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Karen Heng Olson

Karen Heng Olson is a PSA Master Rated coach in Moves in the Field and Freestyle and she has a Level II PSA Ranking (Jr. Nationals and Sectional Coach).  She’s been coaching since 1995 and she currently coaches at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware in Physical Education with a concentration on Figure Skating and a Minor in Psychology.  She also has her ISI Gold Judges Certification and has coached skaters through ISI FS 9 and USFS Senior tests.  Karen specializes in moves in the field and freestyle.  She has been a presenter at both ISI and PSA seminars.

 

Most recent videos at the top…

IJS Footwork Tips – Part 3 (Karen Olson)
Coach Karen Olson continues a series of videos talking about how to approach IJS footwork sequences (choreographed sequences or step sequences) in order to prepare skaters for higher levels and to maximize points in competition. See Part 1 here and … Continue reading
IJS Footwork Tips – Part 2 (Karen Olson)
Coach Karen Olson continues a series of videos talking about how to approach IJS footwork sequences (choreographed sequences or step sequences) in order to prepare skaters for higher levels and to maximize points in competition. See Part 1 here. NOTE: … Continue reading
IJS Footwork Tips – Part 1 (Karen Olson)
Coach Karen Olson begins a series of videos talking about how to approach IJS footwork sequences (choreographed sequences or step sequences) in order to prepare skaters for higher levels and to maximize points in competition. NOTE: The rules of the … Continue reading
Double Toe Loop Development – Part 3 (Karen Olson)
Coach Karen Olson gives a double toe loop lesson to a skater, with the emphasis on developing good combination jumps. In Part 1, Karen shared two valuable toe loop exercises, and in Part 2 she offered additional insights and exercises. … Continue reading
Double Toe Loop Development – Part 2 (Karen Olson)
Coach Karen Olson gives a double toe loop lesson to a skater, with the emphasis on developing good combination jumps. In Part 1, Karen shared two valuable toe loop exercises. In this video, Karen offers additional insights and exercises. A … Continue reading
Double Toe Loop Development – Part 1 (Karen Olson)
Coach Karen Olson gives a double toe loop lesson to a skater, with the emphasis on developing good combination jumps. In the first part of this lesson, Karen shares two valuable toe loop exercises. The first exercise is similar to … Continue reading
USFS Junior Straight Line Step Sequence (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field and skating skills expert Karen Olson discusses and demonstrates specific details of the Straight Line Step Sequence from the USFS Junior Moves in the Field test. Karen walks through much of the pattern and discusses what … Continue reading
USFS Junior Rocker Patterns (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field and skating skills expert Karen Olson begins a discussion of rockers, and especially how she teaches rockers leading up to and including the USFS Junior Rocker moves in the field tests (Forward and Backward Outside Rockers, … Continue reading
Choctaw Development – USFS Junior Choctaw Sequence Part 3 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field and skating skills expert Karen Olson continues her presentation on choctaws and in particular, the Junior USFS Moves in the Field Choctaw Sequence. Some of the information in this video is independent of the moves pattern … Continue reading
Choctaw Development – USFS Junior Choctaw Sequence Part 2 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field and skating skills expert Karen Olson continues her presentation on choctaws and in particular, the Junior USFS Moves in the Field Choctaw Sequence. The information in this video is independent of the moves pattern and is … Continue reading
Choctaw Development – USFS Junior Choctaw Sequence Part 1 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field and skating skills expert Karen Olson begins a presentation on choctaws and in particular, the Junior USFS Moves in the Field Choctaw Sequence. As we’ve come to expect from Karen, she begins by breaking down more … Continue reading
Backward Rocker Choctaw Sequence: Novice Moves (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field and skating skills expert Karen Olson offers insights and tips for the Backward Rocker Choctaw Sequence pattern from the USFS Novice Moves in the Field test. She begins acknowledging that many skaters struggle on this move … Continue reading
Blade Usage and Drills for Turns (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field and skating skills expert Karen Olson talks at length about blade usage in turns, and she demonstrates drills to help skaters master the necessary rocking on the blade. Few skaters have complete mastery of their blades, … Continue reading
