www.whyville.net Oct 24, 2002 Weekly Issue

Figure Skating

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Figure Skating

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I always get asked, how do you do that, and here's my answer. I just do. I learned from my mistakes, and now look at it, I'm good. Yeah, I'm good because I have been skating for at least ten years of my life. In fact, the first time I put on skates, I was two. LoLz, BabyPowdr here, lolz.

Okay, this may seem like bragging, but don't take it as bragging. I just want you to know that I do, in fact, know what I am talking about. I am a former skater of the year for all of Ontario, I have skated in at least six different clubs, sometimes more than one at once, and my mum was a coach. I have read the rulebook cover to cover, I am on my Senior Bronze freeskate, and junior Silver dances. I have passed figures 1 and 2, and done the skills 7 through 3. I have never coached CAN Skate, or Skate with US. So there's my background, not counting the countless competitions I've been in, because THAT would be bragging. LoLz.

Okay, so most of us have played the Whyville skater game, and those of us who have, we know the answer. LoLz, you know what, though, there are reasons behind that. How many of you have taken physics? My guess is not many, since we're most of us really young, but this year I am. You know about spinning, right? Everything has a center of balance, including people. So, to do the skater game, you line everything up around the center of balance, and make it so that everything is aerodynamic. There you go!

But that's one of many answers, because you can also do button spins, camel spins, belleman spins, table spins, layback spin, and even back spins. One point I want to make -- the last person who did a report on this said this:

    I actually do ice skate, so I can probably help a bit. The are a lot of different types of spins -- camel, scratch, sit, headless, etc. The hardest basic spin (in my opinion) is a scratch spin. For these spins you actually start the spin on one leg, then try and cross the leg that you're NOT spinning on OVER the leg that you are spinning on.

I think that she is in error, because it seems that what she's describing is not called the scratch spin, after all -- the scratch spin is like the donut spin, you fold backwards and sideways, and hold the nape of you neck. This is just your basic spin. You do three backwards cross cuts, clockwise, and turn out onto your left foot, into the circle. The (at the same time) pull you leg over and your arms in. The faster you do this, the faster the spin, and usually, the longer. The goal is to spin in one spot: you don't want to "travel".

Well, thanks for your time. I hope I have been kinda helpful; to what, I don't know. LoLz.

Lata Dayz,



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