For some skaters it's a three turn or a swing roll or a choctaw. Every time I work with a new coach they want to fix my crossovers.
|When coaches see my crossovers|
Anyway, I stepped off the ice on the first day at Lake Placid, in the first hour and there was this neat, dark haired woman about my age, standing in the hockey box. "Natalia Dubova!" I squealed like total fan girl. "I have your videos. I'm working my way through them!"
Naturally, I signed up for her group skating classes. Her approach to skating is what I would call 'studied'. Careful and deliberate practice, building on a strong basics. There's a lot of crossover work in her group classes. It almost seems to be a foundational skill from which she builds all the other skills.
She looked at us crossovering in a big circle and passed tips on to each one. Some were particularly critical. Then she looked at me and said:
Okay, TAKE THAT! every other coach I've ever skated with who tried to 'fix' my crossovers! TAKE THAT!
Natalia Dubova said my crossovers were "Very nice."
(Okay, 'Very good,' would have been better, but I'M HAPPY WITH "VERY NICE"!)
Of course a couple of hours later another coach saw my crossovers and tried to 'fix' them. I just can't win.....