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krenseby
11-01-2010, 08:30 PM
I have a general question about skating technique. I am trying to figure out what skating with deep edges looks like. What skaters programs should I watch as an example?

Indra486
11-01-2010, 08:34 PM
When I first asked that in other forums years ago, many have recommended watching videos of Trixie Schuba's figures.

acraven
11-01-2010, 08:38 PM
Skating on deep edges normally causes the body to lean way off vertical. Watch Patrick Chan or the top ice dancers.

gkelly
11-01-2010, 08:44 PM
Here's an example I posted on another forum a while back:

This is all most obvious in ice dance, especially compulsory dances.


Here's a typical novice-level team doing the Rocker Foxtrot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFaoOEyOAqo

That's about the average edge depth and knee softness that you would expect to see for this dance.

If you search for videos of "Rocker Foxtrot" you'll find examples of a whole range of ability.

Here are the 1992 Junior World champions performing the same dance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rbiMGiD3TQ

Look at the lean over the blades, the size and shape of the curves, how far and how smoothly they bend their knees.
See the difference?

krenseby
11-01-2010, 08:49 PM
Skating on deep edges normally causes the body to lean way off vertical. Watch Patrick Chan or the top ice dancers.

So ice dancers, as a rule, master deep edges, more so than singles skaters? (Do single skaters need to skate with deep edges to win in competition?)

gkelly
11-01-2010, 08:57 PM
So ice dancers, as a rule, master deep edges, more so than singles skaters?

On average, definitely.


(Do single skaters need to skate with deep edges to win in competition?)

It certainly gives them an advantage. Just ask Patrick Chan.

modern_muslimah
11-01-2010, 08:59 PM
Are there any current ladies skaters who are not ice dancers with deep edges? It doesn't seem like ladies skaters are noted for this.

Ziggy
11-01-2010, 09:36 PM
Patrick Chan has best basic skating out of all the Men out there at the moment.

Crone/Poirer really struck me at Skate Canada just now. Their basic skating was always strong.

As for Ladies, Czisny's edges are quite good.

But you're right there don't seem to be much Ladies who are especially renowned for their SS.


So ice dancers, as a rule, master deep edges, more so than singles skaters? (Do single skaters need to skate with deep edges to win in competition?)

Yes, Ice Dancers usually have better basic skating because everything they do depends on it.

As for other disciplines and how it can help them, look at Chan's programs.

Because his SS are so excellent he can build speed very easily, which means very few crossovers and other speed building moves are needed. So no very long entries into the jumps, which you see from most skaters. It allows him to perform transitional moves and still maintain speed.

Sylvia
11-01-2010, 09:45 PM
I remember reading an educational post about edges and depth of edges once (wish I could find it archived online), and one useful point that I hadn't realized before was: the deeper the edge on the ice, the more resistance against the blade (resulting in that lovely "growling" sound!), which actually slows the blade's glide along the ice.

gkelly
11-01-2010, 09:51 PM
Are there any current ladies skaters who are not ice dancers with deep edges? It doesn't seem like ladies skaters are noted for this.

I would say that all the 21st century Olympic medalists except for Cohen were good in this area. Carolina Kostner is also quite good. So that may leave Asada and Kostner as the best currently competing.

Historically, Dorothy Hamill and Yuka Sato were especially known for their edges.

krenseby
11-01-2010, 09:51 PM
As for other disciplines and how it can help them, look at Chan's programs.

Because his SS are so excellent he can build speed very easily, which means very few crossovers and other speed building moves are needed. So no very long entries into the jumps, which you see from most skaters. It allows him to perform transitional moves and still maintain speed.

Are you saying that deep edges mean better ice coverage and speed for skaters?

ks777
11-01-2010, 09:54 PM
I would say that all the 21st century Olympic medalists except for Cohen were good in this area. Carolina Kostner is also quite good. So that may leave Asada and Kostner as the best currently competing.

Historically, Dorothy Hamill and Yuka Sato were especially known for their edges.

I don't think Krisiti Yamaguchi had deep edges..

I thought it was Janet Lynn and Yuka sato who were known for their edges.

gkelly
11-01-2010, 10:03 PM
Are you saying that deep edges mean better ice coverage and speed for skaters?

Ice coverage for sure, because each edge covers more ice. Look at the difference between the two teams doing the same sequence of edges in the Rocker Foxtrot I posted above.

Usually skaters who use deeper edges also have more speed, but the speed is usually a cause of the edge depth (to fit into the limits of the ice surface) more than the effect.


I don't think Krisiti Yamaguchi had deep edges..

I said 21st century. ;)


I thought it was Janet Lynn and Yuka sato who were known for their edges.

Yes, Lynn too.

Ziggy
11-01-2010, 10:04 PM
Are you saying that deep edges mean better ice coverage and speed for skaters?

If they are stable and secure and you know how to control them, they give you more "bounce."

I remember the difference on my crossovers once the coach pointed out that it's actually about using deep edges and not quickly scratching in place. :D


I would say that all the 21st century Olympic medalists except for Cohen were good in this area. Carolina Kostner is also quite good. So that may leave Asada and Kostner as the best currently competing.

Kostner is definitely the outstanding Lady at present.

But I can't agree on Asada. She's ok and has improved in that respect in recent years but her edges are neither outstandingly deep, nor outstandingly smooth.

I would put skaters like Lepisto, Kim and Rochette - at least - above her.

miki88
11-01-2010, 10:12 PM
I don't know if this makes a difference in edges, but I've heard people including other skaters say that Mao's edges are very quiet and you can hardly hear her on the ice. I've also heard this about Gordeeva, whom some have said had great edges.