Figure Skating Elements: Sit Spins and Combination Spins

Time to refresh your memories on upright and layback spins and camel spins because here’s the final installment of the spin intro posts - sit spins! (And combination spins, but we’ll get to those in a second.) Sit spins appear as “SSp” on protocols and are defined as spins where the skating leg is bent so that the thigh is at least parallel to the ice. Basically, it looks like the skater is squatting down while spinning. There are numerous variations in sit spin positions and most of them don’t have names. I’ve only included some common and famous variations in this post. Both men and women can do some of these positions.

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This happened 3 years ago today. 

After a very dissapointing short program, where she finished 16th, Mao came back with all guns blazing and delivered this incredibly emotional performace. 

During her whole career she has tried to push the boundaries of the sport, delivering not only technical content most ladies wouldn’t even dare to try, but also artistry and skating skills like no other. Her step sequences, her musicality, and her emotional conection to the music and the audience have moved skating fans all over the world. She’s been up and down during her entire career, her life hasn’t been easy, but not once has she given up. 

To me this is one of the most inspirational performances ever. I hope to see her in a year in Pyeongchang.

Thank you for all the wonderful performances you’ve shared with us Mao, i hope there will be more to come :)




2016 All Japan Figure Skating Championships opening. It’s cool and intense as always, but I sort of miss the old version of Bolero they used to use, with sounds of an electric guitar injected in? This clip also contains some of the competitor comments about Yuzu’s absence at the end.


fumiesuguri: With the completion of Japanese Nationals, Asada-senshu did not make it onto the world team. About whether or not to continue. A few years ago, when Asada-senshu resumed her competitive career, we had a long talk at the Shin-Yokohama rink. I advised her not to continue. The reason for that is because I don’t want her to have the same painful memories as I did.

When I look back on it now, 2006 was my competitive peak. Still, no matter how painful it was, I have no regrets for continuing. Mentally, physically, spiritually, it was all a challenge. Reevaluating my technique and working on conditioning. 

Being able to continue required working and learning about the company I work for. There is true value in pursuing something you love—such as understanding the true value of money. From 2006 to until I retired in 2014, I learned what skating really means. And now I get to coach. However, I faced so many heavy outside pressures and criticisms—being told all sorts of things from everywhere, I felt like I was going to break.

I didn’t want her to have to face that. But, in the end, she said, “But I want to keep going,” and I said, “In that case, I understand. If there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know whenever you need it,” and we parted.

The decision whether or not to continue is up to the person making decision, and not for those on the fringes to call into question. Just support them, earnestly. That’s what we should do. All athletes want it to round it off to that perfect, beautiful end, but only a very few actually achieve it.

Even the big name senpais from my company, Nakata Hidetoshi-san and Tamesue Dai-san, they all have regrets. Ending with good results isn’t the only thing. It’s about the attitude and the way you live. Ganbare Mao-chan!!!”