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    lightning fast scratch spins

    scratch spins aren't seen as often under IJS but they used to be (for me) one of the most exciting parts of a skating program, especially if the skater could keep them very centered and fast

    these are some of my favorites. what about you?

    (I had no idea fumie suguri could spin so well)

    fumie suguri 2005 worlds
    http://youtu.be/4qoelYWKzsQ#t=241

    lucinda ruh
    http://youtu.be/M0fvU4wnp34#t=238

    dorothy hamill
    http://youtu.be/l2VuosSk9zU#t=4

    todd eldredge
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSgh4Xt4LU4#t=345

    not that fast but i love the position of a forward scratch spin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dINriD0lucU#t=230

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    Someone did one in SOI in Newark last week... I think it was Jeremy? or was it Jason? Josh? Yeah, it is always a crowd pleaser.

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    For years, Ronnie Ronnie Robertson was considered the gold standard for scratch spins. His went so fast it blurred. (Unfortunately, everything looks blurred on this video.)

    http://youtu.be/WNyTphquuEE?t=49s

    (BTW, anyone who wants to credit Bourne & Kraatz with developing the hydroblade move should keep it playing another 10 seconds or so after the spin.)

    Scott Davis was an especially good spinner and he often finished his programs with a scratch spin. I picked an example from an exhibition skate because it has more rotations that the ones in his competitive programs.

    http://youtu.be/MlCa7_7SY7U?t=2m29s

    Didn't Paul Wylie also use them, at least in his pro programs?

    Makes me kind of wish the ISU would change one of the FS spins to a choreo spin.
    Last edited by Susan M; 04-17-2014 at 04:15 AM.

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    Sasha Cohen's one arm scratch. Not 'lightning fast', but wonderful unique position of the arm and excellent centering. It could've become a signature move for Sasha, but for some reason she stopped doing it after she left TT.
    Last edited by orbitz; 04-17-2014 at 04:26 AM.

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    Dorothy's is making me blush.

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    Thomas Litz - Ice Capades 1965. He does two of them in this short clip.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wukaVW_5ktk

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    For current skaters, Gracie Gold has a very powerful one.

    For variation, I like Maria Butyskaya's with her hands behind so back...so elegant.

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    Yulia Vorobieva Though sometimes it travelled to Azerbaijan and back.
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    Midori Ito wasn't just a great jumper http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyu8G...tailpage#t=246

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    Miki Ando's 2003-2004 SP ended with a very good one.
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    More of the greatness of Ronnie Robertson, compilation:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHJ61W579DY

    Many examples of his amazing spins!

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    Stephane Lambiel at the end of his combo spin in 2007 : http://youtu.be/n5vSl4Aif2I?t=4m39s

    And of course, the fantastic spinner Nicole Hassler (from 2:30): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGiuOd86D9M
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    The legendary Dorothy Pamill had a very strong scratch spin.

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    I immediately thought of Dorothy Hamill, Todd Eldredge & Paul Wylie.

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    Craig Heath just seems to be able to spin forever. He just centers it and spins, changes position and edges with ease. Love his headless spin.

    Alisa Czisney is an amazing spinner.

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    Nobody works on spins anymore. Spins are just mileage. You put in the hours, they speed up. You neglect them, they slow down.

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    I think more people work on spins these days it's just that the INS rewards other things than speed so we see less speed.

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    I wish they would allow for a skater to get a level feature for doing 8+ revolutions, and also for increasing in speed either within an upright spin that isn't a difficult variation, or when going from one position to another. That would give more incentive for skaters to do fast scratch spins, because it could help both the GOE and the level. And most decent skaters are capable of them (many do extremely fast scratch spins, usually back scratch spin, in warm up, and it's even very common for skaters to do nice and fast forward scratch spins on the Pre-Preliminary FS test).

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