I'd like to see a time limit, like the rule for ice dance lifts, to encourage faster footwork.
Or should we just accept it as a fait accompli that straight-line and serpentine are now the same thing and set a time limit that will allow a full serpentine without a lot of extra subloops?
Well, from the ladies, my favorite is probably Carolina Kostner's from this past LP :
Carolina's Afternoon of a faun (right after the fabulous spiral sequence)
Stephane Lambiel and Patrick Chan are my favorite male skaters when it comes to step sequences.
"If I agree well it's just to appease you 'cause I don't remember what were fighting for..." - Sarah McLachlan
I agree with anyone who mentioned the step sequences of Takahashi, Abbott, Chan, Kim, and Suzuki. They're all sublime.
One I've always loved that hasn't been mentioned yet is Sasha Cohen's Dark Eyes. I know her footwork doesn't have good edges, but I thought the steps worked well in this program. She used the music perfectly and the footwork really built up the performance.
I also loved Joannie Rochette's La Cumparsita footwork. It seemed more elegant than a lot of the overly busy footwork.
The pattern of a basic serpentine step sequence covers a lot more ice than the pattern of a basic straight-line step sequence.
So if you set a low maximum time, let's say 15 seconds, and charge a penalty for exceeding the limit, then only the very fastest skaters in the world will be able to earn at least level 2 and avoid the penalty on straight-line sequences, and not even they will be able to do so with serpentine sequences -- most skaters won't even be able to complete a level 1 serpentine sequence within that amount of time.
If you set a higher maximum time, let's say 25 or 30 seconds, to allow an average junior skater to complete a serpentine sequence, then faster skaters could choose to do straightline sequences and use the time to weave curves around the straight-line axis without violating the time limit, so you'd still have to watch straight-line sequences that don't go in pure straight lines from the skaters most likely to be televised.
Last edited by giselle23; 09-25-2011 at 08:24 PM.
The reason why straight line step sequences go on forever is because skaters go back and back and back and back again, in order to make sure they perform all the required steps.
Serpentine sequences don't need be made any longer. The pattern itself is long enough.
So if you set the limit for a serpentine, it would allow the skaters doing the straightline to extend it a bit, but not as much as some of the skaters (Leonova's SP ) are doing nowaday.
If it makes any sense.