Lesson

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Push onto the LFO – coach said I had more speed and coverage. So:

  • Push (bend the L knee) on RFO
  • Connect
  • Toe
  • Forward
  • Pull in tight for longer – it helped me to speed the rotation and it looked cleaner as a jump

SIT SPIN (and all spins, really)

Do a tighter half-circle on the LFO. So if I’m facing north as I step, try to wait until I’m facing south before allowing the spin to happen.

Also helped on some camel spins.

BACK SIT SPIN HOP

During the back spin, come up on the R knee and then hop.

After the hop, stay up for a fraction of a second before descending back into the back sit position.

BACK SIT SPIN

My exit position was a bit ungainly. Coach L suggested coming up on the R knee while keeping the L foot in the sit position and then taking the free leg back.

Also need to think about keeping the L leg straight rather than breaking at the knee.

Skating

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Worked up to getting good rotation by focusing on:

  • (Shoulder – L shoulder forward)
  • (3-turn)
  • Connect – keep the R leg back after the 3-turn
  • Bend – the L knee
  • Arms – keep arms level (and come further around to forwards)
  • Toe – take off from the L toe pick

BACK SIT SPIN

Coach P at Streatham skated past and gave me a tip on my back sit. Suggested that I turn out my free foot – something to do with the effect it has on the hip? Anyway, it seemed to work: I span better. I guess another benefit is that the heel of my blade would also be less likely to catch on the ice.