Category: tech talk

G/F easily have the best and most complex one foot step sequence of the season and I broke it down 

Marco:

LBO-Rocker (LBO to LFO) CW/LFO to LFI Change of Edge CW/LFI-Counter (LFI to LBI) CCW/LBI-Three Turn (LBI to LFO) CCW/LFO-Bracket (LFO to LBI) CW/LBI to LBO Change of Edge CW/LBO to LBI Change of Edge CCW/LBI-Three Turn (LBI to LFO) CCW/LFO-Double Twizzle CCW

Charlene:

RFO-Rocker (RFO to RBO) CW/RBO to RBI Change of Edge CW/RBI-Counter (RBI to RFI) CCW/RFI-Three Turn (RFI to RBO) CCW/RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW/RBO to RBI Change of Edge CW/RBI to RBO Change of Edge CCW/RBO-Three Turn (RBO to RFI) CCW/RFI-Double Twizzle CCW 

*difficult turns bolded

RBI-Rocker (RBI to RFI) CW/RFI-Counter (RFI to RBI) CW/RBI-Three Turn (RBI to RFO) CW/RFO-Kerrigan Spiral CW/RFO to RFI Change of Edge CCW/RFI-Three Turn (RFI to RBO) CCW/Triple Loop CCW/RBO-Choctaw (RBO to LFI) CCW

I uploaded an improved video of my Polina “Light of Seven” 3Lo transitions video on YouTube! There are more examples and better camera angles and video quality included. This is my favorite transition ever! So difficult and such insane speed and ice coverage! She covers the entire diagonal of the rink! 

Requirements
for Level 4 Step Sequence:

  • Complexity:
    Must include at least 11 difficult turns and steps. None of the
    types of turns and steps can be counted more than twice. 5 types of
    turns and steps must be executed in both directions.
  • Rotations
    in either direction (left and right) with full body rotation
    covering at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational
    direction
  • Use
    of body movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Two
    different combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet
    executed with a clear rhythm within the sequence. Only the first
    combination attempted on each foot can be counted.

Nathan
Chen’s 2019 Worlds FS Step Sequence:

  • 14
    difficult steps/turns attempted. 12 difficult steps/turns attempted
    when only two of each step/turn are counted. 6 types of steps/turns
    in both directions attempted.
  • Rotations
    in either direction (left and right) with full body rotation
    covering at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational
    direction
  • Use
    of body movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Two
    different combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet
    attempted
  • Left
    foot cluster: LFO-Rocker (LFO to LBO)
    CCW/
    LBO-Counter (LBO to LFO) CCW/LFO-Twizzle
    CCW (questionable)
  • Right
    foot cluster: RFO-Rocker (RFO to RBO)
    CW/
    RBO-Counter (RBO to RFO) CW/RFO-Twizzle
    CW

