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2016-2017 Technical Q&A #8 - Competitive Skate & STARSkate - Singles & Pairs (March 15, 2017)


A skater falls on the first foot of an intended change foot flying combination spin.  She executes more than 3 revs in a flying camel spin position but then falls as she is changing feet.  The skater then stands up and continues the spin on the other foot while performing 2 revs in a sit position and 2 revs in an upright position, both in difficult variations.

The following reference can be found in the ISU Technical Panel Handbook – Singles: Spins/General/page 1:  If the skater falls when entering a spin, a spin or a spinning movement is allowed immediately after this fall (for filling time purpose) with this spin/movement not being counted as an element.

As the skater did not fall while entering the spin and, instead of just including a “spinning movement”, she completed the spin itself, including difficult variations, what is the correct call? 

Should this be identified as 2 separate spins or should it be considered as 1 spin element?


The spin should be considered as 1 element.  The spin is considered as concluded once the fall occurs, and any aspects of the spin that are included after the fall are considered as a spinning movement for filling time purpose, and not as a separate spin element.  This applies even if the skater executes spin positions in difficult variations after the fall.

The correct call for this element as described would be FCSpB.

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