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    Fascinating Compulsory Figures Video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...1bZ3jewc#t=62s

    This is unique because you seldom find videos nowadays where the tracings are plainly visible. A great view for anyone with a fascination with school figures. Not only are they extremely beautiful but I luuurve the sounds of the blades.

    Thanks to Karen Courtland Kelly for posting them.

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    Wow.. so smooth and the tracings are perfect in shape.
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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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spikydurian View Post
    Wow.. so smooth and the tracings are perfect in shape.
    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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    Here's Dick Button explaining them while Scott Hamilton demonstrates. Good lighting to show the tracings. And I over the intricate designs of some of the figures they don't do anymore. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU9Hy1upUr0

    ETA part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7yCgMJOObs
    Last edited by Capella; 04-21-2013 at 12:48 AM. Reason: Added link to part 2

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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.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by spikydurian View Post
    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.
    Agreed. I know it won't happen, but I'd rather figures come back and MITF be banished forever.

    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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    I found this awhile back while surfing the web: http://www.sonjahenie.net/fos1.htm

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    Very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N_Halifax View Post
    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.
    I found the paragraph loop segment really relaxing to listen to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giselle23 View Post
    I found this awhile back while surfing the web: http://www.sonjahenie.net/fos1.htm
    Love it!
    "I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"

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