I
find the LFI-Rocker, LFO-Twizzle, RBI-Loop, RFO-Bracket, RFI-Bracket,
and RFO-Choctaw questionable. I wouldn’t count the LFI-Rocker (LFI
to LBI) CW because the left back inside edge is not very clear, has a
very short exit curve, and quickly changes edge. This does not affect
the level though because he has another clean clockwise rocker
counted (RFO-Rocker). The LFO-Twizzle is 2.5 rotations in total.
Rotation 1 to 1.5 looks hopped and the rotations don’t seem very
clean (the blade seems to rock back and forth a bit) from rotation 1 to 2 and like they turn into checked three turns. I wouldn’t
count this, so his counter-clockwise twizzle and the left foot
cluster would be invalidated, meaning he wouldn’t meet the “Two
different combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet
executed with a clear rhythm within the sequence. Only the first
combination attempted on each foot can be counted.” feature and
wouldn’t get level 4. However, singles skating tends to be vague
and quite lenient. Like there is no specified amount of rotations
need in the twizzle and Nathan’s first rotation in the twizzle is
clean, so they might give him the cluster and still give him level 4.
Singles tech panels really only don’t give twizzles if the skater
stumbles out of them. His blade doesn’t stay on the ice in the
RBI-Loop, so I wouldn’t credit that and he wouldn’t have a
clockwise loop. The right back inside exit edge of the RFO-Bracket
(RFO to RBI) CCW could be clearer and have a more prolonged exit
curve, but I think it would still be counted in singles skating. The
right back outside exit edge of the RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW could
also be clearer, but I also think this would be counted in singles
skating. The left back inside edge of the RFO-Swing Choctaw (RFO to
LBI) CCW is not very clear, has a very short exit curve, and changes
to a left back outside edge very quickly. So I wouldn’t count this,
but Nathan already counted a counter-clockwise choctaw (RFI-Choctaw)
earlier, so this wouldn’t affect the level. The Worlds tech panel
gave Nathan a level 4 and I can see how they overlooked the
LFO-Twizzle to still count the cluster and still give level 4.
Whether they counted the RBI-Loop or not, as long as they counted the
LFO-Twizzle, Nathan would only drop from 6 to 5 steps/turns in both
directions, which would still be enough for level 4. I personally
wouldn’t count the LFI-Rocker, LFO-Twizzle, RBI-Loop, or
RFO-Choctaw. I am questionable on both brackets, but would let them
pass by singles standards. This would result in me giving Nathan a
level 3 since the LFO-Twizzle not being counted would lead to the
left foot cluster not being counted and the LFO-Twizzle and RBI-Loop
not being counted would mean Nathan doesn’t have a clockwise loop
or counter-clockwise twizzle, meaning he only has 4 steps/turns in
both directions instead of the required 5. He would have 10
steps/turns when only two of each type of step/turns are counted,
which is enough to meet level 3 requirements (9 steps/turns when only
two of each are counted).

Gifs of each step/turn are under the cut:

LFI-Rocker (LFI to LBI) CW: I wouldn’t count this because the left back inside exit edge is basically flat, the exit curve is very short, and he changes edge and puts down his free leg very quickly. This does not affect the step sequence level though because he has another clean clockwise rocker (RFO-Rocker).

LBO-Choctaw (LBO to RFI) CW to RFI-Choctaw (RFI to LBO) CCW: This is a very typical singles skating double choctaw. The left back outside entry edge could be clearer and and the free leg could be picked up more (though I’ve actually seen worse when it comes to singles skaters picking up their free legs on double choctaws). But these get counted by singles’ technical panels and I’ve seen these done worse than Nathan does here, yet still get counted.

LFO-Rocker (LFO to LBI) CCW + LBO-Counter (LBO to LFO) CCW + LFO-Twizzle with 2.5 Rotations CCW: The rocker and counter are clean. I wouldn’t count the twizzle because rotation 1 to 1.5 looks hopped and the rotations don’t seem very clean (the blade seems to rock back and forth a bit) from rotation 1 to 2 and like they turn into checked three turns.

RFO-Rocker (RFO to RBO) CW + RBO-Counter (RBO to RFO) CW + RFO-Twizzle CW: Bad angle, but the right foot cluster looks clean

LFO-Loop CCW: Clean

RBI-Loop CW: I wouldn’t count this because it looks like the right back inside edge isn’t maintained well and like his blade doesn’t stay completely on the ice

RFO-Bracket (RFO to RBI) CCW: The right back inside exit edge could be clearer, but I think it’s enough to get credit in singles skating

RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW: The right back outside edge could be clearer, but I think this bracket is also enough to get credit in singles skating

RFO-Swing Choctaw (RFO to LBI) CCW: The left back inside exit edge is not very clear, has a very short exit curve, and quickly changes to a left back outside edge, so I wouldn’t count this, but Nathan already counted a counter-clockwise choctaw (RFI-Choctaw) earlier, so this wouldn’t affect the level.

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Requirements for
Level 4 Step Sequence:

  • Complexity:
    Must include at least 11 difficult turns and steps. None of the
    types of turns and steps can be counted more than twice. 5 types of
    turns and steps must be executed in both directions.
  • Rotations in
    either direction (left and right) with full body rotation covering
    at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational direction
  • Use of body
    movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Two different
    combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet executed with a
    clear rhythm within the sequence. Only the first combination
    attempted on each foot can be counted.

