Flying Sit Spin: The Fly – Part 1 (Robert Tebby)

World and Olympic coach Robert Tebby teaches a class the first part of a flying sit spin.  He begins by explaining that the element happens just the like the name implies.  He says, “You have to fly first, you have to sit second, and you have to spin third.”  To teach the fly, Robert wants the free leg to come around “nice and high” and he wants the skaters to “jump over the line.”  He explains the arms and he’s looking for a forward take-off and a backward landing on the same foot.  He wants the leg to come through to 2 o’clock and the arms to be at 10 and 2 o’clock.  The head should be level.

On the jump, the free leg is already high and it maintains that relative height with respect to the hips as the body climbs into the air.  If the free leg does not get to 2 o’clock and stays back, it tends not to spin, and if the free leg goes past 2 o’clock to a more closed position, the flying part of the spin rotates too fast to control.


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