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01-06-2012, 06:55 AM
I've linked to the spiral parts of the videos. these are a few of michelle's that I like..I can't possibly remember them all off the top of my head

I've never seen Kwan in a bodysuit before: she looked great! I wish she'd worn it more often, although most of her dresses were lovely too.

01-06-2012, 02:43 PM

01-06-2012, 03:31 PM
Its unfortunate that Michelle's career kinda fizzled in the end (due to injury). But the great thing about her not having to go through COP for very long is that she never had to adjust her COE to meet Level 4 Requirements. I love Yuna Kim, but her COE spiral which was required in all competitions until recently were alway ugly (although she made improvements). I would've hated Michelle to have had to do a catch-foot/ biellman position in that COE, it would be like when Angela N. altered her gorgeous layback to be level 4. Why mess with perfection? Another change-of-edge spiral which always got an applause from the crowds and I never knew why it never caught on was Shizuka A's Y-position catch foot where she would let go.. Really nice.

01-06-2012, 03:33 PM
Bobek because she set the modern standard.
Second place: Kwan
Third: Cohen, for variety of positions.

01-06-2012, 03:44 PM
i love how you put the links at where the referenced element is shown. i've noticed other posters do that too. how do you do that?

it's a simple code
you take the link of a youtube video, and then you add this at the end:
then you plug in numbers where x and y are (x for minutes, y for seconds)

Another (slightly easier) way is to go to the YT video and find the time you want to mark (I usually go a second or two ahead). Pause the video and right-click the video marker. It'll give you the option to "copy video URL at current time" or something like that; I think it's the 2nd option. Then just copy and paste the link! ;)

01-06-2012, 04:12 PM
Michelle's spirals were awesome in so many ways ... it was really her trademark move! Thanks to iarispiralllyof who posted all those vids above!

I also love the positioning and execution of Carolina's spiral in last year's program. It really gave me goosbumps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=vNJ-nUBUf2c#t=207s

01-06-2012, 04:28 PM
Mao Asada spiral are gourges, not only because of her great flexibility but her potioning and balance in unbelievable... she actually has the only spiral of the current ladies I always look forward to see, I really loved it when she attempted three different kind of spiral, cause they always looked beautiful and effortlessly done!


Frau Muller
01-06-2012, 04:29 PM
Bobek had the most breathtaking positions, with deep lean. Cohen hiked her leg higher but she was always rather slow, with relatively-small ice coverage (which I could notice when I saw her 'live' in an arena...not so on TV). I also remember when Cohen nearly hit the board in front of the judges, as she tried to control a shakey change-of-edge-spiral at Moscow Worlds.

Among current skaters, Mao Asada's spirals impress me the most - position, lean, relative speed. Breathtaking! Lipnitskaya's spirals remind me of Cohen's - high leg-hike but super slow, with poor ice coverage.

01-06-2012, 04:44 PM
Jenni Vähämaa had an incredible spiral sequence. Her flexibility was superb, her speed and edges were good as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ndPUYPi6B4&feature=related at 2:21.

01-06-2012, 04:46 PM
Nancy Kerrigan (http://youtu.be/KjtwgN_DwjU?t=1m50s)
Michelle Kwan (http://youtu.be/OHfgjszz_Tk?t=2m12s)
Carolina Kostner (http://youtu.be/497d5stpQS0?t=1m25s) (Mao Asada (http://youtu.be/UjdU2BB4urw?t=1m22s) also for the line)

Those are my favorites because of the deep edge and control.

01-06-2012, 04:47 PM
I like how Michelle exits her Charlotte spiral here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrFlbL0riDE (starting at 3:51)

And the best spirals within one single performance, and funnily enough, without her trademark COE spiral: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BowYHwD9Ano (absolutely love the back outside to forward inside spiral at 2:02 and the forward outside spiral that she does in a full circle at 3:11.

01-06-2012, 04:51 PM
Not the greatest position by today's standards, but iconic at the time, inspiring much of the development that followed, and used to good choreographic effect here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymCT0pT6WBQ&t=4m08s)

Nothing special in the positions, but creative approach to the required element (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQZglgKf3KM&t=1m34s)

Phenomenal ice coverage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG1VhaDnUhQ&t=2m30s)

01-06-2012, 05:13 PM
i love how you put the links at where the referenced element is shown. i've noticed other posters do that too. how do you do that?
Or just "share" then "options" then "start at ..."

01-06-2012, 06:14 PM
I personally really liked Shizuka Arakawa's spiral at the 2006 Olympics. The pattern she made with her spirals were absolutely gigantic.

01-06-2012, 06:25 PM
Bobek because she set the modern standard.

Although Katherine Healy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-7dmGHb1o-4#t=125s) was performing fully extended spirals when Bobek was still in diapers. ;)