Can you elaborate more on edges and how a good edge is supposed to look like? I love figure skating but I don't understand much about the more technical things and I would like to learn more.
Thanks for asking!
I’m not sure exactly the context you’re asking in, so let’s just have a generalised chat about edges.
First, the edge is one of the most important parts of the blade, one of the most vital building blocks that any skater learns…and one of the hardest things to learn how to control.
| <- When the blade is like this, it’s a flat. On this, you glide in a straight line, pretty much. It’s upright under the skate and it’s pretty easy to control.
\ / <- if the blade is being used on an angle like this, it’s an edge. On an edge, you are travelling on a curve, always. The shallower the edge, the longer the curve; the deeper the edge, the tighter the curve.
Edges are controlled through your ankles and your knees. The deeper the knee bend and ankle bend, the deeper the edge and the more control you can have. Sounds simple in theory, but in reality, this is terribly difficult. This is because you need to roll your foot to the inside to get an inside edge, and to the outside for an outside edge, and your body really doesn’t want to do either of those things.
Edges are used in pretty well every element in skating. For example, the first entrance to a spin that many skaters learn is to hold a long outside edge into the spin. All turns are supposed to be done on edges, from three turns to brackets to mohawks. And all jumps take off from an edge on one foot or the other. So you can see that learning good edges early is very important.
Edges and how well they are used and executed make up a big part of the Skating Skills component. The deeper the edges, the better the Skating Skills (though there are other parts to that component as well, such as speed and flow).
One of the skaters with the best edges in the world today is Patrick Chan. I’m not his biggest fan, but watching him do edgework is breathtaking. In past years, there would be times when he would be too deep on his edges and might slip off and fall, but he has better control over that now. If you watch him closely, you can see how very “deep” he is in his knees, leading to a deeper edge.
I hope that was something resembling what you meant and that I didn’t go on too much of a tangent - let me know!