Do you by any chance have any guides/research on playing a figure skater? Thanks, love!
I couldn’t find a guide or anything but how about I try and elaborate instead?
What exactly is figure skating? Figure skating is a winter sport that was first introduced into the Olympics in the early 1900’s. Not all figure skating is geared towards entering into the Olympics however.
There is Synchronized Skating which involves skating within groups instead, usually made up of 8 - 20 skaters who perform together. While they do compete, it is not geared towards the Olympics. Important concepts involve “blocks, circles, wheels, lines, intersections, moves in the field, moves in isolation, no-hold step sequences, spins and pairs moves.” There are fourteen different levels, each varying in accordance to age. The usual age range for this group of skaters is around 12 to 20.
Ice dancing is another form. It’s like ballroom dancing but on ice. People of all ages can participate. It can be done with another person or by yourself. However it is not the same as pair skating. Pair skating is where they do the lifts and acrobatic moves. Ice dancing also provides a chance for them to do free dancing which involves the skaters having the ability to choose their rhythms, programs, and music. In pair dancing, only instrumental music is allowed. Pair dancing often involves jumps, spins, throw jumps (man throws woman in air), and a variation of lifts.
Lastly, there is single skating or individual skating which involves, you guessed it, skating by yourself. Men complete against men and women against women. This is the most popular form. There are two programs involved within single skating including the short program and the long program. The short program, you perform eight elements in less than 3 minutes (2 minutes and 40 seconds). The long program lasts 4 minutes for women and 4 minutes and 30 seconds for men.
For the remainder of this explanation, I’m going to be focusing on single skating since it is the most popular form and I’m assuming this is a single character rather than a group of them.
Okay, onto figure skating moves! Since there are such a large variety of moves, each with their own individual names, I’m going to link you to this large glossary of terms found here. Some simpler moves include the Axel, Toe Loop, and more. The few I’ve listed are common for most figure skaters to know. To reiterate, the link for the more common ones are found here.
So what about scoring? The ISU (International Skating Union) Judging System is the official system for figure skating of all kinds. There are two panels: the technical panel and the judging panel.
The technical panel merely consists of five people who consist of the technical specialist and assistant, technical controller, data operator, and video replay operator. The technical specialist is the one who identifies which move is being performed on ice and the difficulty.
Onto the judging panel! Judging is based on a cumulative point system. They are responsible for judging the quality of the performance. If you’re really interested in understanding how the scoring system works, I’d recommend watching this video.
Alright! Enough about figure skating. Let’s talk about your character for a moment.
Remember, figure skating is a competitive sport. In order words, your character is probably not going to be an avid smoker, drug user, and then consume a ton of alcohol after stuffing every McDonald dish you can think of down their throats right before a competition. No. You have to stay healthy and in shape for these competitions, especially if you want to make it to the Olympics.
They are in risk of injuries. If you’ve ever seen a figure skating competition, you know that they’re not exactly wearing knee padding and helmets. They can become injured on ice easily if they mess up or, lord forbid, if their partner messes up and they fall face first on the ice. Another note, you can get docked points if your uniform isn’t in tip top shape. Also, their skates would be something of importance to them.
You don’t become talented in any sport without practicing. Before you decide on playing a figure skater, you may want to ensure that there is a figure skating rink within whatever universe you’re in because you can be sure they will be practicing.
Alright! I hope this helped and that I haven’t overwhelmed you yet. If you need anymore advice, just let me know!
Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski and Terry Gannon comment on Yuzuru's Sochi SP performance
I had a lovely time listening to their commentary on NBC. It was very entertaining and informative. Here’s a transcript for those of you who didn’t manage to catch it.
Terry: [as Yuzuru executes his performance perfectly] “Hello, Olympics! I am here for the first time and I came to win!”
Tara: Yes, he did. That was too cool! Terry: Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan! Set the record for the short program score at the Grand Prix Final. Almost hit a hundred, no one’s ever hit a hundred. He might be close! Tara: Yeah, I would think so! And when he lands his jumps, he doesn’t just land them like it’s a normal quad, this is an extraordinary quad. Terry: Yes. And Johnny, he makes it look easy. Johnny: Like water. Like water under a bridge. The quad toe is just smooth and effortless. Just like the triple axel. And Yuzuru’s skating is so special because he makes everything look simple. Everything he does is so difficult, and it’s so complicated, the steps and the sequences, the spins and the jumps and everything is so hard, it’s the hardest of hard. He makes it look like nothing. Tara: Yeah I was talking to Kurt Browning, who sometimes choreographs for him, and he says it’s like playing a video game with a skater. He’ll [Yuzuru] just do whatever he says, if you get to this point in the music, he’s there. Johnny: Look here on this quad toe. The reach back, just perfectly solid. Right leg goes all the way through to get almost a half-revolution before even up in the air, then he finishes the other three and a half in the air, boom! Quad. Tara: Look at the face! He knew he landed it. (laughs) You know, in the air, he already knew. Johnny: He’s got a fabulous air position, his arms very tight, his legs on the triple axel, you get such height and elevation, he barely even needs to pull his legs in. As long as his arms are tight, he’s good.
[Footage cuts to Yuzuru’s coach, Brian Orser, who jumps for joy.]
Tara: That’s my favorite part.
Terry: Brian Orser, he always could jump on the ice!
Michael Christian Martinez looked all alone in that huge palace; there was no team to welcome him back to the stalls. Yet, as he sat back to listen to his scores being announced, his face broke into a wide grin and he held up his white jacket to show the name of the country he was representing: the Philippines. That little gesture spoke volumes. It didn’t matter that he won no medals. He was telling the world that his country exists—not just as the site of catastrophic disasters but as a pool of gifted and disciplined athletes.
Professor Randy David, Michael’s triple Axel, Philippine Daily Inquirer 2/15/2014