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The Pro Shop / Re: Arm and shoulder padding/protection
« Last post by lutefisk on February 09, 2018, 01:56:59 PM »
I wear an Ice Halo (google the name, made in Canada).  For me it is more secure (less wobbly) than the hard shell Bern (brand name) helmet which I briefly used when returning to skating after a head injury at the rink.  Ice Halos come in two versions:  the standard and the HD (high density).  I have one of each.  Both have been effective during subsequent falls.  If you do go the hard helmet route my suggestion is to get one without a brim on the front.  A brim, even a short one, tends to direct you line of sight down rather than ahead while skating.  Looking down on the ice tips your head (an extra 10 lbs or so) forward which gets you up on your toe picks.  A lot of people don't like the look of safety head gear but I'm completely over the question of "does this ice halo make my head look fat?"  I wear it every time I skate including test sessions.
The Pro Shop / Re: Dance Socks for Off-Ice Spin Practice
« Last post by Bill_S on February 09, 2018, 11:50:41 AM »
All I need is a larger kitchen floor.

(Thanks for the suggestion. It sounds very easy to try.)
The Pro Shop / Re: Arm and shoulder padding/protection
« Last post by Nikita on February 09, 2018, 11:43:25 AM »
What about a helmet to protect your head, one of the most important parts of your body to protect? 

I’ll be looking for a helmet soon! Thank you :)
Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Nathan Chen meltdown - Oly team event
« Last post by Bill_S on February 09, 2018, 11:42:35 AM »
And on the other hand, the team event is a place to get the bugs worked out, and to get used to performing in an Olympic public venue.

If I were competing, I'd prefer it as a kind of practice "warm-up" (with spectators) for the individual events.

I'm putting bets on Nathan getting it together for what counts. I wonder if I'll match my lottery picks here?  ;)
The Pro Shop / Dance Socks for Off-Ice Spin Practice
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 09, 2018, 11:31:56 AM »
Saw this promoted on FB this morning:

Q: What would happen if I just tied a strip of lycra around my sneaker at the ball of the foot?  Could I spin on my smooth kitchen floor?
A: YES!  It works fine - I could do forward and backward spins.

Because it has more friction than a spin trainer, the turns are slower, which lets the skater stay in control.  The skater has to balance more, which is always a good thing.  It allows you to put the weight ont he actual ball of your foot, not in the center the way that dance turn boards.

It's a step up from spinning in your socks because the sneakers provide support.  Definitely a cheap way to do off-ice spin practice.

You could probably cut the toe off a pair of socks and get the same result.

In fairness, the product they're selling is more refined than my ratty, uneven strip of lycra from my scrap bag.  It's also a sock-like material.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Nathan Chen meltdown - Oly team event
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 09, 2018, 11:09:21 AM »
There used to be a running joke that the Russian skaters were soooo good in the 1970's because their training ice was soooo bad.  When they hit well-groomed ice, they were monsters!  Can't wait to see what happens during the Mens Short next week.

I think the ice during the Team Mens event was soft and slow - it seemed to throw off all the Mens skaters.  Watching the warmups, I felt they were all skating sort of slow compared to what I've seen in person at US Nationals.  The diva squad felt it was the morning performance time making them seem sluggish, but it looked to me that the landings were all "sticky."  It was as if the toepick was going into the ice so deeply that they couldn't pull onto the BO landing edge.

In my mind, if the event I've spent half my life working towards is coming later in the Olympics, I'm not going all out for the Team event taking place before Opening Ceremonies.  Too much risk of getting hurt or burning out before the "real" event.  Just mho.

I think the Team event would be better if we were seeing different skaters than we're going to see later in the individual events but that would require a rule change because no country's going to send anyone but their best skaters to either event. 

Rink Roundups / Re: Skating in southern South Korea
« Last post by Bill_S on February 09, 2018, 10:50:32 AM »
Sampaguita: Interesting report. I'm surprised that the basics aren't stressed as much as spins and jumps. I'd have guessed that the zen-like practice of basic movement would have greater appeal there.

It's sad to see a skater who jumps and spins, but moves across the ice in a clumsy fashion and can't hold an edge. I'd rather see solid basics in any skater.
Spectator Skating Discussions / Nathan Chen meltdown - Oly team event
« Last post by Bill_S on February 09, 2018, 10:36:40 AM »
I was disheartened to see Nathan Chen do so poorly in his short for the team event. It looked to be a classic case of nerves.

I wonder how much the hype before the games in ad spots, Olympic promotions, interviews, etc. can feed into that? Seems to me that if you see yourself held up as "the man to beat", these expectations can increase fear of failure. After all, the guy's only 18.

I know from my own skating tests that the jitters are something real to overcome, and they can affect performance mightily. For Nathan, the pressure is a magnitude greater than my moves tests done in a mostly empty rink. It really doesn't surprise me that his meltdown happened.

Media Center / Figure Skating TV Schedule (US)
« Last post by Isk8NYC on February 09, 2018, 09:42:14 AM »
Since the Olympics are underway, check out Heather W's Figure Skating TV schedule to tune in for all the action:
Rink Roundups / Re: Skating in southern South Korea
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 09, 2018, 09:27:59 AM »
The cost is also reasonable -- I paid KRW130,000 for four 30-minute lessons, including ice time.

The exchange rate of KRW=>USD came up in an internet search with:

"130,000 South Korean Won converts to 119.45 US Dollar"

I thought that was for a single half-hour lesson and thought "Wow.  Am I coaching in the wrong country!"  lol

($30/30 mins. is the average rate for a mid-level experienced coach here in the US.)
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