, this is a tough question! First you must define bias. At a low level it could be as simple as you hate green and when a skater comes out in green there is instant dislike. They have to prove their worth. A kid that looks fabulous has your sub concious...

Figure Skating: Jump combinations, bruce forciea, skipping stones
bruce forciea, skipping stones, toeloop: Hi Dan: I have had many students with similar problems when first learning combination jumps. The problem stems from the lack of momentum and the different timing on the takeoff of the second jump. I ve tried to simulate this by having the skater perform...

Figure Skating: Jump Issues, http www myspace, toe loop
http www myspace, toe loop, salchow: Hi Robyn: I m glad that the advice helped with your toe loop. With regard to the dbl flip and lutz the key to landing these jumps is to have a good dbl loop. The axel, dbl salchow, and dbl toe loop are about the same difficulty and have the same feel....

Figure Skating: Jump trouble, growth spurts, double axel
growth spurts, double axel, double jumps: Yes that information helps Kelsey. Here is something that should help. Years ago I was a performer in a touring ice show and had to land my jumps consistently with little warmup. What I did was to focus on the timing of the jump. When I practiced jumps I came...

Figure Skating: Jumping, double axel, rhythm work
double axel, rhythm work, novice level: Hi, Double Sal can be problem jump! Have you also worked on it with a 3 turn. Sometimes a change can help. Do aloft of walk thrus to establish a rhythm. Work with your coach on a good count for you. Also have your coach video the jump to see where the...

Figure Skating: Jumps - Dbl Axel and Triple, triple salchow, double axel
triple salchow, double axel, elbow guards: Hi Dan: That would ultimately be up to your coach. With some skaters I would let them work on dbl axel, triple salchow and triple toe loop together depending on how much time they were skating since all 3 jumps are related. There is no getting around doing...

Figure Skating: Jumps, rotations, holly
rotations, holly, three times: A double means you turn twice in the air, while in a triple you turn three times, and in a quad you turn four times. The more rotations you do in the air, the more difficult it is to do. People always start with singles, then do doubles, etc. one must...

Figure Skating: jennifer kirk, cup of russia, jennifer kirk
cup of russia, jennifer kirk, tv broadcast: Some of this question is going to be a little hard to answer, but I ll try ;). Kirk has not had a good start to her season this year, finishing 8th of 9 at the Campbell s Classic and 10th in her Grand Prix event, Cup of Russia. She didn t make the TV broadcast...

Figure Skating: judges salary, volunteer job, travel lodging
volunteer job, travel lodging, skater: Hi, it is a volunteer job with perks. Sometimes it is travel, lodging, etc. The bigger the event the more they get. Also it is a prestige kind of thing, a judge works their way up through practice and testing like a skater does. Hope this helps, Diann...

Figure Skating: jump & power skating, hockey parents, hockey lines
hockey parents, hockey lines, hi mary: Hi Mary Part 1: I would encourage the skater to open up and try to land the jump sooner. Usually if the skater is still in a tight rotating position as they hit the ice, the free side will go. Also work on “up outs”… where the skater will hop off their...

Figure Skating: jumps, axel, consistency
axel, consistency, alot: Hi, Wow you will need these jumps in Open Juvenile! In my area the girls do at least double flip! But Axel is sometimes scarey. Work on it off ice alot. On ice you must work with your coach to find your way! Confidence is everything, be positive about...

Figure Skating: jumps, pro skaters, free leg
pro skaters, free leg, good luck: Hi Kat, Loop does not take much space to learn. Try it from an inside 3, keeping free leg in front after turn. Let the back edge curl a bit as you jump. If you wait a long time it will be easier at first. Get the feel for this slow and build up. After...

Figure Skating: jumps, rigourous, core training
rigourous, core training, excercises: Hey Joel! Sorry it took me so ridiculously long to answer your question, I was at a competition with my skaters; and forgot to mark it on the website. For off ice exercises, working on flexibility, and core training, and also if you can get a spinning...

Figure Skating: in my jumps i have a bad wrap,..., straight axis, moving in the right direction
straight axis, moving in the right direction, foot down: Hi Megan, A wrap is difficult to get rid of. But the thing you need most is just to practice. You ll find that getting rid of the wrap will take a little bit of changed technique on the take-offs of the jumps. You should focus on jumping as though your...

Figure Skating: jumps(shau cow, waltz jump), free leg, please answer
free leg, please answer, waltz: Dear Matt, Thanks for your question! To jump higher on your waltz jump, you need to actaually JUMP! Use your arms for momentum, and bring your free-leg through. Thank of jumping over a box (you bring your fre leg through, not around). For the sow......

Figure Skating: jumps, toe loop, double loop
toe loop, double loop, one foot: Hi Melanie! Well first off learning those doubles takes plenty of time, and like you said, when it clicks you start to land them easier. However, given that, it is hard to predict how long it takes people to land their doubles. It takes everyone a different...

Figure Skating: kids figure skating, test level, skater
test level, skater, 3 years: Hi Ema, Every coach looks at ceratin criteria to help train their students. It of course takes natural talent and a lot of practice. The best thing would be to ask a coach to evaluate your child and see what potential she has. If she does not have the talent...

Figure Skating: Lace Bite - Ankle Pain.., tibialis muscle, hot hot water
tibialis muscle, hot hot water, anterior tibialis: HI Ana: Your problem is just the kind of thing I frequently see in my practice. Although to really give you a good answer I would need to examine your ankle. But here is some info that may help... From what you are saying I am getting that you have...

Figure Skating: Lessons/Cost, custom skates, thrift store
custom skates, thrift store, isi: Hi, I have no way of telling cost since there are hundreds of styles. A good beginner pair new can be found for about $160. I like the Jackson heat moldable, check them out. There are custom skates you can buy for $800 or more. You should always have your...

Figure Skating: Levels of Difficulty, (Features), on Spins, free leg, back entrance
free leg, back entrance, backspin: Hi, All these things are changing as we go along so here is my best answers today... 1. Stars are not difficult entry for a feature but may help GOE. 2. would think this is camel, but would need a case by case to see if there is enough tension to award...

