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Flying Sit Spin: The Tuck – Part 2 (Robert Tebby)

World and Olympic coach Robert Tebby continues teaching a class the flying sit spin.  In Part 1 he focused entirely on “the fly” or the jump.  In this part he talks mostly about the tuck and the rest of the spin.  He begins by noting that a flying sit spin does not spin much in the air.  He says, “We’re not trying to spin in the air.  We’re just going from forward to backward.”

To learn the tuck, Robert offers a clever drill that can be done just standing on the ice.  Notice the focus on keeping the arms still and the body and head upright and still as this provides stability for the flying part.  Robert notes that the purpose of the tuck is to give the illusion of jumping higher.  By focusing on the tuck placement under the straightened leg, a strong and quick tuck can be achieved.

Next Robert describes the landing.  He says, “When we land, our leg should still be slightly open.”  After impact with the ice, the free leg draws toward the skating leg directly into the sit spin.  As the knees draw together, the arms also draw together from 10 and 2.  He says, “We have a suspended tuck in the air and as we land we accelerate down into the sit spin.”

Because the jump is the most important part of this, Robert focuses on ways to prevent the entrance from getting “too curvy.”  He offers a number of entrance options and suggestions for using each.  He also covers the common problems of spinning too much in the air, dropping the body rather than keeping the body up, and simply not jumping enough.  Robert also offers another drill at the door to practice the tuck (along with some important safety information).  But he ends the video by emphasizing that “the fly” is the most important part (“The cool part’s the jump.”), and he acknowledges that training this element may result in a few falls.


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