Friday, November 7, 2008

World Figure Skating Championship Tickets

The ISU has finally released a more reasonable selection of ticket packages to the public for the upcoming Worlds at Staples Center next March. Tickets are available for the weekend events only as well as a "gold" package that includes tickets for the Womens, Mens and Pairs Freestyle and the Closing Ceremony Extravaganza. Prices vary depending on location, but $105 to $310 will get you some sweet seats. For more information, check out Worlds.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Waltz jumps -- focus on not pitching forward at the end. Really dig into the ice and then jump high. Do from Mohawk with flow. Press into ice with left foot and REACH ACROSS with the right foot when jumping.

Salchow: RI Mohawk, left 3-turn, check (right arm back), turn and jump out, with right arm and right leg moving forward at same time. touching hands together mid-air. Cue: Up and over.

Toe loop: master at the wall – inside 3-turn, , pivot on left toe ¼ turn, then jump out. Start at wall, then gradually move away from the wall one foot at a time until I am in the center.

Stroking and Edges

Stroking Exercise: practice push, glide on 2 feet with knees deeply bent, then push – keeping head level the whole time (staying down on knees)

Side lunges – the power comes from ripping the edge in the lunge and pushing into the feet together position.

New sequence: Rt. Side Lunge, Left side lunge, 2-foot twizzle to the left using right arm to propel me, repeat other side.

Power pulls – up-down-up action and let the free leg pull me along.

Forward edges down the length of the rink, really leaning into the circle. One round without changing arm or leg position until time to push.

Cross Strokes – forward. Think of a back to front Ronde De Jambe on both feet. Do them slow to really focus on the edge.

Back Cross-strokes – Do Schaffer pushes for each stroke. Cross the stepping foot more behind the other foot so it is almost perpendicular. No tip-toes. Just touch down on the bottom toe-pick. Glide on back edge longer. Hold each edge for a count of 2.

Chasses with swing at end – keep the hip of the “kicking” foot pressed back behind the other hip. Really lean into the circle. 1) push, 2) Step, 3) push then feet together. Lift and hold inside foot longer.

Back crossovers – Think of the back (leading) hand as pulling me along; keep it still. Step wide with the inside foot. Keep leading arm pressed back (instead of at 90 degree angle). Need to start doing cross cuts on both sides. On good side, hold the left back outside edge (the undercut) for a long time before uncrossing and reaching deep inside the circle. As an exercise for the bad side, do 2 back half-swizzle pushes each side, really getting deep into outside edge. Feet together between each push.

Spirals – keep back arched, then pivot forward. Practice on both feet. Lock knee, point toe, then tip forward.

Practice Sheet Template

In an effort to stay focussed while practicing (instead of standing at the boards chit-chatting), I have come up with a checklist of things to practice. I try to get through as many of these as possible.


Things to Practice

3 Laps Forward Stroking w/o stopping
1 lap Slalom, Swizzles and Power Pulls
1 lap Forward Edges (w/ diff. arms)
3 widths of Back Edges
2 widths of Mohawk Combo
2 Crossover Figure 8’s (forwards and back)
2 widths Cross-Strokes (F & B)
3 T-Stops (each foot)
10 Forward Outside & Inside 3-Turns
3 Forward Pivots
3 Back Pivots – Inside and Outside
10 – 2 Foot Spins
5 Forward Spirals (straight knees & count to 6)
5 Half Flips (hold landing & count to 3)
5 Waltz Jumps (hold landing & count to 3)
5 Salchows
5 Toeloops
Chaine Turns
Ina Bauer
Spread eagles
Practice program 3 times