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Your favourite leg wrap

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by essence_of_soy, May 6, 2010.

  1. skatak

    skatak Well-Known Member


    amazing !
    -> the leg wrap is not on all the jumps, the 3T is great
    -> he actually does a small waltz jump before the 3Lp to gain momentum
    -> really fun how he tries to got off his top during all his spins
    -> I had never heard Enya used in a program before
    -> the musical mix is... very wide

    As for leg wrap, it was just amazing how Midori would wrap his first 3T, but did not do it on the second 3T of the 3T-3T combo. With the technique used on the second 3T, the quad should not have been far !

    In France we had some several years ago a female skaters with such a bad leg wrap... she appeared once at Nationals, nobody understood how she got there with only 2Z (if I remember correctly). On each jump I was afraid she would slash her hip with the back of the blade...
    Also if my memory is correct, Leslie Deriviere had a leg wrap, but could land all triples (JPG 2000... ?)
    Last edited: May 7, 2010
  2. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    One of the old skating boards I belonged to had a member called ACCL. When someone asked him/her/it what the initials stood for, she replied, "Amber Corwin's Cheated Lutz". :p But she rocked the tiaras and headbands at least :p.
    And sometimes her choreo was like interpretive dance.
  3. floskate

    floskate Vacant

    Not only that but she was able to manipulate the wrap at will depending on how much rotation she wanted. If she went up super high she let the leg go where it naturally wanted to be, but if she had a wonky take-off or not quite the air she was expecting, she could instantly adjust the crossed leg position to speed up rotation. Her body awareness in the air was truly amazing.

    Midori's wrap was much worse as a child. By the time she was competing internationally in seniors from 1984 onwards they weren't nearly so high....except the loop of course ;) But it never bothered me. It just added to the excitement of her jumps IMO.
  4. pinky166

    pinky166 #teamtrainwreck #teamdiva

    Alissa Czisny. It was always elegant.
  5. Firefly123

    Firefly123 New Member

    Yes, I think ice considers a clear wrap on a jump a negative GOE and you get marked down for it. On roller, a wrap is still considered acceptable (at least in the sense that it is not an automatic deduction for "poor air position.") Ice hates wrap. :(
  6. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

    Alissa does not have a leg warp.

  7. pinky166

    pinky166 #teamtrainwreck #teamdiva

  8. Fergus

    Fergus Well-Known Member

  9. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

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  10. piano18

    piano18 New Member

    Midori and Yukari N. come to mind, fo sure! Especially Midori!
  11. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    I don't think any judge has ever deducted for that. ;)
  12. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    So how old were they at the time? ;)

    I think that's overstating the case. There may be individual judges who really hate any form of wrap, but I think in general it's just considered less than ideal form and can make a difference if a judge is debating between two adjacent GOEs.

    My understanding is that the worst wrap is when the knee (as opposed to the ankle) of the free leg is crossed over the knee or thigh of the landing leg, with the hips turned in, because that kind of air position is often associated with cheated jumps.

    So the judges (and, now, tech panels) will be on the lookout for underrotation and penalize that.

    Skaters with that technique rarely master triple jumps and rarely reach the elite levels, but it's more common at lower levels with "double" jumps from skaters who don't get very far off the ice.

    Crossing the free ankle higher up also makes it harder for the skater to achieve the rotation because the air position is less tight and therefore a bit slower, but if the skater achieves enough height in the jump and clearly completes the rotation in the air, the only real objection would be that it doesn't look as attractive.

    I suppose the opposite issue would be that skaters who do cross the free ankle at the landing ankle may land with the free foot so close to the ice that it's hard to tell whether it touches down or not. I'd bet many skaters who develop a wrap do so to avoid two-footing.

    So does that ever happen in roller skating, and are roller judges especially hard on two-foot landings?
  13. Firefly123

    Firefly123 New Member

    Actually, I don't think the roller judges are very hard on the 2 foot landings as long as they are "controlled," so to speak. Roller is much easier than ice in certain respects. Cheated jumps "count" so to speak as long as the cheat is "good." (That is: A clean, sharp, balanced 3 turn). A triple like this would count more than a "clean" double, but less than a "clean" triple. I believe this is to encourage the higher level skaters to try the triples instead of staying with doubles.....Since the skates are heavier (about 4-5 lbs each) the women rarely are able to land clean triples, (also, as I mentioned, many of the women have a wrap). ;) Tanja Romano (Artistic Roller Ladies' World Champion) is a notable exception. Clean triples. No wrap. :) It is also a bit harder to land jumps on roller because there is no edge to "catch" you if you lean too far to the outside. If you are on too deep of an outside edge you will simply "slip" right off of it. :yikes:

    I always had a wrap around my chin. :D So 2 foot landings were never an issue (unless I actually slipped off the takeoff edge and had to save myself. Then, those 2 foot landings were not pretty....or around....) :lol:
  14. Firefly123

    Firefly123 New Member

    OK. This World Class Roller Champion is the King of all Wrappers.
    http://<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8ZuDEqtT56I&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8ZuDEqtT56I&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>

    ....But he is awesome!!! :swoon: 3flip-loop-loop-3loop. Nice!!! :D And just look at those heel camels. Wow!! He has a Sasha spiral too (I'm talking full split.) Ouch!!! :eek:

    Strange. In his long combo (2axel-loop-3toe-loop-half loop-3sal) he doesn't wrap at all??? But he wraps the other jumps. Weird. :confused:
    Last edited: May 8, 2010
  15. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    Yes, very big wrap ! impressive that he is still able to rotate so fast, without any speed going into jumps !
  16. Firefly123

    Firefly123 New Member

    Yes, that is one of the major differences between ice and roller. The floor (wood and/or concerete) creates so much friction that the skater looses his/her speed very quickly. Add to this the fact that most roller skaters nowdays just don't pay attention to skating fast (they have gotten used to long set ups and jumping almost from a stand still. It is a bad trend that has, unfortunately, taken over since the 1990s). :(

    Back to the wrap....

