Fascinating Compulsory Figures Video

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Dr.Siouxs, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

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  2. spikydurian

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    Wow.. so smooth and the tracings are perfect in shape.
     
  3. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    Thanks for sharing, siouxdonym. That brings back memories of watching the Olympics in the 70's and 80's. It always fascinated me how some of the skaters managed to stay so calm while doing compulsory figures.
     
  4. orientalplane

    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

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    Poor Midori Ito. :(
     
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    An excellent video! The person commentating is enough to drive you though. "Notice the posture... notice the edge... notice the three turn... notice the notice.." haha. Beautiful figures by Karen & really nice to see the tracings so clearly.
     
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  7. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

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    Amazing! Yes, precision is the word. And they not only to 'draw' a perfect design, but to skate over the same line. Really take lots of patience to practise and master these skills. And some of those designs shown on the vid are simply simply gorgeous.:swoon:

    I don't think casual fans realise how important these 'ice tracings' are in the figure skating competitions. Unfortunately, they only see the jumps and spins. Figures is becoming a lost art and skill. I truly now appreciate the beauty of these 'figures' and the amount of time and effort to perfect these skills.
     
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    Agreed. I know it won't happen, but I'd rather figures come back and MITF be banished forever. :p

    The funny thing is: quads and triple axels were happening for the men during the figures era. And at the same time, triple axels, 3-3s and 7 triple programs happened for the ladies as well. And some of the best spinners ever competed during the figures era. So where are we now?
     
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  10. Dr.Siouxs

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    Very cool!
     
  11. falling_dance

    falling_dance Bravo, Patrick.

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    I found the paragraph loop segment really relaxing to listen to. :shuffle:
     
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    I agree the narration would get on my last nerve very quickly. Interesting video and it's nice to see there are instructional materials still out there, although I think I would learn more seeing the figures done on clean ice from scratch rather than just retracing. And skateboy is right - bring back figures for testing! I was very glad to hear in Alex Johnson's recent interview with TSL that Tom Dickson has him doing figures all the time. You can really see the benefits in his skating.
     
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  14. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

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    Agree that MITF should be banned. As someone who did both MITF and figures, figures are better.
     
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