Misconceptions About Spins (Sheila Thelen)

Figure skating coach Sheila Thelen talks about 2 common misconceptions related to spinning.  A high percentage of skaters are unable to correctly answer the following questions:

  1. Where on the blade do you balance as you spin?
  2. Does a forward scratch spin spin forward or backward on the blade?

Sheila explains the proper location for spinning on the blade and she demonstrates that “all spins spin backwards” (not including advanced spins intended to have a change of edge).  She offers insights into why it’s important for all skaters to know this information.  All skaters should watch this video, and coaches need to remember that skaters may not understand what their coaches are saying without explicitly telling them the fundamental details.


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