Fixing a Flying Sit Spin Take-Off and Tuck (Bobbe Shire)

Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire shares insights about how to fix a flying sit spin that spins too much at take-off so the skater cannot get proper lift. It is very common for skaters to either create too much rotation on the entrance edge or too little. In this case, the skater is creating such a strong hook that she cannot control the rotation enough to properly vault into the air.

To address this problem, Bobbe explains how to flatten or make the preparation edge much more shallow, and then step “on” the circle rather than back into the circle for the entrance edge itself. She explains how she handles the arms to help make this easier for the skater. She also talks about how the path of the free leg can hinder good spring into the air, particularly if it goes way around.

Bobbe uses the boards and the doorway to the hockey box to work on the take-off position and skating foot tuck. Although this skater is too tall to use this method effectively, notice that the free foot should be off to the side as the skater lifts into the air. A common misconception is that a flying sit spin has the free leg fully in front in the sit position on the take-off and in the air. In general it is not, as the free leg must be open to slow the rotation to get a good push up into the air and control the air position before landing and closing the free leg to the skating knee (for spin speed). A flying sit does not generally rotate very fast while in the air.


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