USFS Novice Moves In The Field Twizzles – Part 4: Twizzle Pattern (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson discusses the full Backward Twizzle pattern from the US Figure Skating Novice Moves in the Field Test.  Karen initially teaches it on the line, even though the pattern is skated on the long axis.  Karen demonstrates the pattern and offers details to focus on.

Karen notes it is important to finish the edges when returning to the axis and start the lobes on the correct edge.  Karen also discusses arm position and movement that she believes is the most straightforward and easy for the skater while still maintaining full control.

One of the keys to the move is to allow the rotation of the back outside twizzle to continue right into the entrance to the next three turn.  Karen says, “There’s the pause where the legs and arms come out to stop the rotation on the twizzle, but then you keep rotating to do the three turn.”

Karen explains that the hardest part of the pattern with the backward inside twizzles is the step forward after the twizzle.  She notes that there is some confusion or controversy regarding what the rule book says and what the official demonstration video shows (and what judges are passing!).  She notes that the pattern as written in the rule book is “really challenging.”  She reviews how the skater needs to stop the rotation of the twizzle with their head in order to do the pattern as written.  She also offers a nice drill to help skaters understand the feeling of stepping on a forward inside edge after the twizzle.

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3 Responses to “USFS Novice Moves In The Field Twizzles – Part 4: Twizzle Pattern (Karen Heng Olson)”
  1. July 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    debbie Thank you for the drill for the step forward on the inside edge after the Inside back Twizzle. You are right about the video & very confusing for coaches. I feel the video should show the exact steps as in the rule book not what is easiest- but wrong.

  2. July 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    dorothy excellent teaching,thank you!

  3. February 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Nancy Thank you SO much Karen! I don't know how I missed this video. All the info is so helpful!

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