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Archive for February, 2006

Inspirational Spirals

After last week’s ladies Olympic long program my adult figure skating students were inspired to work on spiral sequences and improve their turns and foot work in this week’s lesson. That’s because the quality of free skating has improved so much due to the new judging system that audiences are beginning to enjoy the skating [...]

So Many Injuries, Go Figure

When figures disappeared from figure skating I wondered two things. First, how would skaters learn to use their edges and learn good skating skills without the basics that figures provided? Second, what would skaters do with all that extra time? It turns out that the ‘Skills’ system used in Canada and elsewhere has done an [...]

Ladies Deliver in Turin

The women demonstrated tremendous athleticism and artistry in the short program in Turin. I had high expectations for the women’s event and so far the skaters have not disappointed. Sadly, the same can’t be said for the men. The last two seasons have been a display of inconsistent jumping, off-ice theatrics and lack-luster performances. While [...]

Hooray for Muscle Memory

It’s been 13 years since I trained as a figure skater, but my body still remembers how to jump. I skate once a week for fun and fitness. Despite lacking good conditioning and the kind of guts figure skaters need today I can still land a good number of doubles. It always amazes me how [...]

The Shape of Things to Come

It’s a mystery how the US produces such outstanding female figure skaters. Canadians in particular must wonder as it’s been more than a decade since we’ve seen remarkable female free skaters in Canada (sorry, Jennifer Robinson). While watching both the Canadian and US women compete this weekend I couldn’t help but wonder if the shape [...]