Backward Outside Three Turns (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field and skating skills expert Karen Olson discusses the backward outside three turn. This is a continuation of Karen’s series of videos focused on issues faced by adult skaters, but the information in this video is applicable … Continue reading
Backward Inside Three Turns, Especially for Adults – Part 2 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field and skating skills expert Karen Olson continues her explanation of some important details about learning the backward inside three turn, with special emphasis on the challenges faced by adult skaters with this skill. As Karen notes, … Continue reading
Backward Inside Three Turns, Especially for Adults – Part 1 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field and skating skills expert Karen Olson explains important details about learning the backward inside three turn, with special emphasis on the challenges faced by adult skaters with this skill. As Karen notes, this is a challenging … Continue reading
Using Moves in the Field to Improve Free Skating (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson explains how some aspects of Moves in the Field can be used to address issues when teaching free skating, including jumping.  She begins by saying, “I like to take some of… Continue reading
Backward Loop Pattern – USFS Junior Moves (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson offers tips, advice, and exercises to help skaters and coaches master the Backward Loop Pattern from the USFS Junior Moves in the Field test.  At the beginning of the video, Karen… Continue reading
Serpentine Step Sequence – USFS Senior Moves Pt 5 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson continues a discussion of the Serpentine Step Sequence from the USFS Senior Moves in the Field test.  Make sure to watch Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and… Continue reading
Serpentine Step Sequence – USFS Senior Moves Pt 4 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson continues a discussion of the Serpentine Step Sequence from the USFS Senior Moves in the Field test.  Make sure to watch Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 before… Continue reading
Serpentine Step Sequence – USFS Senior Moves Pt 3 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson continues a discussion of the Serpentine Step Sequence from the USFS Senior Moves in the Field test.  To see Part 1 of this presentation, click here, and to see… Continue reading
Serpentine Step Sequence – USFS Senior Moves Pt 2 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson continues a discussion of the Serpentine Step Sequence from the USFS Senior Moves in the Field test.  To see Part 1 of this presentation, click here.  In this video,… Continue reading
Serpentine Step Sequence – USFS Senior Moves Pt 1 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson begins a discussion of the Serpentine Step Sequence from the USFS Senior Moves in the Field test.  As with all complex moves, Karen breaks down the move into its component skills.… Continue reading
Sustained Edge Step – USFS Senior Moves Pt. 2 (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson continues her discussion and demonstration of how she teaches the Sustained Edge Step pattern of the USFS Senior Moves test.  In the first part of this discussion, she broke the move down… Continue reading
Sustained Edge Step – USFS Senior Moves in the Field (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson explains how she teaches the Sustained Edge Step pattern of the USFS Senior Moves test.  Much of this discussion is specifically about the pattern, but even those not teaching or skating this… Continue reading
Double Three-Turn to Double Rocker – Follow Up (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson continues her explanation of how she teaches the Power Double Three-Turns to Power Double Rocker patterns of the USFS Senior Moves test.  You can see Part 1 of this discussion here. … Continue reading
Double Three-Turn to Double Rocker – USFS Senior Moves (Karen Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Olson explains how she teaches the Power Double Three-Turns to Power Double Rocker patterns of the USFS Senior Moves test.  Much of this discussion is specifically about these patterns, but even those not… Continue reading
Forward Crossover Circles – Juvenile Moves In The Field (Karen Olson)
Karen Olson explains how she teaches the forward crossover circle pattern of the USFS Juvenile Moves test.  Much of this discussion is specifically about the pattern, but a great deal of this discussion applies to all skaters doing power… Continue reading
Forward Outside Mohawk – 8 Step Pattern MIF (Karen Olson)
In this figure skating video, Karen Olson discusses the forward outside mohawk, particularly as it applies to the 8-Step Pattern of the USFS Junvenile Moves pattern.  The forward outside mohawk is a difficult skill at this level, primarily because… Continue reading