Figure Skating: Levels, usfsa rulebook, double axel
usfsa rulebook, double axel, lutz: Hi Teodora, If you get an email asking to clarify your question, sorry, I accidentally clicked on the wrong link:) To pass the tests for both novice and junior, you ll have to first pass the field moves, which will contain elements such as brackets, rockers,...

Figure Skating: Links, describtion, daughter age
describtion, daughter age, tv events: Hi, this will take you a bit. Watch TV events to get some of the big stuff. Your daughter and coach should help you learn along with her. Pay attention to her required moves for her event. As for websites...I use Skateweb for most everything. It is at...

Figure Skating: Loop, free leg, freak out
free leg, freak out, rbo: Hi Anne, Thank you for your question. The loop jump can and is a difficult jump just because it it an edge jump thus a dead weight jump--you do not get any assist from the toe pick. With out being able to watch you perform the jump I ll give you my take...

Figure Skating: Lutz and Axel jumps, double axel, flip jump
double axel, flip jump, skating institute: Doing a real lutz is very hard to do. If you watching skating on television, I would say about half of those skaters don t have a real lutz either! They do what is called flutz , which is what you are describing. It is usually caused by prerotation - starting...

Figure Skating: Lutz Flutz, hop on one foot, byproduct
hop on one foot, byproduct, tv work: Hi, this is a common and a hard ro fix problem! Just watch the TV. Work hard on your BO edge. I teach skaters a small hop on one foot on the BO edge before the jump to help the edge. Also try the mohawk entrance really laying over the BO edge when you...

Figure Skating: Lutz Jump and Camel Spins, necessary thanks, erectus
necessary thanks, erectus, lats: Winnie: Congrats on the Twizzles!! Im glad you were able of get them under your belt! As for your Camel spins, if you find you are catching your toe pick alot, try bending your knee more, it is hard to diagnose a problem when I am not seeing the spin...

Figure Skating: learn, freeskate, skill set
freeskate, skill set, best of luck: Hey Joel! It could take anyone any amount of time; however I would say a reasonable goal to pass an entire (speaking in Skate Canada terms..) Prelim. Set (3 dances, a freeskate, and skill set) is a season. It could go faster though, because you seem driven....

Figure Skating: learning, time training, dr bruce
time training, dr bruce, intermediate level: HI Joel: Sorry, but I don t think I could answer that question without seeing you skate. Harnesses are good training tools but there are a lot of other factors that go into making a good skater such as good coaching, ice time, training and so on. Best...

Figure Skating: How long will it take for me to be good?, johnny weir, double axel
johnny weir, double axel, figure skater: Hi Natalie, I started skating at 12 as well. It s definately not too old! After the six weeks, you should notice a huge improvment in your skating. You probably won t start to learn jumps in the first six weeks, but you might learn a few things like a two...

Figure Skating: loop, muscle memory, streamlined body
muscle memory, streamlined body, harness system: Hi Zoe, Sorry if I didn t answer your question completely, I did refer to several methods in practice for landing the jump: 1) practice the jump off-ice, I highly recommend it. 2) Does your rink have off-ice jump classes? 3) Do you have access to a harness...

Figure Skating: loop jump, loop jump, muscle memory
loop jump, muscle memory, free leg: Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your question. The loop jump is a hard jump. It is an edge jump so all the energy comes from a combination of the spring out of the knee and the correct use of the edge. Checking the left foot, or free foot, for a ccw jumper is very...

Figure Skating: loop jump, moderate speed, extra room
moderate speed, extra room, ccw: Hello! I m not quite sure what you mean by the other skaters lifting their left foot off the ice before jumping. Do you mean while they ride the back edge into the jump? If so, I ve never before seen this technique. I suggest continuing the way you go...

Figure Skating: loop, dear zoe, loop jump
dear zoe, loop jump, feet legs: Dear Zoe, Thank you for your question. So you are working with a coach, that is good, they should be able to give you the proper instruction and feedback. It is true that having a loop, or for that matter, a very good back spin will help you in feeling...

Figure Skating: Mazurka, mazurka, bunny hop
mazurka, bunny hop, bit by bit: Practice... practice... practice! Not to worry Taylor, it took me atleast two months before I had mastered the Mazurka. It takes everyone a while... however, the one tip I have for you is to do it slowly, and break it down bit by bit, analyze each aspect!...

Figure Skating: Mazurka, mazurka, exact same thing
mazurka, exact same thing, left foot: Dear Jessica, Have you ever done a side-toe hop ? If you have, a mazurka is the exact same thing. To do a mazurka, stand forward, and put your left toe in the ice to your left side. Then jump on your left pick, then bring your right pick right beside your...

Figure Skating: MITF, usfsa rulebook, introductory steps
usfsa rulebook, introductory steps, hockey crease: Hi Rachel, thanks for your question! First congratulations on getting back into skating and testing! The Consecutive Outside and Inside Spirals are required at the Preliminary level. The Major (and only) focus point is Edge Quality--but remember they are...

Figure Skating: Muscle distraction during ice-skating, quadraceps, leg muscles
quadraceps, leg muscles, bruce forciea: HI Fiammetta: I am assuming what you mean by a muscle distraction is what we call a muscle strain. This is a common injury in figure skating and I have seen many of these through the years. There are a number of things that can lead to strain and warming...

Figure Skating: Music, local music store, disco version
local music store, disco version, vanessa mae: Sarah, I apologize for the delay in answering your question. Since I don t know your skating style and level, it s REALLY hard for me to give you concrete advice. Ask around about music. The skater with the music you liked might be able to tell...

Figure Skating: Music, cute music, energetic music
cute music, energetic music, disney movies: Hi Maria, I would suggest looking at music from Disney movies as they are always fun and classic. There are some with no words that are fast paced. It is bestfor her to skate what suits her, however you don t want her to skate to something too old because...

