I-Spin Tips (Sheila Thelen)

Spin specialist Sheila Thelen works with a skater on the upright forward I-spin. In particular, Sheila offers some tips for the foot grab and second arm assist. Also, the discussion about rising up to straighten the skating knee is very important, as is the tip to remain spinning on the proper spot on the blade throughout the grab and extension.

Here is a montage of some pretty impressive I-spins. Look at how these skaters grab the free foot, and see the variety of final positions. Some are clearly “upright forward” spins, while others look a bit more like “upright side” spins. In any case, these spins are worth studying and modeling.

Here is Sheila’s lesson. This is a good little skater who is just starting on this difficult spin variation.


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