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How to Do a Basic Spin On Ice Skates

How to Do a Basic Spin On Ice Skates

I am continuing to address the inaccurate edits that may have been done to the hundreds of articles I wrote as the Figure Skating Guide-Expert for the former About.com (which is now DotDash.com and ThoughtCo).  It is getting to seem more and more obvious to me that DotDash.com must have hired a figure skating fan who knows just a bit about skating to edit my articles since the edits include errors that only true figure skaters would notice.  They are honest errors, but are not accurate.

Today I will address another article that I recently discovered that has been edited by DotDash.com that includes my name as the author that has been edited with errors.  The article is titled How to Master Spinning on Ice Skates.  I’ve discovered that the article has been changed so much that it does not resemble my writing or the original article I wrote on spinning on ice skates as About.com’s Figure Skating Guide-Expert.  I wrote another article titled how to do a basic one foot spin that is very detailed and is much more accurate.

In this post, I am going to need to “take apart” some of what has been written and published by DotDash.com with my name as the author on How to Master Spinning on Ice Skates, since what is now there includes incorrect information.

Most skaters spin to the left, but some skaters will spin to the right.  The article edited by DotDash.com and ThougthCo says that if a skater is right-handed, he will spin to the left and if the skater is left-handed, he will spin to the right.  That is not true.  There are some skaters that are right handed that spin to the right and some skaters that are left-handed who spin to the left.  Usually skating teachers will help new skaters determine which way they will jump and spin.

The article lists things you will need in order to spin.  One of the items is gloves or mittens.  What do gloves and mittens have to do with learning to spin?  It is obvious that a skater will be inside of a cold ice arena, so yes, gloves do come in handy, but are not required in order to spin on ice skates.  Also, the article lists an ice rink.  Well, of course a skater who spins on ice skates will need an ice skating rink!  I can’t believe something like this has been edited and published with my name as the author.

The article says in order to do a two foot spin that the skater should begin in a pivot position, but doesn’t explain what a pivot position is.  Actually, I don’t agree that beginning a two foot spin in a pivot position is necessary, but it is an option.  A pivot begins with a skater’s toepick planted in the ice and the skater then uses the other blade to circle around that planted toe.  Beginning ice skaters may find a pivot too hard to do, so I suggest just standing on the ice on two feet but using some force from your arms to get yourself to turn in a small circle for at least one rotation.  Some skaters try to pretend they are holding a baseball in one hand and a bat in the other.   By hitting “the ball” the skater may be able to turn in a small circle and spin for at least one or two rotations.  Also, if the skater puts the weight of the outside skate on the heel and the weight of the skate on the inner circle a bit more on the toe, the two foot spin may work better.

Next the article has a sub-title called “How to Spin On One Skate.”  I never wrote such a sub-title.  Well, of course the skater is going to spin on one skate if he or she is going to do a one foot spin since spinning on one foot is called a “One Foot Spin.”

The article edited by DotDash.com says that in order to spin on one skate that a skater first needs to first “push off” on one foot.  This makes no sense.  If a skater just pushed off on one foot, he or she would be gliding forward in a straight line and it would be impossible to spin.  New ice skaters would never be able to spin from such a position and also it would be dangerous to even try a spin from a “push off.”  What I suggest for beginning ice skaters to do when first trying to spin on one foot is to first do a two-foot spin and while doing that two foot spin to lift up one skate off the ice for just a brief moment and to continue spinning.  A skater should keep weight a bit forward over the blade that is on the ice and he or she will make a small circle with tha blade and will suddenly be spinning on one foot!

The ThoughtCo edited article recommends going to the gym in order to master spinning on ice skates and also says that a skater must practice skating for one hour at least three times a week in order to master a spin.  How ridiculous are those suggestions?  Almost all beginning ice skaters can do a simple two-foot or one-foot spin.

Happy Spinning and Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

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Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com


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