Figure Skating: Music, isi system, piano piece
isi system, piano piece, something fun: Alyssa-- I am not overly familiar with the ISI system, so I can not help you with legnths etc, but music wise, I would suggest something light and airy. Something fun and fantastic is always good as well! Disney perhaps, or a light piano piece. ...

Figure Skating: Music Choice, erich kunzel, minute music
erich kunzel, minute music, instrumental versions: Hi, I do this alot. Music for most is very personal. You are very safe with movie or show music. If it is ISI you can use vocal otherwise instrumental versions. Check out some cd s by Erich Kunzel for ideas. Most important the skaters needs to like it!...

Figure Skating: Music HELP!!!, boy lollipop, flying camel
boy lollipop, flying camel, symphonic soul: Hi Fern, thank you for your question. Because music is so unique to the skater it is hard for me to give you suggestions without actually seeing the skater. When I start a program I look for music that: fits the style, personality, age and ability of the...

Figure Skating: Music for an interpretive program, good riddance time of your life, interpretive program
good riddance time of your life, interpretive program, sad music: Hi Alex, Personally I find that a good interpretive program coms out when the person who is skating it feels the music and enjoys it. Given that there are many choices and themes. If you prefer a fast beat song, you can do a theme of a night out on the town...

Figure Skating: Music rights, music rights, edge of my seat
music rights, edge of my seat, ice follies: Wow, I m not sure of the answer. There are many factors...are there rinks nearby to move to for a cooling off ? I would think this coach will self destruct if this is the norm. If there are serious problems the PSA could help if the coach is a member...if...

Figure Skating: Music Suggestions, endless choices, vanessa mae
endless choices, vanessa mae, hi music: Hi, music is personal! You can listen to alot of exerpts on sites like itunes. Try some of the the modern classical like selections from Bond, Vanessa Mae, or other new soundtrax. Remember choosing music seems the end of the world. But you have endless choices...

Figure Skating: Music, swan princess, common music
swan princess, common music, gator aid: Hi-so sorry this is late as I have been extrememly busy! I m the same way--I absolutely love being different! I suggest checking out the CD of The Swan Princess. The title may be misleading, so make sure to check it out before you dismiss the idea! This...

Figure Skating: Does it matter choose the blade fit skater's level, triple jumpers, figure skaters
triple jumpers, figure skaters, gold seal: Hi, I feel blades are primary! Gold Seal would be fine. Alternatives that lots of high level skaters love: Ultima FS (I have alot of skaters from Pre to triple jumpers on them) or Phantom both not quite as expensive. As for foot problem...orthotics will...

Figure Skating: money on lessons, loop jump, basic 3
loop jump, basic 3, monthes: Hi, It is hard to judge since everyone advances at a different pace. Age is a factor here also. I don t know how you are spending several hundred dollars per week on 3-4 lessons. How long is each lesson? That seems pricey for your level. Also it appears...

Figure Skating: music, best bet, swing kids
best bet, swing kids, one of my favorites: Hi Cindy, It might be hard to find for those artists, however your best bet is to find karioke CDs because they would not have any words in the song. Other suggestions would be to go to your local library and borrow some CDs if available. Some Disney...

Figure Skating: music, winter season, skater
winter season, skater, choreography: Dear Jody, In my opinion, the skater had the right to pull their tests, and as a skater, should have taken their music with them. If you are keeping a copy of music that has been bought and paid for by parents/skaters, you are overstepping your bounds,...

Figure Skating: music, figure skating music, local music stores
figure skating music, local music stores, computer burner: Kathie-- I use NCH WavePad Masters Edition, it is affordable, and does a really good job at peicing. For burning music, you can also download (for free) NHC Express Burn, or just use the progam that came with your computer/burner. As for the best place...

Figure Skating: music, orchestras, love story
orchestras, love story, good luck: Zoey; If you want to continue to skate to Saint-Seans, then I would suggest any other pieces from his orchestras. Furthermore, please stay away from pieces like Love Story, or anything that is over done; it gets boring, and everyone hates a boring program!!...

Figure Skating: music 6 yr old first competition, gregarious personality, music choice
gregarious personality, music choice, perfect match: Hello Ann! The music that first popped into my mind was Cinderella. I skated to this when I was seven and at the Preliminary Level. It has a variety of pieces, including some slower with a few cutesy songs including Impossible . I m sure it would be...

Figure Skating: music for program, symphonic soul, crowd pleaser
symphonic soul, crowd pleaser, length music: Hi Sharon, Music is a very personal and unique aspect to the skater. It is hard to suggest music without seeing the skater. When I choose music for a skater, I base it on: age, personality, ability, and event skater is in. I try to pick music that is not...

Figure Skating: music for program, music suggestion, interpretive program
music suggestion, interpretive program, age style: Hi Sharon, Thanks for your question regarding music. For me, music is always personal and unique to the skater. When I plan a program, I look for music that best fits the skater: age, style, personality, ability, ect. I also look for music that is not...

Figure Skating: music suggestions, bond quartet, avita
bond quartet, avita, music suggestions: Hello, I don t know about the website end of things but I can tell you that there are several pieces of spanish music that are quite good. Carman has always been one of our favorites and I am pretty sure that if you asked your record store, they would still...

Figure Skating: music suggestions, opera carmen, music databases
opera carmen, music databases, searching music: Well, it s hard for me to say since I don t know you at all, but I can name a few things. there are always classics, like the opera Carmen, or movies with spanish themes like Zorro or something. Other than that you might try searching music databases for...

Figure Skating: music, man in the iron mask, disney soundtracks
man in the iron mask, disney soundtracks, movie soundtracks: Hi Kristy, For a 14 year old that just started I would suggest music that is a faster pace, but not too fast since you just started skating. Some music that I look for it is on disney soundtracks and movie soundtracks. Those are some good plaves to start....

Figure Skating: New games for Tot classes, giant snail, crazy pizza
giant snail, crazy pizza, balloon game: Wow...aren t all of us that do classes looking for fun ways to teach basics. I feel Tot class needs to keep moving all the time and they need to learn to feel comfortable on skates. I draw alot with washable markers. Things to swizzle around, trails to...