More Choctaw Drills and Exercises – Part 2 (Karen Olson)
This is the second video about choctaws with Karen Olson.  In the first choctaw video Karen shared some drills including a powerful back outside pivot drill.  In this video Karen provides additional exercises for skaters learning choctaws and… Continue reading
More Choctaw Drills and Exercises – Part 1 (Karen Olson)
This figure skating video is the first of two on teaching choctaws.  Karen Olson shares a number of helpful exercises for teaching choctaws required for the USFS Junior Moves in the Field test.  Compare this presentation to that… Continue reading
Figure Skating Moves – Backward Cross Strokes (Karen Olson)
Moves in the Field expert Karen Olson discusses backward cross strokes as required on the USFS Juvenile Moves in the Field test.  Karen starts the skater at a standstill and slowly builds the feeling of the turned out hips… Continue reading
Figure Skating Moves – Forward Cross Strokes (Karen Olson)
Moves in the Field expert Karen Olson discusses forward cross strokes as required on the USFS Juvenile Moves in the Field test.  To begin the discussion, Karen touches on an aspect of cross strokes that is somewhat controversial. … Continue reading
Figure Skating Power Pulls – More Details (Karen Olson)
Karen Olson continues her discussion of power pulls.  In two recent videos she covered forward power pulls and backward power pulls as independent elements and as they relate to the US Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field… Continue reading
Figure Skating Skills – Backward Power Pulls (Karen Olson)
Karen Olson explains and demonstrates how she teaches backward power pulls for skaters just learning power pulls and those working to pass the US Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field test.  This is a continuation of a recent… Continue reading
Figure Skating Power Pulls – USFS Pre-Juvenile Moves (Karen Olson)
Karen Olson explains and demonstrates how she teaches forward power pulls for skaters just learning power pulls and those working to pass the US Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field test.  Karen did a previous video on power… Continue reading
Figure Skating Moves In The Field – Forward Inside Loops (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson teaches forward inside loops.  See Karen’s presentation on forward outside loopsbefore watching this video.  As with the forward outside loops, the shoulders start twisted into the circle.  Karen emphasized the need to… Continue reading
Figure Skating Moves In The Field – Forward Outside Loops (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson teaches forward outside loops.  As Karen notes in her introductory comments in this video, “as freestyle coaches, without taking as much time as they did for figures, it’s still a process to teach loops. … Continue reading
Forward Three Turn Pattern – Preliminary Moves (Karen Olson)
Karen Olson teaches the forward outside three turns and the forward inside three turns from the US Figure Skating Preliminary Moves in the Field test.  At the beginning of this video, Karen shares an insight that is important for… Continue reading
Figure Skating Backward Cross Strokes (Karen Olson)
Karen Olson explains and demonstrates how she teaches backward cross strokes.  This video is a continuation of her video on forward cross strokes.  Backward cross strokes are an important skating skill but they’re often performed incorrectly, especially at… Continue reading
Figure Skating Forward Cross Strokes (Karen Olson)
Karen Olson explains and demonstrates how she teaches forward cross strokes.  This is an important skating skill, and it first appears in the US Figure Skating Juvenile Moves in the Field Test.  Karen starts these with an exercise… Continue reading
Karen Heng Olson – Backward Outside Loops
Karen Heng Olson teaches backward outside loops.  When beginning loops with a skater, Karen like to focus initially on the upper body movement.  She shows the skater what she wants and holds the skaters arms.  (Coaches,… Continue reading
US FS Moves In The Field: Backward Inside Loops – (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson teaches backward inside loops.  At the beginning of the video, Karen references the back outside loops, but she generally teaches the back inside loops first because they are easier to learn for most skaters. … Continue reading
Figure Skating Edges: Backward Circle Eights Pattern – Pre-Juvenile Moves (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains the Backward Circle Eights pattern for the U.S. Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field test. Karen demonstrates the moves and talks about it as she demonstrates it.  Notice the technique used and strength… Continue reading
