Lessons

CAMEL SPIN

  • Bend
  • Chin
  • Together – i.e. L foot close to R foot on the ice
  • Turn – i.e. turn the L foot on the ice so it makes the smallest circle possible
  • Extend head/spine

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL

Keep R shoulder back – this helped!

FLYING CAMEL SPIN

  • Extend R leg around + bring it around (i.e. don’t take a shortcut)
  • Outside edge – aim to land on an actual outside edge

BACK SIT SPIN HOP

  • On the hop, keep the free leg open
  • Pull L hamstring in to keep legs together
  • Allow arms to go out sideways on the hop (as it looks a larger hop)

AXEL

  • Bend
  • Arms (back)
  • Forwards to R – really helped keeping the R arms pulled in over R side
  • Cross

DOUBLE SALCHOW

  • Bend/push
  • Connect – includes keeping the R arm back
  • Bend/round – i.e. bring R leg and R arm around together at same time – and accelerate…
  • …into pull (i.e. don’t lock eyes forwards).

Not jumping forwards so much and pulling in tight for longer did help me to get faster, better rotation – landed nearly clean and/or clean!

DOUBLE LOOP DRILLS

Drill 1: Air position in a straight line

  • Step from LFO to RB (but flat, not outside)
  • Keep R side really twisted back – as if the head were looking back
  • Cross the knees
  • And cross the ankles – pull the L toe away from the R foot
  • (It’s fine if the RB edge goes a bit RBI)

Drill 2: Snap into twizzle

  • Loop take-off feet
  • Allow R edge to deepen (go onto toe) as if for loop take-off
  • Turn to RF with L knee crossed over
  • Snap into air position (with tight arms and tight knees), twizzle (allowing the blade to rock back and forwards slightly)
  • Exit into landing position with R arm back

DOUBLE FLIP EXERCISE

  • Do a single flip take-off
  • Do a half rotation to land on RF edge – but with L knee up and crossed over L side + arms over R side
  • Step onto LFO
  • Do a second flip take-off but this time trying to get 1-and-a-half rotations

Lesson

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Landed two 1/4-under doubles. Seemed to help when I thought about keeping the L shoulder forwards when pulling in. So:

  • (3-turn)
  • (Keep R arm back + palm turned sideways)
  • Bend
  • Forwards
  • Jump/toe
  • Twist L shoulder clockwise

DOUBLE LOOP

Was a bit forwards on take off today. So sit back on the blade a bit.

DOUBLE FLIP

The key to the half-flip, one-and-a-half flip drill is to allow the L leg to wrap around the R.

On the one-and-a-half, imagine a square on the ice under my body. After the toe pick, allow the L foot to go past until it is under my body. Then aim to keep the knees crossed.

Coach videoed me and I get not-bad rotation!

AXEL

On RFI counter, change of edge entry: jump in direction of my head – where I’m looking. And bend the R knee before stepping

CHANGE FOOT SIT SPIN

From back to forwards, lean the body weight to the R while putting weight on R heel. Then move it back to the L by moving the upper body counterclockwise rather than just trying to move from R to L.

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL SPIN

Coach said that the principle is just the same. He suggested watching Patrick Chan doing his. Looks like change from back camel to back sit position before stepping onto LFO (while leaning to R).

JUMP SIT SPIN

Timing, think: “Down, up, down” (? – not sure I got this right)

  • Down –
  • Up – hop the L toe into the air
  • Down – land on L toe

 

Lesson

HALF FLIP, ONE-AND-A-HALF FLIP

Working towards a double flip.

Drill:

  • Half flip – i.e. take off as flip, but only a 1/2 rotation to land forwards on R foot
  • Immediately put L foot down
  • Push off R foot into…
  • One-and-a-half flip, i.e. rotate 1 and 1/2

Teaching points:

  • Take off half flip and one-and-a-half flip with R arm far back – imagine that I’m hugging a redwood treet on my R side
  • Pull arms in to R side

DOUBLE SALCHOW

I’m bending on the 3-turn, but not bending from the LBI edge – and that’s where I need to be bending.

Checklist:

  • (3-turn)
  • Bend – this is the critical bit I’m not doing!
  • Forwards
  • Knee
  • Toe
  • Pull/twist – i.e. pull to R side

DOUBLE LOOP

Three mistakes/things I need to do:

  • I was winding my upper body but forgetting to wind the legs. Think ‘sway’ from now on.
  • I need to get further towards forwards before taking off
  • I’m usually not activating the ankle/toe to take off and get that extra bit of height

Therefore checklist:

  • Sway – i.e. turn upper body clockwise while also allowing R foot to go onto inside edge before going strongly back onto the outside edge
  • (Feet) – (feet crossed, although I do this all the time automatically now, hence the brackets around this)
  • Forwards – jump forwards
  • Ankle/toe – to get that height
  • Pull

Doubles

DOUBLE LOOP

Landed a couple of clean doubles!

Got more height by thinking about jumping through the ankle.

So checklist is:

  • Wind (i.e. wind in opposite direction)
  • Feet (i.e. L foot is crossed over R foot – both blades on outside edges)
  • Forwards (i.e. wait until rotated forwards before taking off)
  • Ankle/toe – use the ankle to jump off the toe to get that extra bit of height – the first time I did it, I felt scared by the extra height I got, so this works!
  • Pull in – mindfully pull pull pull

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Practised one-foot (single) salchows. Think about taking off from forwards – this was helpful!

Checklist for the double:

  • Bend
  • Forwards (i.e. wait until LFI takes me to forwards)
  • Toe – i.e. take off from toe
  • Knee – i.e. kick knee up, but keep R foot closer to body than the knee – this helped me to get an extra 1/4 rotation!
  • Twist/pull – i.e. pull in to R side

DOUBLE FLIP

Cleaned up my single flip. Practise this cleaner, lighter flip for a while.

Checklist:

  • Tap towards the diagonal (i.e. on the LFI, tap R to change to LFO) – but jump straight
  • Arms – shortly after the tap, reach the R arm forwards, but letting the hand go no further than the L hand
  • Toe pick
  • Allow the L leg to “get out of the way” – my weight should be a little more over my L side than it has been (I tend to be too much on R side)