Figure Skating: New Scoring, scoring system, skaters
scoring system, skaters, placements: Hi Jeff, I can understand that this new scoring system can be complicated and hard to understand, and even sometimes I get a little lost. However what I really like about this new system is that it encourages the skaters to focus more on all the aspects of...

Figure Skating: New Scoring, glacier falls fsc, freeskate
glacier falls fsc, freeskate, club competition: Hi, as anything new it is hard to grasp. I think it kind of takes excitement away for fans. Also I have read about BIG scoring errors. My biggest concern is that the caller has all the power in determining value. And what about the skater performing...

Figure Skating: New skates, jackson skates, prelim
jackson skates, prelim, jacksons: Hi, First congratulations on such fast progress. Always listen to your coach first! The boot at her size is not as much the issue as the blade. She won t break them down. If she likes her Jacksons stay with it, look into going up a model or 2 for more...

Figure Skating: i need help, coach work, ice skater
coach work, ice skater, jade: Hi, Glad to hear you are having lessons. To be a pro you will need to train very hard! Find a coach that will believe in you and help you reach your goals. First you must complete all your tests. Then decide what direction you want to go: a performer...

Figure Skating: nervs and consistancy, figure skater, nervs
figure skater, nervs, skill level: Hi, this is a hard problem. There is no solution that works for everyone! I find that making sure the skater is over prepared helps. Doing alot of run throughs etc. Visualize where you will compete and how it will be. A Sports Pschologist may help. There...

Figure Skating: new boots and blades!, boots and blades, new boots
boots and blades, new boots, edge quality: Tessa, Hi and thanks for your questions. Boots and blade selection is such a highly personal choice--most skaters have their favorites and stick with them. There are two companies that I believe make the best boots, SP-Teri and Harlick. I always skated...

Figure Skating: new skates, mk gold, blade type
mk gold, blade type, risport: Kimberly-- Wow! Shes eight, and throwing doubles? I am impressed... your daughter has great potential. For your situation, I realize that the solution is costly, but I would suggest either a Jackson Elite Supreme, or a Jackson Elite boot, with an MK...

Figure Skating: new skates and blades!, boots and blades, going in the right direction
boots and blades, going in the right direction, new boots: Hi, sounds like you are going in the right direction. I personally wear the 3500 Jackson and many of my students wear them. They are heat moldable and seem to really last. If you have a very high arch you may need a small cookie under the arch as I do....

Figure Skating: new skates, young blade, blade type
young blade, blade type, competetor: Hi Kimberly, For her age, I would recommend the jackson competetor boot. It s slightly less stiff than the jackson elite, which should be fine since your daughter is so young. Blade wise, I would suggest the MK professional blade. That s the blade I used...

Figure Skating: my niece, professional skater, olympic hopefuls
professional skater, olympic hopefuls, olympics 2010: Hi, Sounds like she is doing quite well, but not necessarily on the Olympic Track . This is a great dream but very few make it happen. She seems to be on target to become a coach or professional skater if she desires. Make sure she finishes her tests...

Figure Skating: novice moves in the field, senior quality, level tests
senior quality, level tests, personal experiences: Hi, Originally these were designed for about a year. But it depends on many factors...how much you practice them mainly. My personal experiences have been minimum 6 months on the high level tests. Remember the judges are looking for a skater that could...

Figure Skating: Am I Too Old To Start Skating ?, professional skater, figure skater
professional skater, figure skater, group lessons: Hi Abbie, You are definately not too old. I started when I was 12, and even though I didn t become a professional skater, I had a great time and accomplished alot in the time that I skated. Even if you don t make it to nationals, it s still great to be able...

Figure Skating: Outside Edge on a forward sit spin, skaters, myspace
skaters, myspace, good question: Hi Lou: That s a good question! Well, there are only 2 possible edges you can spin on when doing a forward sit spin--the backward inside and forward outside. Most skaters find the backward inside edge the easiest and the forward outside edge difficult....

Figure Skating: too old, adult partner, slow response
adult partner, slow response, hard news: Hi rebecca, Sorry for my slow response. Awfully busy here at school right now. Anyhow - whether or not you are too old to bother really depends on what kind of goals you have in mind. I mean, certainly you can continue to skate recreationally, and you...

Figure Skating: Too old?, female skater, lots of girls
female skater, lots of girls, 10 year olds: Dear Britt- When you say that you re too old for singles, you are somewhat mistaken. If you mean the big-times, like Olympics, Regionals, etc. then yes you are too old. But it s never too late to start going to some small, local competitions. There are...

Figure Skating: too old?, adult competitions, skating competitions
adult competitions, skating competitions, female skater: Hi Britt, Well, my first inclination is to ask you what you mean by do anything ? What is it that you would like to do? This is how I would look at it - Skating is fun. You enjoy learning new maneuvers and you enjoy the feeling of being on the ice....

Figure Skating: Too old?, adult competition, parralel
adult competition, parralel, olympic level: Hi, wow sounds like you are doing amazing. But reality is Olympic level skating is a very long road. But there are many avenues for you to compete. Look into Adult competition in your area. I m not sure where you are but Adults compete nationaly and...

Figure Skating: Am I too old...?, imperials, skates
imperials, skates, skater: Hi, 15 is a bit old to compete ultra high level. But there are so many opportunities for any age or level to participate! There are events for everyone in an ISI competition even a total new skater. The important thing is to get lessons, practice hard and...

Figure Skating: Am I too old to learn?, adult competition, adult beginners
adult competition, adult beginners, competition check: Wow...someone has not told you about the wonderful world of Adult competition! Check out www.skateisi.org or www.usfsa.org for information. Both ISI and USFigure Skating have extensive Adult programs. One of my adult students became a USFigure Skating Gold...

Figure Skating: am i to old to make it to the olympics, intensive training, axel
intensive training, axel, olympics: Hi Fred, First of all, congratulations on landing your axel so soon. Realistically, most competitors to make the Olympics and compete competitively at the high levels, are in intensive training by 16 and working on their triples. Starting so late, it would...

