Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Slow Unveiling of My Bronze Program

Yesterday I had a crazy idea.  Enter a competition on July 13-14 that I am not ready for!
I discussed it with my coach and she thought it was a good idea.  Not from a competition standpoint, but from a shake-the-nerves standpoint.

My goal is to be able to go to Adult Nationals next April with a solid Adult Bronze program.  Between now and then I need to get in plenty of practice and actually get used to going to a competition.

Adult skating in my area is pretty quiet.  I don't expect to see many (if any) other competitors in July at the Bronze Level, especially in my age category (IV) 50-59.  So I will be competing for the sake of competing; skating to music, choreographed with required elements with a few people watching and of course, judges critiquing.

The video I shot yesterday starts with a few practice spins of my backspin (which is why I didn't want to test my Bronze Freeskate yet... It's not consistent yet).  Then you will see 1:44 seconds of my 1:50 music poorly skated in a rough outline of my program.  Ok, the cat is out of the bag.  I'm skating to the piano rendition of the them from Schindler's List.  I may switch it over to the violin version before next year if I get stronger.

I am pretty "old school" when it comes to what music I like to see people skate to and now ... perform to.  USFSA will allow you to skate to music with lyrics, but it's not for me.  I like mostly classical style music or soundtracks, themes, etc.   I know a lot of adult skaters enjoy putting on some wild costumes and skating in other events like Dramatic and Light Entertainment.  I won't say never, but right now all I can focus on is completing my first program with required elements cleanly.

Adult Bronze Requirement for the Freeskate are:

1. At least three different single jumps of which one must be a Salchow and one must be a toe loop
2. One jump combination consisting of a waltz jump and a toe loop (no turn
or change of foot between jumps)

1. One-foot upright spin (minimum four revolutions in position)
2. One-foot backspin, entry optional (minimum three revolutions in position) 

3. Sit spin (minimum three revolutions in position)

1. Connecting moves, steps and edges throughout the program


  1. Your backspins are looking much better! Good luck on the upcoming competition and your test. :)

  2. Thanks, they have a long way to go but I do feel like I am turning a corner. My coach said I was actually spinning on a FORWARD INSIDE for a while... she said... "remember how you did that later... it's an advanced spin you don't see that often!" ..... ha ha

  3. Diane- the forward inside edge is VERY common among kids doing backspins here. I think it is the most common backspin mistake. There is always a big conversation among coaches about what to present in a competition- a slow, 3-rotation backspin on the correct edge, or a fast, 5-8 rev spin on the wrong one. There is never consensus, and you never know what the judge will prefer (when I judge ISI- I go for the correct edge over speed/revs on the wrong edge).

    Unfortunately, it doesn't count as an advanced spin unless you hit the back outside first, sustain it, and then change to the inside edge :)

  4. The problem I have is that I cannot tell the difference of what I am doing! My very last post I felt like I was on a back edge ....maybe I am wrong!



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