Deepening Edges for Skating (Douglas Webster)

Professional choreographer Douglas Webster gives a skater a lesson on the concept of deepening edges. The concept is explained in the context of a three-turn and also in the context of back inside edges (salchow). When performing three turns, most skaters simply glide above the ice and initiate the turn and check the turn with their shoulders. Very few skaters are able to generate power from the entrance and exit edges of the turn. Doug teaches this valuable concept to the skater. If you watch Doug’s demonstrations, you can clearly see power generation near the very end of the entrance edge and almost immediately on the exit edge after the turn.

He continues with the concept of deepening the edge through the use of back inside edges. By pressing on the second half of the edge, the skater can create power and speed. And Doug explains how this relates to a salchow.


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