Figure Skating: Too old to skate?, great don, alexis
great don, alexis, good luck: Hi Alexis, That s great that you want to start skating again. You re definately not too old. I used to teach for my club s learn to skate program and I taught plenty of girls much older than you who were complete beginners that had never set foot on the ice....

Figure Skating: too old to start?, triple jumps, ski town
triple jumps, ski town, private lessons: Hi Sarah, I started skating late, too. I was 12, and most of the girls at my rink had been skating since they were really little. It was something that I really wanted to do, so I went for it anyway, and while I didn t get to senior level(it s still a goal,...

Figure Skating: am i too old???, adult track, michelle kwan
adult track, michelle kwan, usfsa: Hi, you can never tell. Look at Butraskaya...she was late 20 s wnen she became World Champion. But you must work hard because you love to skate. No one can say what anyone can accomplish. There is also an Adult and young Adult track in USFSA. So you can...

Figure Skating: The other judges at the Olympics, french judge, sale pelletier
french judge, sale pelletier, arranger: Hi I agree with you, but there was alot more to the whole thing. The French judge was an arranger . It was not just the event that is her problem. The whole thing is a huge scandal. Judging issues (I have been in several as a skater) always happen. Every...

Figure Skating: outside back 3 and backward crossovers, bad habits, what the heck
bad habits, what the heck, one foot: Hi, sounds like you are doing great. But you need to at least take a basic class or you will get bad habits that may never be broken! You are really jumping ahead with the 3 turns. First you will learn a forward 3 which is turning on one foot, the print...

Figure Skating: back outside 3, mitf, hi john
mitf, hi john, left arm: Hi John, thank you for your question. Dragging the toe-pick when travelling backwards is a very common thing. Remember when skating backwards your weight on the blade is from the middle to the front of the blade. When skating forwards the weight is on the...

Figure Skating: overcoming paralysis, massive brain hemorrhage, vestibular system
massive brain hemorrhage, vestibular system, proprioceptor system: HI Valerie: First of all, I am very sorry to hear about your condition. It sounds like you have come a long way in healing so far. Unfortunately, I have not worked with any skater who has had a brain injury such as yours. I have treated other patients...

Figure Skating: Pain!!, risport skates, custom skates
risport skates, custom skates, stock boots: Deborah, You re not going to like this, but it sounds like your skates don t fit. I don t care how much you spend on the brand name. If your skates don t fit, they don t fit. I have similar feet, and I tried almost everything as a child and teen to...

Figure Skating: Back Pain, stomach muscles, lower back pain
stomach muscles, lower back pain, back muscles: Hi Bebe Try going back and refocusing on your Crossover technique. Even if it takes several weeks, try to work on you posture. Back pain is often caused because we lean forwards to far with speed. Hockey players lean forwards over their knees, but they...

Figure Skating: Pain!!, wide feet, boot company
wide feet, boot company, rf3: Hi Deborah They say with today s technology that breaking in new skates should not hurt. I beg to differ…. We have all kinds of programs with boots and its seems that things are getting worse. You have a couple of choices…. A) you could get your...

Figure Skating: Pair Skating, kori kori, canada web site
kori kori, canada web site, skating competitions: Kori, I am assuming that you are Male. If so then 14 is not really too old for a career in singles at all. The learning curve for people who are your age is quite steep. If you have the general concepts of skating down, then spinning and jumping come very...

Figure Skating: Pairs, discpline, edge work
discpline, edge work, figure skating: Hi, pairs requires alot of single skating skill. I don t teach pairs or dance but am around them. The main thing seems to be that the girl is small and fearless. Ice Dance is a whole different discpline. You should start now because she will have alot...

Figure Skating: Parabolic blade, risport skates, personal preference
risport skates, personal preference, john wilson: Hi, none of my students use them, so I m really not able to answer that. Personal preference these days is Ultima Freestyle for my better skaters. Also the lesser priced Ultima blades are great! As far as boots I am not using Risport so I cannot answer....

Figure Skating: Phantom or Pattern 99, personal preferance, angel dear
personal preferance, angel dear, dear angel: Dear Angel, I ve used Phantom forever and most of my students doing doubles or triples do. Pattern 99 never has been that popular where I ve skated or taught so I cannot give a fair comparison. I am noticing alot of Ultima fans lately. My husband loves...

Figure Skating: Posture while figure skating, private coach, core strength
private coach, core strength, shoulder blades: Hi, I have this alot in kids. It is an overall posture thing. You need to work on core strength and posture awareness. Maybe ballet? I recently had a shoulder injury and my PT gave me a great statement: Feel like you are putting your shoulder blades...

Figure Skating: Power Class, beannie babies, rosy cheeks
beannie babies, rosy cheeks, skaters: Hi, it is tough with such a wide skill range. Just keep them moving. Devise drills with MIF turns etc. I also use props. Cones for slalom and power pulls. Beannie Babies on heads or hands. Use a whistle for stop and go, etc. Just make sure they have...

Figure Skating: PR, chris howarth, paramount iceland
chris howarth, paramount iceland, doug chapman: Hi, this sounds exciting to see some talent represent the Netherlands in skating. I m not quite sure what you would like from me but I will listen to whatever it is. You can e-mail me personally at ddlsk8@msn.com. If you have any skaters wishing to train...

Figure Skating: Problem with double flip & loop, free leg, hip rotation
free leg, hip rotation, external rotation: Hi Christine: If I understand you correctly it sounds like you are able to land axels and double toe loops but have trouble with overcrossing your free leg when rotating for double flips or loops. This sounds like a problem called wrapping the free leg....

Figure Skating: Progress, jr nationals, freestyle session
jr nationals, freestyle session, competions: Hi, First of all you can never compare kids, everyone progresses at their own rate. After that it sounds like you need a conversation with the coach. She may not realize your needs and goals. If this does not help, you may want to check into a second coach....

