anonymous asked:

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!


Throwback Thursday: Yuzuru Hanyu - RJ1

  • Still one of my favourite of his programs.
  • Whenever I rewatch it I realise how much he has improved in the last couple of years (stamina, posture, upper body movement, edgework, you name it, he was great back then, but he has come a long way too).
  • RJ1 is what got me interested in men’s skating (back then I was all about the ladies) because I’ve never been a Dai fan *waits for someone to kill her* or a Chiddy fan (for other reasons xD), but that year I finally had someone to root for.
  • Also, back then he had just one quad and I had way less anxiety XD
  • Whatever, I’m too emotionally attached to this to be rational.

Free Skate Friday: Evgeni Plushenko, Tribute to Nijinsky, Russian Nationals - 2004

Why is it important?

This is pretty much the height of skating under the old system.  The top scores under the previous scoring system, which was changed fully in 2006 after a judging dispute at the 2002 Olympics, was 6.0 per mark.  There will be a whole post on that nonsense later, but the point is, this free skate (technically a Long Program at the time and slightly different, but the rough equivalency of today’s Free Skate) is an example of what would earn top marks under the old system.  It’s likely a tad inflated due to being a home/nationals skate, but the execution and skill are definitely top ranked at the least.  This is why many older fans get super frustrated with skating today, because it used to be that falling was a huge mistake and win margins were pretty narrow.  The jumps modern skaters are flubbing are not necessarily harder, but they aren’t being landed or are landed poorly much of the time.  While quads are much more frequent now, several skaters that boast quads struggle mightily with a triple axel, which is a full half rotation less and a required element of the men’s free skate.

Here, watch Plushenko’s edges, speed of edge changes, and control in particular.  While some modern skaters boast excellent connections and edgework, many fall a bit short in the rush to rack up tech points.  Additionally, the launches,in air position, and landing are much cleaner and more fluid than many skaters in the Olympics and Worlds this year were able to pull off consistently.

There are a lot of theories on why jumps have gone to hell and they involve many factors that I’ll get into more in other posts, but as far as the old scoring system goes, you won’t get much dispute that Plushenko was one of the best (Alexei Yagudin was one of few people to best Plushenko at that time, and he holds an Olympic and World Gold).

Plushenko was only beaten 7 times under the old system and through the transition to the new system between 1999 and 2006 in competition, once through withdraw, once placing 4th, and 5 times placing second for a silver.  This skate is probably one of his best performances during that era.

super quick study, trying to find the best approach to represent each different part of it. quick and effective (as in very readable), but not very nice looking since there’s no consistent style pulling the image together. so what’s often a good idea is to paint over the entire image once you’re done with the base rendering to get consistent edgework

I just love how Yuri On Ice is not

viktor: i want you *slams hand against wall, presses close*

yuuri: ahhh viktor nooo (*^^*) *gives in* *high-pitched panting*

viktor: *takes u from the back like a bitch*

it’s a sports anime–there’s commentary about completing rotations and edgework and program deviations and–

it’s not even just that it’s a sports anime

the romantic bit isn’t being treated like black and white, you are this he is that now do your roles and KISS

it’s grey

sure viktor’s the coach and yuri’s the student, yuri’s in emotional turmoil and viktor’s the one to try to pick him up–people might view that as ‘relationship roles’

but yuri ain’t a damsel in distress here, in the end he’s the one reassuring viktor, coach yakov even says as much

it’s not even about role reversals–both characters have their strong and vulnerable sides

More on Edgework with Julie Adams

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We’ve seen this move before.

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This is the part that impresses me, though. She changes her weight as she shifts into the spread eagle and bounces back and forth in and out of it to get around AJ (black #9). AND she twists her back enough so that getting a legal hit on her might be difficult.

BAD v Denver, 2013 WFTDA Championships