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spins are identified by figure skaters spinning or twirling on a single spot
(normally). The ability to perform figure skating spins requires excellent
balance, and the ability to withstand the dizziness that inevitability comes
from spinning. There are many different types of figure skating spins, and
multiple variations for each spin. Figure skating spins can be performed as
sitting spins, upright spins, flying spins, traveling spins, on one or two feet,
and forwards or backwards. The criterion for a “good” spin is determined by: the
speed of the spin; the body control of the skater; and the ability of the skater
to spin without traveling (unless it’s a traveling figure skating spin).
For beginners, the two-foot
figure skating spin is probably the best spin to learn first. The two-foot spin
is performed on the skating blades versus the toe pick. As beginners get
comfortable with the two-foot spin, they can begin working on the one-foot spin
by simply lifting one foot while performing the two foot spin. For beginners,
the goal should be to perform two or three revolutions during a spin. The next
step in learning to perform figure skating spins is to spin on the toe pick.
Please see below for more information on many of the various types of figure skating spins.
skating spins are spins simply performed while in an upright position. Upright
spins are considered the easiest of all figure skating spins, and are normally
the first type of spins figure
skaters learn. The figure skater may execute the upright spins in either
direction; forwards or backwards. The basic upright spins are the two-foot, and
one-foot figure skating spins.
To perform the
two-foot figure skating spin the skater will stand with the feet approximately
shoulder width apart. With good posture, the skater will place one of the toe
picks into the ice and use the
arms, head, and shoulders to gain momentum for twirling the body. Just as the
spin starts, the skater should slightly bend the knees and straighten them as
the spin begins. One of the purposes of the two-foot figure skating spin is to
help the skater become accustomed to the sensation of spinning. As mentioned,
the two-foot spin is normally one of the first (if not the first) figure skating
spins beginning figure skaters will learn to perform.
Once a beginning
figure skater has conquered the two-foot figure skating spin, he or she will
probably find the transition to spinning on one foot relatively easy. To perform
the one-foot figure skating spin, stand with the feet approximately shoulder
width apart. With good posture, place one of the toe picks into the ice and use
the arms, head and shoulders to gain momentum for twirling the body. Just as the
spin starts, the skater should lift one leg from the ice, slightly bend the
spinning knee, and straighten the spinning knee as the spin begins. Some figure
skaters may find the one-foot figure skating spin easier to perform than the
The scratch spin
is performed in an upright position with the legs crossed, and the arms extended
over the head or across the front. The scratch figure skating spin can be
executed on a back outside or back inside edge, and the spin is accomplished at
an extremely fast rate. The scratch spin is sometimes performed at the end of
the figure skating program as a part of the grand finale.
invented the Biellmann figure skating spin is uncertain. However, this figure
skating spin is named after Denise Biellmann, a figure skater from Switzerland.
Denise Biellmann introduced the Biellmann spin to the world in the 1970s. The
Biellmann figure skating spin is an upright spin that requires great
flexibility, and is mostly performed by women. During the Biellmann spin, the
figure skater; arches the back, lifts and grabs one skate and holds it high over
the head, and spins on the other skate. The figure skater can hold the lifted
ice skate with one or two hands.
It is widely
believed that the British figure skater Cecilia Colledge invented the Camel
figure skating spin in 1935. During the Camel spin the figure skater leans
forward at the waist, with the free leg straight behind and parallel with the
upper body. The arms are straight out to the side, one pointing
toward the ice, and the other pointing toward the ceiling. There are multiple
variations to the Camel figure skating spin, and it can be performed either
forward or backwards. Some of the noteworthy variations are the: outside edge
camel spin; inverted camel spin; Hamill Camel spin (named after Dorothy Hamill);
Illusion spin; butterfly spin; layover spin and the layover camel figure skating
figure skating spin is performed on two feet and is variation of an upright
spin. The cross-foot spin is identified by the figure skater crossing the free
leg over the skating leg and spinning on the toes of both skates. The cross-foot
figure skating spin is considered a difficult spin to learn, and a challenge for
even the most advanced figure skaters.
The layback spin
in an upright figure skating spin where the skater arches the back deeply while
spinning. The free leg is up and out to the side and the arms can be in a
variety of positions. The preparation techniques for performing the layback
figure skating spin are the same as for the forward upright spin.
As its name
implies, the sit figure skating spin is executed in a sitting position. The sit
spin is performed with one leg bent deeply in a sitting position, and the other
leg sticking straight out during the rotations. The figure skater should keep
perfect posture during the sit spin. There are multiple variations to the sit
figure skating spin, and it is considered a difficult spin for figure skaters to
skating spins consist of a combination of a spin and a jump. The flying spin is
initiated by the jump. For beginners, learning to perform flying spins would be
a difficult endeavor. However, skaters that are proficient at performing figure
skating spins and jumps, find it relatively easy to learn to perform flying
figure skating spins. Flying spins can also be performed in combination. Flying
figure skating spin combinations are simply flying spins and normal “non-flying”
spins combined. One of the most common flying figure skating spins is the Flying
The flying camel
figure skating spin was invented by an American figure skater (Dick Button),
sometime in the 1940s, and was originally called the Button camel. To perform a
flying camel figure skating spin, the figure skater will jump from a left
forward outside edge, perform approximately one revolution in the air, and land
on a back outside edge.
spins are normally performed by centering and spinning on a single spot, without
traveling or unintentionally wavering from that spot. However, traveling figure
skating spins are designed to travel during the spin, thereby creating another
exciting dynamic in figure skating. Figure skaters have multiple options when
choosing traveling figure skating spins for their programs.
pivots are performed when the skater places one of the toe picks in the ice and
makes circles around it with the other skate’s blade. During the pivot the
figure skater makes several revolutions, closely resembling a figure skating
spin. A pivot may provide for an excellent ending sequence during a figure
spins are exhilarating to perform and exciting to watch, but figure skating
spins are inherently dangerous. Therefore, time and effort should be applied to
learning the proper techniques and potential risks associated with figure
skating spins. Finally, we encourage everyone to seek professional instruction,
and wear proper
skate protective gear (as
appropriate) when learning how to perform figure skating spins.