Figure Skating: pairs, rebecca rebecca, height and weight
rebecca rebecca, height and weight, height weight: Rebecca-- If you have an interest in pairs skating; talk it over with your coach, and do it! You may have to find another coach to help you, as some coaches have little experience with pairs skating-- however, every situation is different. As for your...

Figure Skating: How to practice without coach?, ballet jazz, skating school
ballet jazz, skating school, jazz class: Hi, Wow I have always encouraged practice! My students learn early proper practice. You cannot always be supervised. Work with her coach to teach her good practice plans. Get a book to keep track of what to work on etc. The pay off for extra practice...

Figure Skating: programs, questin, choreography
questin, choreography, skater: Dear Patricia. Thank you for asking your question. Congratulations for your skater in starting their program. If I understand the questin correctly, the skater is starting to skate a program to music? Now as to where the coach gets the program from,...

Figure Skating: pulling in my dbl sal and dbl toe, time in the air, back spin
time in the air, back spin, toe loop: Hi, distance won t do it...height will. Work on more lift to get time in the air. Spend time practicing salchow-loop and toe loop-loop. this will help the position fall into place. If your axel is good position these jumps will come. Be patient and work...

Figure Skating: i have a question, inline skates, roller skates
inline skates, roller skates, world champion: Michelle; I am not just sure the answer to your question.. but I would assume, with alot of training, practice, and effort it could be done (but not on inline skates). I once had a choreographer who was a world champion Roller Skater, so I would assume...

Figure Skating: A question about blades..., boots and blades, fsi
boots and blades, fsi, 19 years: Adrian~~~ For FSI 5, I would suggest an Ultima Mirage.. It s an all purpose blade. www.ice-sk8.com is a very good website, giving you lots of info on blades and boots. I hope this helped you! Just remember not to buy a blade that is too advanced for...

Figure Skating: A question about blades..., boots and blades, safe bet
boots and blades, safe bet, 19 years: Hi, these will last you awhile I presume. My students are going with the new Ultima blades. We like the Freestyle for the picks! Otherwise Phantom is always a safe bet for doubles and spins. But check with your coach, they may have a preference. Diann...

Figure Skating: A question about blades..., boots and blades, 19 years
boots and blades, 19 years, graff: Hi Adrian I would recommend an introductory free skate blade or higher. Because you are older, you should be able to handle a more aggressive toe pick. Your boot choice is excellent, just make sure you have enough support for your weight. Check out...

Figure Skating: questions, usfs, sure what type
usfs, sure what type, gold medal: Hi, I m not sure what type of program you have been involved in. Learn to Skate should be levels of basic skills everyone needs. It can be ISI, USFS or a combo of others. But we all teach the same skills. It is not that you must finish but you must have...

Figure Skating: questions, sonja henie, custom skates
sonja henie, custom skates, excel 7: Hi, most of these answers require alot of further reaearch, but I will sumarize: 1. Most jumps vary in type of take-off. Edge or toe-pick, also how many rotations. 2. Sonja Henie for her innovative modern skating. There have been so many great champions...

Figure Skating: questions, choreographer, skater
choreographer, skater, visions: Hi Angela, thank you for you question. As a coach and a choreographer I do need to work directly with the skater. There are so many elements to take into consideration: the skater s ability, the music, the personality of the skater, the theme---what are...

Figure Skating: I have two questons., adult competitions, adult level
adult competitions, adult level, intensly: Hi Amanda, to take adult level tests and compete at adult competitions, you need to be at least 25, but you can still test and compete standard track(pre-prelim. through senior)no matter how old you are. As for the moves that you should have, everyone learns...

Figure Skating: Re-entering skating, possible coaching, indiana world skating academy, harsh treatments
indiana world skating academy, harsh treatments, frezzing: Hi it sounds like you are doing great! If you get some skills back coaching would be terrific, you could be very inspirational! Talk to some school directors and start putting together a resume. You need to join ISI, PSA, and USFS. Insurance is a must....

Figure Skating: Recreational skates?, recreational skates, figure skates
recreational skates, figure skates, blade: Hi Barry- Is your daughter only planning on skating recreationally, or does she want to take lessons? If she wants to learn how to figure skate, I would not recommend them, but if she just wants to skate casually and have fun, they should be fine. Otherwise,...

Figure Skating: Right or left footed, waltz jumps, loop jump
waltz jumps, loop jump, adult classes: Hi Rachel, Although it is a little unusual, some skaters do jump different directions than they spin. Most young skaters are told by their coaches to pick one direction for both, but if you are just doing this soley for fun, I think you ll be okay. It can...

Figure Skating: Rules of thumb for blade setting, rules of thumb, legs feet
rules of thumb, legs feet, body position: Hi, I m not an expert here but see alot of skaters. You can definitely have instincts on the blade setting. If you are having trouble with certain edges have the blade moved slightly. If it is on with screws not rivets it is not a huge job but go to an...

Figure Skating: I really want to achieve in ice skating, group lesson, happy new year
group lesson, happy new year, group lessons: Hi Yana- Freestyle 1 is not bad for only skating for a year! I m assuming that you are only in group lessons right now? Sometimes the best thing to do when you are struggling to learn more advanced elements is to take private lessons. If you eventually want...

Figure Skating: regarding figure skating, bkl, camel
bkl, camel, good luck: Hi, sounds like you are doing great. Hopefully you have a good coach to guide you. Talk to your coach about spins. Spins take ALOT of practice. Set aside time every day to work on them. An off ice spinner would help you when you can t skate. Sit and...

Figure Skating: rotation in the air, bady, abous
bady, abous, 5 months: Wow! 5 months and learning axel...that is amazing. But now...give yourself a chance to catch up. Work all the preparation exercises like the jump in back scartch to train your bady to get the leg over. If you do these you will fell where things go. ...

Figure Skating: Scared to do the axel, mandatory work, thanks for your concern
mandatory work, thanks for your concern, skating rink: Hi, good for you coming back! Work hard on all your singles to feel great! Start doing waltz jump/loop and back scratch alot. Off-ice axel is important but not always mandatory. Work on axel exercises on ice. Do you have a coach? You need someone for...

