Figure Skating Spins: Upright spins
There are three main categories of spins in figure skating: upright spins, camel spins, and sit spins. This post will cover upright spins. Upright spins are defined as spins with at least one extended leg on the ice and the body in a more-or-less upright position. (This gets murky when you get variations that are a cross between camel and upright spins.)
There are many, many, many variations on spin positions in skating; in fact, coming up with interesting positions and combinations is one way to get higher levels on spins. (A common criticism of the judging system is that it encourages weird or ugly spin positions in the name of difficulty and gaining points.) It’s impossible to account for all of the variations out there, so I’ve only gifed some common positions and famous variations. There are many more possibilities than presented in this post.
Scratch spin: One of the most basic upright spins. Taka begins spinning on one foot, then brings his arms and free leg inwards and crosses his legs at the ankle, gaining angular momentum all the while.
Biellmann spin: Usually only done by women because most men lack the flexibility to do this spin (though some male skaters like Michael Christian Martinez can do a nice Biellmann). A Biellmann spin is defined as a spin with the free foot extended over and behind the head. The classic Biellmann position looks like a teardrop, while a hyperextended Biellmann has a straighter free leg. In the gifs above Mao performs a one-handed and two-handed Biellmann and Julia performs a hyperextended Biellmann with her hands on her leg instead of her skate blade. A half-Biellmann is a murkily-defined spin that is somewhere between a full Biellmann and a catchfoot camel. Here is Mao doing a half-Biellmann (in this case it would probably be an upright spin because her torso is mostly upright instead of parallel to the ice):
Layback spin: Another spin position usually done by women, and iconic of ladies’ figure skating. (Adam Rippon has a really nice catchfoot layback though.) In the layback position, the skater’s back is arched and the head and shoulders dropped back. The classic “attitude” layback has the free leg extended back and outwards and the arms held in a circle above the skater’s body. Mirai does a gorgeous example of a classic layback in the gif above. In Zijun’s layback position, her legs are closer together and her arms are held to the side instead of above her body. In a catchfoot layback, the skater’s back is arched in a layback position and they hold their free foot with one or both hands. Mao performs a one-handed catchfoot layback while Caroline holds her free foot in her signature "Pearl" spin, which looks like a horizontal Biellmann. The haircutter is another layback variation where the free foot is brought towards the skater’s head, as demonstrated by Akiko. The haircutter is usually seen as a transition between the layback and Biellmann positions.
Y-spin: Mao’s free leg is held in a split to the side of her body, and her legs and torso create a “Y” shape. She holds her leg by the ankle, but some skaters hold their leg by the skate blade.
I-spin: Sasha’s free leg is pulled up in a split in front of her body, creating an “I” shape with her legs and torso. A shotgun spin is like an incomplete I-spin, with the free leg held straight in front of the body. Personally I think it looks ugly as hell and I didn’t gif it, but here’s a picture.
A-spin: A strange-looking spin where
the skater sticks their butt into the airthe skater bends over at the waist and grasps their ankle while extending their other leg out to create an “A” shape with their legs.
Honest Trailer for Frozen. #crying
WTF THIS IS AMAZING
"extended Let It Go music video"
Oh. My. God.
I WAS HOWLING AT THE LOVE IS AN OPEN DOOR PART
Have you heard of Ban Bossy? It’s the new initiative from Lean In and the Girl Scouts that’s trying to ban “bossy” and similar words that are used to bring down girls that are ambitious, take risks, and speak up. By changing the way we treat girls who lead, hopefully our generation will someday see more women in leadership roles.
don’t read the youtube comments on this.
im friends with 25 letters of the alphabet
i dont know y
I THOUGHT IT WAS A LIE THAT YOU LOSE A FOLLOWER EVERYTIME YOU POST A PUN
I WAS WRONG
LMAO. I just love you, Anna-san~ I like reading this first thing in the morning.
what is that lawson camp thing? where are they going?
Not really a camp…more like a campaign. ^^ Lawson refers to the name of one of the largest convenience stores in Japan. Lawson Co. Japan has acquired the rights to have Free! and it’s characters in one of the company’s campaigns.
Free! merchandise is SO BIG TIME I tell you. ^w^The official art above shows the boys bought some snacks from the convenience store. I want to go to Lawson now and buy Makoto’s drink. Not sure if there’s one in my country though.
are those new uniforms?
The new uniforms shown above are part of the Lawson x Free! 2nd Season (3/17-3/31) Campaign Official Illustration! So yes, we’ll see this in season two. X3
what is the next step? what deeper feelings? is makoharu the definition of true love?
What’s the next step after being childhood friends? Pfft! I am not sure, Anna-san. Do you have any ideas?
Let me leave you with some of the most *cough* interesting lines from the recent translated magazine article and you be the judge. Source: [x]
1) The childhood friend bond hasn’t disappeared, but Haruka and Makoto’s RELATIONSHIP
HAS MOVED ON TO ANOTHER PHASE. So until THAT DAY COMES, let’s remember the amazing “GAZE” once more♪ [HONESTLY MAN WHAT THE HECK IS THIS?! - me commenting ;3]
2) In front of Haruka’s shocked gaze…… even though Makoto was surely tired after the tournament, he waited. His kind aura wraps around his whole body♪ [WHAT?! WHAT WITH THE SONG NOTE AT THE END?! - me again :3]
3) “If it’s not Haru it’s no good”
Because he didn’t like that he couldn’t swim with Haruka, or maybe, because of some DEEPER FEELING… [Hmm… *grins* - me]
I would say I’m on cloud nine now, Anna-san.
will I ever get a raise?
LOL. That I cannot answer.
I have the same sentiments, too X3.