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Figure Skating Terms Defined - 1.0 General

1.1 DEFINITION OF THE SKATE

Figure skating blades used during tests and competitions must be sharpened to produce a flat to concave cross section without change to the width of the blade as measured between the two edges. However, a slight tapering or narrowing of the blade is permitted.

1.2 TYPES OF FIELD MOVEMENTS

  1. CROUCH: a two foot movement in which a skater travels along the ice with both legs bent at an angle (with at least 90 degrees between the thigh and shin of the skating legs).
  2. INA BAUER: a two-footed movement in which the skater travels along the ice with one foot on a forward edge/tracing and the other on a matching backward edge on a different but parallel edge/tracing.
  3. LUNGE: a movement in which a skater travels along the ice with one leg bent (with at least 90 degrees between the thigh and shin of the skating leg) and the other leg directed behind with the boot/blade touching the ice
  4. PIVOT: a two footed movement in which the toe picks of one foot are inserted into the ice by a skater as a central pivoting point while the other foot travels in a circular pattern around the pivot point.
  5. SHOOT THE DUCK: a one foot movement in which a skater travels along the ice with one leg in a strongly bent position and the other leg directed forward parallel to the ice.
  6. SPREAD EAGLE: a curving, two-footed movement in which the skater skates with one foot on a forward edge and the other on a matching backward edge on the same curve (eg. outside and outside).
  7. SPIRAL: A gliding position executed on one foot with free leg extended (including knee and foot) above hip level.
  8. SPIRAL SEQUENCE: A collection of at least two spirals executed on different feet, separated by no more than four steps not including the step taken into the skating foot of the second spiral. (A step in this case applies to any time a change of foot takes place, e.g. Mohawk = 2 steps, 3-turn = 1 step, crosscut = 2 steps)



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