Thanks for the vid! I'd never actually seen figures done in realtime. The speed at which they skate actually surprised me. Although, I think being proficient at figures makes you more balanced over the blades and more efficient with speed a la Katia and Carolina, not necessarily a power stroker and deep leaner like Patrick Chan. I think that leaning a lot in figures might be detrimental. I've heard that blades for figures are sharpened much flatter than for freestyle, is that true? Though the speed they do have looks more effortless, for sure. WOW the second vid is so cool! I want to learn how to skate like that. The lean and speed look like fun! I went skating for the first time in a LONG time (so I'm already rusty) and paid particular attention to my body positions and blade balance while stroking. Already I was starting to nitpick why holding a forward outside on my right foot was more comfortable than the left. I can see how one can get really detailed with it.