Nathan Chen’s 2019
Worlds SP Step Sequence:

  • 15 difficult
    steps/turns attempted. 12 difficult steps/turns when only two of
    each step/turn are counted attempted. 5 types of steps/turns in both
    directions attempted.
  • Rotations in
    either direction (left and right) with full body rotation covering
    at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational direction
  • Use of body
    movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Two different
    combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet executed with a
    clear rhythm within the sequence. Only the first combination
    attempted on each foot can be counted.
  • Right foot
    cluster: RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW/RBO-Counter
    (RBO to RFO) CW/
    RFO-Rocker (RFO to RBO) CW
  • Left foot
    cluster: LFO-Rocker (LFO to LBO) CCW/LBO-Counter
    (LBO to LFO) CCW/
    LFO-Loop CCW

I personally
wouldn’t count the LFI-Rocker, RBI-Rocker, or the LFI-Bracket. The
LFI-Rocker’s exit curve is very short and the left back inside edge
is initially flat before he pushes off on inside edge to go into the
RFO-Twizzle. The RBI-Rocker and LFI-Bracket both have flat entry
edges. The LFI-Rocker and RFI-Rocker don’t affect the level though
because neither are done in a cluster and he has a clean clockwise
rocker with the RFO-Rocker. The LFI-Bracket not being counted would
drop the step sequence to a level 3 since he would no longer have a
counter-clockwise bracket counted, meaning he would only have 4 types
of steps/turns in both directions instead of 5. The Worlds tech panel
did count the bracket and give him a level 4 though. But if the panel
was harsher, I would recommend doing one of the choctaws clockwise/on
the left foot (he does 2 counter-clockwise/on the right foot), so
that he attempts 6 types of steps/turns in both directions and would
still have 5, if the bracket wasn’t counted.

Gifs of each step/turn are under the cut:

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LFI-Rocker (LFI to LBI) CW: The exit curve is very short & the left back inside edge is initially flat before he pushes off an inside edge to go into the RFO-Twizzle. I wouldn’t count this, but it doesn’t affect the level since he has another clean clockwise rocker (RFO-Rocker).

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RFO-Twizzle CW: Clean

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Clean right foot
cluster: RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW/RBO-Counter
(RBO to RFO) CW/
RFO-Rocker (RFO to RBO) CW 

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RFI-Open Choctaw (RFI to LBO) CCW: clean

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LFO-Twizzle CCW: clean

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Clean left foot cluster:
LFO-Rocker (LFO to LBO) CCW/LBO-Counter
(LBO to LFO) CCW/
LFO-Loop CCW

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RBI-Loop CW: 

I’m not completely sure if the blade stays entirely on the ice, but it’s singles skating, so I’ll give the benefit of doubt.

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LFI-Bracket (LFI to LBO) CCW: The left forward inside entry edge of is clearly flat, so I wouldn’t count this. This would drop the step sequence to a level 3 since he would no longer have a counter-clockwise bracket counted, meaning he would only have 4 types of steps/turns in both directions instead of 5.

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RBI-Rocker (RBI to RFI) CW to RFI-Counter (RFI to RBI) CW: The right back inside entry edge of the RBI-Rocker is flat and the blade doesn’t stay entirely on the ice when turning from right back inside to right forward inside edge during the rocker. I wouldn’t count the rocker, but it doesn’t matter for the level, since he already has a clean clockwise rocker (RFO-Rocker). The edges in the RFI-Counter could be clearer, but it’s probably enough to count in singles skating. It doesn’t matter anyways whether it’s counted or not since he already has a clean clockwise counter (RBO-Counter).

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RFO-Swing Choctaw (RFO to LBI) CCW: Clean

I made a video of Yuzuru’s “Let’s Go Crazy” short program’s crazy jump transitions 😀

I have been asked about common errors in steps/turns before. This is a very common one foot turn section in ice dance: RFO-Rocker (RFO to RBO) CW/RBO to RBI Change of Edge CW/RBI-Counter (RBI to RFI) CCW/RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW/RBO to RBI Change of Edge CW/RBI-Double Twizzle CW

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There are 2 clear errors that would invalidate both the RBI-Counter (RBI to RFI) CCW & the RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW: 

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1) Charlie hops the RBI-Counter 