Figure Skating: School Project, level coach, freestlye
level coach, freestlye, usfsa: Hi Natasha, Sorry I can t help you more, but Canada has Different standards then the USA. In Canada, we have to take courses (NCCP) and become certified at different levels to coach. The average income for a low level coach is 20 to 30 thousand. Our...

Figure Skating: Sit spin, axel, muscles
axel, muscles, good luck: Hi Laura, Considering how long you have been skating you seem to be making great progress. With that said, the more comfortable you are with the sit spin, the lower you will be able to go. To help you get there practice on the boards how low you wish to go...

Figure Skating: Sit-spin, free leg, bruce forciea
free leg, bruce forciea, straight leg: About the only thing I can think of without seeing you perform the spin is that you may be entering the spin with your leg bent. You should try to enter with a straight leg (free leg). Also, there is nothing wrong with a bent free leg in a sit spin. Many skaters...

Figure Skating: Sit spin and Salchow, salchow, rear end
salchow, rear end, sweet spot: Hi, Sit Spin is tricky. The good news is you are close to the ice when you fall. Lean forward with a straight back. Push your rear end back as you go down to stay balanced. The pressure is towards the front of your blade. Salchow needs a bit of rip ...

Figure Skating: Sit spin, free leg, excercises
free leg, excercises, squats: Hi, Sit spin takes alot of strength! Do squats and the wall sit . That is a 90% sit against the wall without support. Work up to 90 seconds. As for the spin... make sur your free leg is all the way in front, close your legs. Press your rear end back...

Figure Skating: Sitspin, arm positions, free leg
arm positions, free leg, free arm: Hi, sitspin is tough! Keep trying to press that free leg acrosstowards the other leg. Work on getting up into a scratch spin. This will help you close up. Make sure you are spinning on the ball of your foot (not your toepick). There are several arm positions...

Figure Skating: Skate Weights?, figure skaters, leg muscles
figure skaters, leg muscles, rec hockey: HI Barry: Glad to hear that you took up skating as an adult and are enjoying it. The skate weights will help to build up your leg muscles because they provide resistance that is specific to your activity. However, I have tried these a long time ago with...

Figure Skating: Skate, strength exercises, calluses
strength exercises, calluses, blisters: Hi, I don t know your age or level...but you need help! Good equipment is #1. Please deal with a good pro shop and solve those problems first. Alot of your fear will disappear when your feet and skates work together right. Do alot of stretching and strength...

Figure Skating: Skater who cannot feel her jumps, light weights, video playback
light weights, video playback, figure skater: Joan-- All it takes is practice. Make her do them off ice, video tape them onice, perhaps look in to a system called dartfish training , there are a bunch of trainers around that use it-- basically it is video playback of their jumps, so instead of feeling...

Figure Skating: Skater who cannot feel her jumps, light weights, figure skater
light weights, figure skater, logical instructions: Hi Joani: Sounds like you re on the right track. I understand the situation with off-ice training. The dance classes will help with coordination and artistry. What I am finding now though is a lot of younger athletes are getting into weight training because...

Figure Skating: Skates, hockey skates, high arches
hockey skates, high arches, road runners: Sorry I don t know about hockey skates. It sounds like you are on the right track. Perhaps go back to the place that fitted you or try another shop. Sometimes a good running store also has better insoles. There is a place in San Diego and Anaheim called...

Figure Skating: Skates, ultima legacy, thigs
ultima legacy, thigs, biellmann spin: Hi, You need to get her a coach right away. Even though it may look great to you but snot learning your basics before going on to advanced thigs is dangerous and bad habits may take years to break! Check with a good pro shop for skates. The boots at her...

Figure Skating: Skates, skates, good luck
skates, good luck, coach: Hi, Check first with your coach then a good pro shop. Also most manufacturers have charts on their website. But sometimes they don t take size into consideration. The brand is not as important as the fit since each fit differently. As for blades...buy...

Figure Skating: Skates, gam boots, boots and blades
gam boots, boots and blades, risport: Hi Jennifer, There can be many issues going on. Different issues could be going on. Different blades, settings, boots, etc. The shape of the blade will be different so your sweet spot will sometimes feel hard to find. Work with your coach and a good...

Figure Skating: Skates, shadow blade, ridell
shadow blade, ridell, jacksons: Megan!! Price wise, depending on the skate, you ll pay about the same whatever brand you go with (if you find an equal skate). However, I have always found Ridell s to fit a bit wider, and Jacksons to be slightly thinner, but a longer boot. I have skated...

Figure Skating: Skates, figure skates, worthwhile investment
figure skates, worthwhile investment, pirouette: Hi, I m not familiar with the CCM since they don t carry them here. But have someone at a pro shop work with you to find suitable for your size, level and budget. Since you are not growing skates will last a long time. It may be a worthwhile investment...

Figure Skating: Skating artistry, presentation marks, quality flow
presentation marks, quality flow, artistic presentation: Well there are many factors that lead to a high score in presentation marks (for the old system); things are a little different with the new ISU system. The old system is still used in local competitions though. Anyhow, in the old system of judging, the...

Figure Skating: Skating boots, laces, skates
laces, skates, socks: You should talk to your skate sharpener or whomever you get your boots from. I had a similar problem a long time ago, and my skate guy took care of it by doing something to the tongue. I m sorry I don t know more but this really a skate shop type of problem....

Figure Skating: Skating Dresses, skating competitions, custom dresses
skating competitions, custom dresses, craft stores: Dear Rebecca, Unfortunately, skating dresses are very expensive:( However, I don t know much about making dresses either. One thing I used to do though, was buy simplier, less expensive dresses at skating and dance shops, and my mom would buy sequins and...

Figure Skating: Skating faster, weight training program, bench press
weight training program, bench press, rec hockey: Hi Barry Being able to skate fast and have good agility takes time and hard work. You are nowhere near your full potential for speed so it s not genetic at this point. Work on your stride length, making sure you get a full extension when you push, make...