Figure Skating Figures: Figure Eight Pattern – Preliminary Moves (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson discusses the Figure Eight pattern for the U.S. Figure Skating Preliminary Moves in the Field test.  When starting this move, Karen reviews the Pre-Pre moves edges patterns.  She also draws the circles for the… Continue reading
USFS Novice Moves In The Field Twizzles – Part 4: Twizzle Pattern (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson discusses the full Backward Twizzle pattern from the US Figure Skating Novice Moves in the Field Test.  Karen initially teaches it on the line, even though the pattern is skated on the long axis.  Karen… Continue reading
USFS Novice Moves In The Field – Part 3: Backward Inside Twizzles (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she introduces and refines back inside twizzles.  Karen teaches it much like a flip jump take-off.  She uses same arm in front (same arm as skating foot). Karen notes that she uses twizzles… Continue reading
USFS Novice Moves In The Field – Part 2: Backward Outside Twizzles (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson builds on her discussion of backward outside twizzles by offering a valuable exercise to work on properly building rotational energy and timing.  In this short video, Karen explains how to apply the circular power three turn… Continue reading
USFS Novice Moves In The Field – Part 1: Backward Outside Twizzles (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches backward outside twizzles from the beginning.  In fact, in this video Karen works with a skater that has never done these twizzles before. Karen starts with back pushes with the free foot… Continue reading
USFS Intermediate Moves In The Field: Forward Inside Twizzles (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson covers the Forward Inside Twizzles from the USFS Intermediate Moves in the Field Test.  (The forward outside twizzle video that Karen references is no longer published on the website.) Karen starts with the Preliminary inside three… Continue reading
USFS Intermediate Moves In The Field: Forward Outside Twizzle – More Tips (Karen Heng Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Heng Olson continues her presentation on the USFS Intermediate Moves in the Field pattern. In the first video of the series, Karen introduced some basics. In the second video, she started to build the … Continue reading
Great Drill for Making Twizzles Faster (Karen Heng Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Heng Olson continues her presentation on the USFS Intermediate Moves in the Field pattern. In the first video of the series, Karen introduced some basics. In the second video, she started to build the … Continue reading
USFS Intermediate Moves In The Field: Starting Forward Outside Twizzle Pattern (Karen Heng Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Heng Olson continues her presentation on the Forward Outside Twizzles for the USFS Intermediate Moves in the Field pattern. In the first video of the series, Karen introduced some basics. In this video, she … Continue reading
USFS Intermediate Moves In The Field: Intro to Twizzles (Karen Heng Olson)
Moves in the field expert Karen Heng Olson explains how she begins working on twizzles with skaters. Karen recommends that skaters start learning twizzles very early on in the skater’s development, well before the Intermediate Move in the Field Test. … Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: OLD Bracket-Three-Bracket – Novice (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the Bracket-Three-Bracket Pattern from the Novice USFS Moves in the Field Test. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: Back Power Threes – Juvenile (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the Backward Power Three Turns from the Juvenile USFS Moves in the Field Test. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: 8 Step Mohawk Seq – Juvenile (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the 8-Step Mohawk Sequence from the Juvenile USFS Moves in the Field Test. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: Power Pulls – Pre Juvenile (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the Power Pulls from the Pre-Juvenile USFS Moves in the Field Test. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: Forward Power Three Turns – Preliminary (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the Forward Power Three Turns for the Preliminary USFS Moves in the Field Test. Continue reading
Skating Basics: Backward Inside Edges (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the back inside edges for the Pre-Pre USFS Moves in the Field Test. Notice that Karen goes back to the beginning and teaches backward stroking again, even if the skater already knows it ("Make a C, lift the foot in front"). The "C push" is a critical foundation skill for this pattern. Continue reading
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