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2) Both Meryl & Charlie have very flat right forward inside edges (the exit of the RBI-Counter & the entry of the RFI-Bracket)

I’m highlighting those errors because I think they are pretty clear in any skating discipline. By ice dance standards there are also:

Meryl and Charlie right back outside edge exit of RFO-Rocker. This would be fine for singles or pairs, but this is ice dance so 🤮

Meryl and Charlie right back inside edge entry of RBI-Double. Both are flat, especially Meryl 🤮🤮🤮 I don’t think singles/pairs tech panels care much about the entry edge of twizzles though and just that doesn’t turn into checked three turn or pirouette, but this is ice dance so 🤮🤮🤮

Requirements for
Level 4 Step Sequence:

  • Complexity:
    Must include at least 11 difficult turns and steps. None of the
    types of turns and steps can be counted more than twice. 5 types of
    turns and steps must be executed in both directions.
  • Rotations in
    either direction (left and right) with full body rotation covering
    at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational direction
  • Use of body
    movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Two different
    combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet executed with a
    clear rhythm within the sequence. Only the first combination
    attempted on each foot can be counted.

Mikhail Kolyada’s
“Nightingale Tango” Step Sequence:

  • 14 difficult
    steps/turns attempted. 12 difficult steps/turns when only 2 of each
    step/turn are counted. 6 types of steps and turns in both
    directions.
  • Rotations in
    either direction (left and right) with full body rotation covering
    at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational direction
  • Use of body
    movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Right foot
    cluster: RFI-Counter (RFI to RBI) CW/RBI-Rocker
    (RBI to RFI) CW/
    RFI-Bracket (RFI to RBO) CW
  • Left foot
    cluster: LBI-Rocker (LBI to LFI) CCW/LFI-Bracket
    (LFI to LBO) CCW/
    LBO-Counter (LBO to LFO)
    CCW/LFO-Choctaw (LFO to RBI) CW/RBI-Loop CW

Requirements for
Level 4 Step Sequence:

  • Must include
    at least 5 different types of turns and 3 different types of steps
    all executed at least once in both directions. None of the types of
    turns and steps can be counted more than twice. “Both directions”
    refers to rotational direction not only for turns, but also for
    steps, e.g. mohawks, choctaws, chassés, change of edge. Skating
    forward and skating backward is not a change of rotational
    direction.
  • Rotations in
    either direction (left and right) with full body rotation covering
    at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational direction
  • Use of upper
    body movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Two different
    combinations of 3 difficult turns (rockers, counters, brackets,
    twizzles, loops) executed with a clear rhythm within the sequence

Mao Asada’s
“Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2” Step Sequence:

  • 6 types of
    turns in both directions: Three Turn, Twizzle, Bracket, Loop,
    Counter, Rocker
  • 4 types of
    steps in both directions: Toe Steps, Chasse, Choctaw, Change of Edge
  • Rotations in
    either direction (left and right) with full body rotation covering
    at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational direction
  • Use of upper
    body movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
  • Right foot
    cluster: RFO-Twizzle CW/RBI-Rocker
    (RBI to RFI) CW/
    RFI-Counter (RFI to RBI) CW
  • Left foot
    cluster: LBO to LBI Change of Edge CCW/LBI-Rocker
    (LBI to LFI) CCW/
    LFI-Bracket (LFI to LBO)
    CCW/
    LBO-Counter (LBO to LFO) CCW/LFO-Loop
    CCW

It’s about M/C’s OfSt, can you gif the three turn bw the bracket and rocker plz? I can’t recognize it. Thank you so much !!!!!

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Here you go. It is a LFI-Three Turn (LFI to LBO) CW. They enter on left forward inside edges curving clockwise, turn clockwise, and exit on left back outside edges curving clockwise.

Extremely rare one foot step sequence from McNamara/Carpenter: LFI-Counter (LFI to LBI) CCW/LBI-Bracket (LBI to LFO) CW/LFO to LFI Change of Edge CW/LFI-Three Turn (LFI to LBO) CW/LBO-Rocker (LBO to LFO) CW/LFO-Three Turn (LFO to LBI) CCW/LBI-Double Twizzle CCW