Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Taking Our Sport Back: Compulsory Figures Part I

In 1971 Trixie Schuba, possibly one of the best skaters of compulsory figures in history of the sport, beat Janet Lynn, the pixieish spectacular star of freeskating, faced off at Worlds. Trixie won because of her superior skills in the compulsory figures which heavily weighted the scores. But Janet Lynn was the far more popular skater....

By 1990 compulsory figures were dead...and gone. The ISU saw ending figures as freeing the free skaters to greater expression---and to be more appealing to TV. At the end of this video you'll see some US skaters were very bitter about it..

Then after the last compulsory figure was skated in the 1990 Worlds....

The century of compulsory figures in competition came to an end.

Friday, May 18, 2018

I'm so Embarrassed--off Ice

A Video of Sarah Kawahara explaining the Triple Axel scene in I, Tonya

Then I read the posts on this in Facebook, and it turns  out Margot Robbie was in Jackson Freestyles that were inappropriate for the period, one of the doubles was in Edeas, and someone griped that Harlick's would have been more 'period appropriate'.

And I thought I knew my boots---
I'm so ashamed

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Free or Semi-Free Videos for Stretching

These are a few videos either on YouTube or Amazon Video Prime that I like. They're not very demanding, but they are useful when you have an injury or want to stretch for a half hour before or  after skating.


JessicaSmithTV--- the dog's name is 'Peanut'

From Amazon Prime Video

Flexibility Yoga, Hips, Splits & Hamstrings - Krystin Scott 2017

This is a three part series.