In this 1 minute and 29 second video lesson, Paige uses a demonstrator to introduce a more advanced variation on the basic spiral position. Paige begins by having the skater grab underneath the foot on the inside (as opposed to the outside) of the boot of the free leg. She then assists the skater in leaning her body forward and pulling the foot of the free leg upward. Paige notes that if skaters can pull the leg up and above the head they are in very good shape.
Paige then shows how skaters can practice this position at the boards. She has the demonstrator hold firmly onto the board while the other hand grabs the bottom of the boot and pulls upward as high as the skater can manage. Practicing this exercise will increase the skater’s range of motion and allow them to practice this position before trying it on the ice.
Remember that when you are in this spiral position, the “free” arm should be straight and strong as should the rest of the body. Pull the free leg as high as it will go and make sure the skating leg remains nice and straight. Because this spiral position is more difficult it has the potential to earn the skater a higher score.
remains nice and straight. Because this spiral position is more difficult it has the potential to earn the skater a higher score.