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01-06-2012, 07:17 AM
Since there's already a thread about spirals in ladies' skating, I thought I'd start one devoted to spirals in men's skating. (Perhaps someone will do one for pairs skating. Any volunteers?)

Jeffrey Buttle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=e-Ofgs_DPjQ#t=168s) had arabesques in two different parts of this program.

Matthew Savoie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=RBitkND3VlE#t=205s) had three different spirals in this program. For me, his fan spiral is one of his trademark moves.

Paul Wylie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8nLhA7CVIok#t=44s) opened his Henry V program with some beautiful arabesques.

Mark Mitchell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5excMbjLGck#t=170s) didn't get his free leg as high as some of the others in this list, but he did several in the slow sequence of this Free Skate, including one as his entrance into a triple lutz.

Evan Lysacek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=tqyX7X_Nhvc#t=203s) did an arabesque into a 3F+2T+2R combo and then a cross-grab "Y" spiral into a 3Z. :respec:

Johnny Weir (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=PL9693BAA435818EB5&v=c8weRNM2ENo#t=292s) did a spiral sequence in this early version of his Dr. Zhivago program. Oh, how I wish he'd done it at a major competition.

Here's Rohene Ward (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA27GFWr-3k) doing some amazing spiral variations and some other crazy moves. :wideeyes:

And last, but hardly least, here's Gumby, aka Shawn Sawyer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=sSoTrye1gFw#t=150s) :swoon:

Glacier cat
01-06-2012, 09:27 AM
Thank you Vagabond! I like spirals even in men's skating. I know only Plushy's Bielman spiral and Arabesque spiral. :)

01-06-2012, 09:40 AM
Among many other things, Kurt Browning's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SxtqOEi6og&t=1m48s) Casablanca FS featured an arabesque into a 3F.

01-06-2012, 10:38 AM
Todd Eldredge (http://youtu.be/Konu6yYiTxU?t=4m20s) did a spiral in his Gettysburg FS.

01-06-2012, 12:41 PM
I could probably post most of Plushenko's early programs, he often did a spiral in the long program. (Sorry, I don't know how to do that nifty trick where it jumps you straight to the point!)

Dark Eyes - 1999-2000 LP (3:02-3:08) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aGZXEs4dIE)

Once Upon a Time in America - 2000-2001 LP (3:45-3:52) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywkMDHkeOZs)

In 2002-2003 he went one step further and did a spiral sequence, although I always thought he needed more speed into the arabesque:

St Petersburg 300 - 2002-2003 LP (3:47-4:02) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVplv_v4B4M)

And the original version of Nijinsky had both arabesque into double axel and Biellmann.

Tribute to Vaslav Nijinsky (Artur Dimitriev Show, 2003) (3:08-3:12) (3:45-3:47) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_M569vny-M) I would give a lot to see this version live. And taken to competition.

Ilia Kulik also liked his spirals. (And also had the best Ina Bauer.)

Aladdin - 1995-1996 LP (3:47-3:53) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8V1eJQLEJ4)

01-06-2012, 12:51 PM
Alexei Yagudin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4Qtl44YyBEc#t=203s) in his Broken Arrow program.

01-06-2012, 01:29 PM
Alex Johnson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi8bggLvOXc) has beautiful spirals but I can't find a vid of an extended one.

Another. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF6Cm-M2gb8)

01-06-2012, 01:44 PM
Robin Cousin's skid spiral (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3MmoG0XMPU&feature=player_detailpage#t=123s). I take Robin's spiral over any of today's hyper-extended ones.

Mark Mitchell's. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk14LeE37wo&feature=player_detailpage#t=152s)

01-06-2012, 01:45 PM
I DIG guyrals. Usually because they're only done by guys who have really nice spirals, not because it's a required element.

01-06-2012, 04:10 PM

I totally forgot about the voidy Ilia Klimkin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Q9imgmNJB24#t=270s)!

01-06-2012, 04:36 PM
ca. 2000-2003 men were required to do a "field moves" sequence in their long programs; many of them included spirals

Vakhtang Murvanidze of Georgia comes to mind as a guy who was practically doing spiral sequence instead of step sequence about the time that rule first came in; I can't find a video of his competitive programs with spirals online, but meanwhile here's a photo (http://closeyoureyes.koiwazurai.com/02bofrost/02bofmenfs.html)

And I have to mention this spiral into spin sequence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owj4GsNMiKs&t=2m08s) for its difficulty

01-06-2012, 05:18 PM

I totally forgot about the voidy Ilia Klimkin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Q9imgmNJB24#t=270s)!
Not the most beautiful one, though ! lol

Among many other things, Kurt Browning's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SxtqOEi6og&t=1m48s) Casablanca FS featured an arabesque into a 3F.
One of the first to my mind. Also, he had a beautiful spiral at the end of his Kristi Yamaguchi tribute in 2002 to "Moon river", but I can't find a video on the internet.

And I have to mention this spiral into spin sequence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owj4GsNMiKs&t=2m08s) for its difficulty
Yes ! I remember it, one of my favorite move !

01-06-2012, 06:01 PM
There can't be a thread on mens spirals without mention of John Curry!

1974 Europeans - Raymonda (he finishes on a spiral)

1988 - Atilla

1988 - Rosenkavalier

It's worth watching all three performances not just for the spirals but for John's utter mastery of all MITF. The quality of his work in this area is still to be surpassed in the mens field IMO.

01-06-2012, 07:35 PM
floskate, all links above, are the same.
eta, I love the "Raymonda" EX.

01-06-2012, 07:36 PM
Robin Cousins had really good spirals. Looks like Orbitz has already posted a link.

Rudy Galindo had nice spirals too.

Someone has already mentioned Ilia Kulik's spiral in his 'Aladdin' LP.