Figure Skating: Skating games for kids, washable markers, montreal canada
washable markers, montreal canada, game book: Hi, the ISI used to have a game book. Try www.skateisi.com. I play pretend games with tots. Red light/green light with more lights. Pink is jump, purple swizzle, etc. We use washable markers alot but that is hard for you to use. Maybe they would respond...

Figure Skating: Skating Moves, straight head, hi mary
straight head, hi mary, free foot: Hi Mary, A very good question! The ability to do the one-foot spin, or even think back to the two foot spin comes with balance and better control of the weight on the blade. And of course this comes with learning proper technique, but as you know, comes...

Figure Skating: Skating Rink and Choreography, wissahickon skating club, skating rink
wissahickon skating club, skating rink, private lessons: Hi, you need a coach to help you do a program! They know the requirements etc. But picking the best coach for you can be hard. They must believe in you, know how to bring out your best, and be patient to find the key to your success! Write things down so...

Figure Skating: Snowplow Stop, equal weight, knees
equal weight, knees, good luck: Hi Evgenia, stopping can be very scary at first. Just remember to start very slow. You can build speed as you become more comfortable with stopping. For a snowplow stop, you want to put equal weight and pressure on both feet so that you don t turn when you...

Figure Skating: Speed, figure skater, rec hockey
figure skater, rec hockey, eliptical trainer: Hi, figure skaters generally have more power than hockey players because they have been taught proper stroking etc. You should check out classe at your rink or a nearby rink for power skating or even general learn to skate. Once you learn better crossovers...

Figure Skating: Speed, rec hockey, private lesson
rec hockey, private lesson, little girls: Hi, speed comes from power. Power comes from edge pressure when you push. NEVER use your toepicks! You may want to take a power stroking class or a private lesson to help you. I work with my skaters on timing and lean to generate pressure against the ice....

Figure Skating: Spin, exercizes, correct position
exercizes, correct position, footwork: Hi, You are doing great! Scratch spin may take awhile to feel the position. Try it with a slght to moderate kneebend on the start as you center the spin. Then you will hit the pick (that is why it is called scratch spin), but use it to nail you to your...

Figure Skating: Spin and jump difficulty.., loop jump, ina bauer
loop jump, ina bauer, true standards: Hi, You can look up the Scale of Values on the ISU or US Figure Skating sites. As for difficulty to perform, it can vary from skater to skater. When you learn to skate you should follow tried and true standards that the testing schedules follow. Good...

Figure Skating: Back Spin, ballet pirouette, preferred entrance
ballet pirouette, preferred entrance, lutz: Hi, you sound like you are on the right track with your practice. I like the absolute stand still kind of like a ballet pirouette. If you are a CC spinner...stand on right with left toe in, bend, and do a slower version to start. Than progress to the other...

Figure Skating: Spinning, group lessons, left leg
group lessons, left leg, waltz: Hi, the direction you spin and eventualy jump is important. It is not dependant on any one thing. Start with 2 foot spins both ways for awhile. When you get to Waltz jump, this can help you decide direction. After a while one direction will become dominant....

Figure Skating: Spinning, style problems, body position
style problems, body position, free foot: Lisa-- Think about your entire body position, consider bringing in the foot, and then the arms (as your arms coming in will speed you up.) Most of all, ask a coach to have a look at it; there might be some technique or style problems that I could not address...

Figure Skating: Spinning Problem, center of gravity, bruce forciea
center of gravity, bruce forciea, correct position: Hi Alison: You asked a great question about spins. So the way I am understanding your problem is that while you are doing low spins like sit spins (which are done on a back inside edge) your ankle bends to the inside causing you to fall to the inside making...

Figure Skating: Spinning problem, pigeon toed, vertical axis
pigeon toed, vertical axis, body positions: Hello and thank you for your question. The biggest problems I see with spins--both two-foot and one-foot spins is the inability to correctly center the spin--and I am not talking about doing a fast spin. I always teach the spin, slow getting the correct...

Figure Skating: Spinning..., private coach, group lessons
private coach, group lessons, happy new year: Hi Helen- Group lessons are a great way to get started! That s how I started and that s where you ll learn all the fundamentals that will help make you a great skater! Eventually, if you decide to compete, you will need a private coach, but for now, group...

Figure Skating: Spins, inner edges, center of balance
inner edges, center of balance, body position: Hi Marcelo. I hope I can help you, although it s kind of difficult to answer such questions without actually seeing you skate. Common reasons that cause people to have trouble centering spins include: 1) trying to enter the spin too soon. You have to...

Figure Skating: Spins
Hello! To keep on spinning, you have to give yourself space. What I mean by this is give yourself somewhere to go with the spin. If you begin with your arms in tight, it is impossible to generate speed to keep it going. Try starting with your arms and...

Figure Skating: Spins, skaters, simple answer
skaters, simple answer, graduate course: Hi Rick Sorry it took me so long to respond, our my coaching schedule this week has been crazy. The simple answer to your question regarding why skaters don t get dizzy when they spin is we get use to it. The more you practice spins, the less dizzy you...

Figure Skating: Spins, scoring system, extra points
scoring system, extra points, skaters: Hi, this is hard! That is why the extra points. Start working on changing the edge on upright spin. Learn what it takes. You will need to be on the back of your blade to go outside edge. It has taken most of my skaters a while to learn this...have courage...

Figure Skating: Spins !, figure skater, spiral
figure skater, spiral, biellmann spin: Hey Chantel! There are two types of spins that you can do that involve a spiral position, a Camel spin (in which the leg is fully extended,) and a Biellmann spin, in which it looks like a grab spiral, and the leg comes uptowards the head. Good luck!...

Figure Skating: Spins!, square shoulders, body position
square shoulders, body position, nineteen years: Ellen!! I have been doing figure skating for nineteen years, and sometimes I still strugle with my spins! Never worry. First of all, think about your body position, you want to be straight up and down, with nice square shoulders-- no bent forwards or...