    I was still wondering if the wrap technique (rotating the jump from top to bottom rather than "snappng" with the hips and rotating from bottom to top has anything to do with a gender difference. Wider hips maybe?) Of course there are exceptions, (I just linked to videos of 2 male roller champions that wrapped), but it seems that wrap is far more common among females. All of the ice skaters that have been mentioned in this thread so far have been women. Now, it's true that there is a greater number of girls skating in the first place, but even taking that into account, it seems that wrap is much more prevalent among girls/women, (especially if left up to their own preference like on roller). Interesting.....
  17. arakwafan2006

    arakwafan2006 Well-Known Member

    Yup... Midori Ito for me
  18. wonderlen

    wonderlen New Member

    Wow I never seem a roller championship. Are they still have competition like that these days? How come we never seen it on t.v or news?
  19. Firefly123

    Firefly123 New Member

    Yes, artistic roller (which is what they call figure skating on roller) has a US Nationals and Worlds (but it's not in the Olympics). :( It used to be a lot bigger in the US during the late 70s and early 80s (there was even talk of getting us into the Summer Olympics.) But since then the roller craze has died down and many of the rinks have closed. The artistic clubs have all but disappeared. :( The Italians pretty much rule this sport. (One of their men, Luca, was the first to land the 3axel on roller. I have heard some of their men are working on quads.) The far East is beginning to show some interest (China and Tawain), also Australlia is pretty big thanks to the efforts of Jayson Suttcliffe (World Champion) there......But here in the US it is almost gone now. :( If anyone has tallent they go to ice (Tara Lipinski, Caydee Dayney etc.) There are pleanty of vids up on youtube if you are interested.

    Just search: artistic, roller, world class

    I guess the reason why it isn't on TV is that there is no audience ($) in it. Basically, I'd compare it to soccer. Americans like American football not soccer, and they like their figure skating on ice because.....well, that's the way it is supposed to be.... Roller skating is for disco and derby not figure skating. That is ice skating. :rolleyes:
  20. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

    Yay roller! I have coached it for 20 years plus up to world level. There is a youtube vid of Pierluca Tocca doing a quad toe, first we've seen with correct technique. Back to wraps, check out this vid from 1985 US Nationals Snr Ladies event.
    Janna Jenson was called "the combination kid". Her first 9 jump combo :eek: contains numerous leg wraps up around her neck. I could do double toe with or without a leg wrap, with made it so hard to control, and it was so hard to get any more rotation in that position.
  21. Firefly123

    Firefly123 New Member

    I love Janna!! :D And that quad is amazing. :eek:

    I don't know why ice is so down on wrap. As you know, at least back in the 80s, roller didn't consider it "bad" technique. Why do you think ice is so particular about this point????!!! I know it is less aerodynamic....But then, I would think that since it's harder to rotate the jumps, then those that do should get even more points. :eek: Makes sense to me.....

    And don't get me started on their testing structure. :duh:

    Check out Rolaboi's circus act video in this "trash can" section under Very Cool Circus Act. It's awesome!
    Do you still skate or coach on ice or roller? Or are you retired?
  22. kayskate

    kayskate New Member

    I've been looking for an excuse to post this vid.
    Quad roller champ, Roberto Riva, demos incredible jumping technique and posture in single jumps:

    here is the version w doubles and triples:

    This one shows jumps and spins:

    3axels on rollers:

    I can't find the vid of a quad jump (toe loop?) on roller skates. Will post if I find it.


  23. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

    Still coach on roller 6 days a week, haven't coached on ice for a couple of years. Roller Worlds are in Portugal this year which I've never been to. Whoo hoo!
  24. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

    You'll love it here!


    Where can I find information about these championships?
  25. Meoima

    Meoima Well-Known Member

    I would love to see our skaters try the roller! :rollin:
  26. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Midori's "leg wrap" cannot be classified in the same category of leg wrap like those of an Erin Pearl or Yukari Nakano. With Nakano and Pearl, the free leg crosses the skating leg above the knee and both upper thighs are touching each other. There's no tension maintained in the free leg, so it resembles an extra appendage that is dragged unwillingly through the air. Have you ever been to India and seen a cow with an extra fifth leg growing out of its back? That's what a true leg wrap reminds me of; It's unsightly.

    Midori crosses her free leg at the knee or slightly below the knee of the skating leg, and the thighs are not touching each other. There is tension maintained in the free leg so that the leg position is kept ridgid in the air. There's no way Midori could've done the jumps that she did if she had the same leg wrap like those of Peral or Nakano.
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  27. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    I don't like any leg wrap, I find it distracting, but in Midori's case, her jumps were so huge, it's not the same !
  28. Meoima

    Meoima Well-Known Member

    I wonder why some skaters have leg wrap and some never fix it?
  29. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    *They're satisfied with the current consistency and quality of their jumps and how much credit they're getting for them, and see no reason to change?

    *They've tried changing the technique but were less successful at getting the jumps landed that way?

    *They have spiked themselves badly and/or repeatedly using the tighter air position and now have a mental block/fear of getting the free blade that close to their foot and shin?
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