Special Sub-Topic: Anagrams on Ice
|In the mens' division of figure skating competitions, this difficult jump is a must-have for the top contenders. You'll probably be saying, "see you LATER, PIXEL," to anyone who does not have it in his arsenal.|
Triple axel & triple axle. The axel jump, originating in the late 19th century and named for Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, is unique in that it takes off from a forward edge, yet the skater must still land backwards. This means that a triple axel actually has 3 1/2 rotations, making it one of the most difficult jumps to complete. In 1988, Midori Ito of Japan became the first woman to land a triple axel in competition.
|YES, BID IDES, when it comes to spins, jumps, and step sequences, pairs' skaters have to perform many of their required elements in this position, relative to each other.|
Side by side. While the side by side elements allow pairs' skaters to showcase their singles skating skills, they must constantly be aware of their unison and position relative to each other as they are being judged as a team. Too much distance between the couple is not desirable, but performing some elements too closely can become hazardous, as the Canadian team of Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison know well. Jessica's face received a severe cut from her partner's blade while performing side by side spins at a 2007 competition.
|Be it straight line, serpentine, or circular, figure skaters in all disciplines are required to complete this kind of sequence in their programs. FOR WOK TO receive the scores he needs here, he'd better be impressive!|
Footwork. A footwork, or step, sequence is a series of moves that include bracket turns, rocker turns, and, especially in ice dancing, twizzles (a series of quick rotations). Footwork sequences are rated by levels of difficulty, the highest being level four. The higher level sequences demonstrate the skater's full range of ability, such as skating in different directions, skilled use of edges, and upper-body motion.
|A lady performing in a figure skating competition might CAN ABLY SKIP this element, but she really shouldn't. When this spin is performed properly, she makes a graceful silhouette as she rotates. Let's hope she doesn't get dizzy!|
Layback spin. Requiring a great deal of flexibility, the traditional layback spin is performed in an upright position by arching the back, raising the hands over one's head, and extending the free leg in a position parallel to the ice. Great Britain's Cecilia Colledge, one of the world's top figures skaters in the 1930s, developed the layback spin.
|I wish TO CONFIDE OPS says that in recent figure skating events, the competitors no longer await 10.0s or 6.0s from the judges. Instead, their marks are now in the format of this new scoring system.|
Code of points. The International Skating Union Judging System, also called the "code of points," debuted at the 2003 Grand Prix series. Under this system, skaters are scored on technicality and program components (which consist of skating skills, overall performance, choreography, etc.). For the technical score, each element, such as a jump or spin, is awarded a base amount of points, which can be adjusted depending on the "grade of execution." The point totals received for each phase of the competition are added together, and the highest overall total wins first place.
|It's neither required nor standard, but I suppose a skater could use a POLE TOO, in their take-off for this basic jump.|
Toe loop. Often performed as a double, triple, or even quadruple jump, the toe loop is one of the first jumps a skater learns. The toe loop is entered into with a toe-pick (like the flip and lutz jumps) from a back outside edge and lands on the same. The loop jump, on the other hand, is an edge jump, without a toe-pick entrance.
|CALMLY FEIGN complete confidence in your abilities, leap into the air, and land in a position ready to rotate, with your free leg and torso parallel to the ice. Voila! You've just performed this spin.|
Flying camel. The addition of a jump can turn a camel or sit spin into a flying spin. In the 1940s, Dick Button of the United States was the first to make this innovation with regard to the flying camel spin; it was thus originally called the "Button camel."
|Before the original and free dances, those skating in the ice dance division are required to perform this short, mandatory dance. Spare some pity for any POOR CLUMSY team who stumbles in this early phase of the competition!|
Compulsory. With no jumps allowed and restrictions on spins and lifts, ice dancing is quite similar to ballroom dancing. There are three phases to an ice dancing competition: the short compulsory dance, with its predetermined set of steps and music type; the original dance, for which the skaters select their own music but must conform to one of the season's chosen rhythms; and the free dance, in which teams have more freedom to choose their own style. Although its first appearance at the World Figure Skating Championships took place in 1952, ice dancing was not seen at the Olympics until 1976.
|When this element is performed by a team skating as PAIRS, THE LAD must hold on tight to his lady's hand as she spins in a circle around him. If he lets go, the results could be disastrous!|
Death spiral. While performing the death spiral, the man is in a low position, pivoting on his toe pick. He holds his partner's hand while she, her back arched and body nearly parallel to the ice, creates a spiral around him, with one skate touching the ice. The death spiral, performed only by pairs' teams, is a required element in that division.
|After a skater completes his or her performance, CANDY RISKS are taken as they make their way to this area just beside the rink, where they sit with their coaches and receive their scores.|
Kiss and Cry. In the "Kiss and Cry," skaters can celebrate (or mourn, depending on the performance!) alongside coaches and other supporters, gather up the flowers and stuffed animals tossed to them by adoring fans, and anxiously await their marks from the judges. A Finnish skating official by the name of Jane Erkko coined this humorous title, which reflects the behavior of many skaters after their performances.
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