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Media Center / Man in tutu and penis pouch invades the ice at OLympics
« Last post by AgnesNitt on Today at 09:39:33 PM »
Safe for work remarkably. His dick's stuffed in a toy monkey's head. His behind is covered in pink tulle.

Before anyone yell's "think of the children" at me, remember this is an ADULT skater's site/

In German

https://www.thecut.com/2018/02/streaker-in-tutu-crashed-winter-olympics-2018.html
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Media Center / Re: The Quint
« Last post by AgnesNitt on Today at 09:29:12 PM »
Axel Paulsen performed the first axel in speed skates in 1882.

It's not necessarily all about the skates.

Probably it's more about the ice consistency.

For example, Vern Taylor landed the first triple in competition in Ottowa in the 78 Olympics on indoor ice. Dick Button could land a triple earlier (he landed a double as early as the 48 Olympics on outdoor ice) if my memory serves he didn't land the triple at St Moritz because of the risk of not having a clean program. But I'm willing to be corrected.
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Media Center / Re: The Quint
« Last post by sampaguita on Today at 08:59:30 PM »
Interesting. I've also wondered why you can't have bouncy soles on skates. Maybe changing the skates will really push the sports. Years ago, triples would have been impossible on skates *during that time*.
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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Back-loading IJS Programs
« Last post by tstop4me on Today at 09:03:39 AM »
They should make the bonus increase linearly as you go through the program.  I used to think it would be hard to figure out when the jump occurred, but recently they started showing the technical panel's calls on live TV.  The calls show up in a couple of seconds.  That should be accurate enough.  The slope could be adjusted until the best strategy is to spread your jumps out.
<<Emphasis added>>  By this I assume you mean the bonus is not a constant 10% for the last half of the program, but increases as a function of time.  I don't see how this would encourage skaters to spread their jumps out:  on the contrary, they would backload their jumps even further into the program.  Imagine what programs coaches and choreographers would cook up if you were to have the following bonus structure (to simplify the example, I've divided the program into 4 quarters, and maintained a constant bonus for each quarter):

1st quarter:  0%
2nd quarter:  5%
3rd quarter:  10%
4th quarter:  20%

It would be interesting to have a program choreographed to the 1812 Overture, with the cannonade during the 4th quarter, and jumps synchronized to the cannonade.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Arm and shoulder padding/protection
« Last post by Leif on Today at 04:52:48 AM »
I wear padding for ice hockey, of course, but also during public sessions. I wear ForceField Tubes on my knees which go under tracksuit bottoms and most people do not realise I am wearing them. I also wear a Demon Pro padded shorts with a D30 coccyx pad. They also go under trousers, and others do not know I wear them. I can not recommend the shorts too highly. A fall on the rear is painful, but the pain goes within a minute, and I can carry on skating as before. Previously I fell on my backside and I was almost off work the next day due to severe coccyx pain. It took a week before I was walking properly. I know Query says you can learn to fall, but there are occasional falls onto the backside that will happen, the ones when you skate slowly are the worst as gravity will pull you down. When moving at speed, you can spread yourself out to spread the impact. I also wear ProTec Street elbow pads which are cheap and effective. I do have ForceField tubes for my elbows, but they are less comfortable. A year ago I was falling all the while, due I think to oversized skates. After hitting my head on the ice, and leaving a smear of blood, I bought a skateboarding helmet. I don’t wear the helmet any more as once I got correctly fitting skates, I stopped falling backwards.

I am a hockey skater, and yes I take a risk not wearing a helmet in public sessions, but I do not do dangerous moves. Figure skaters on the other hand do some scary stuff.

Curiously some friends have bought pads after hearing about mine. One wears knee pads and a ForceField back protector. Another wears knee and coccyx pads. Some older figure skaters also wear pads, though I did not know until I spoke to them.

Frankly I would never skate without pads, serious accidents are rare, but why risk a nasty bruise, or even a potentially life changing injury? As for competitive figure skaters in the Olympics, I find it scary just watching them.
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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Back-loading IJS Programs
« Last post by nicklaszlo on February 23, 2018, 07:56:33 PM »
They should make the bonus increase linearly as you go through the program.  I used to think it would be hard to figure out when the jump occurred, but recently they started showing the technical panel's calls on live TV.  The calls show up in a couple of seconds.  That should be accurate enough.  The slope could be adjusted until the best strategy is to spread your jumps out.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: normal skating level for a teen?
« Last post by nicklaszlo on February 23, 2018, 07:50:42 PM »
Hi.  Just wondering what would be the "normal" approximate level for a competitive 13 or 14 year old girl, who does singles and has been skating for 7 years?
Is she enjoying it?  If so, then it's normal.

Quantity and quality of practice are the most important things for improving skating.  Age and number of years skated are not so important.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: normal skating level for a teen?
« Last post by Sibelius on February 23, 2018, 05:06:54 PM »
I thought they were excellent questions that lined up for an easy set of answers.  I thought the OP would be interested, and maybe others as well for reference purposes in the future.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / What do you pack for a competition?
« Last post by Vicki7 on February 23, 2018, 05:01:57 PM »
I'm going to my first competition away from my home rink. I'll be away for 6 nights total. I'm starting to think about packing and it feels like there's so much to remember!

I was hoping to get everything into a carry on sized suitcase, with some stuff in my skate bag if need be. But I've realised I'm not sure what I should be taking, beyond the basics of skates, dresses, other clothes etc.

I'm travelling around 300 miles, by train with 2 changes en route.

So, lovely skaters, what do you pack for an out of town competition?

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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: normal skating level for a teen?
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 23, 2018, 04:33:03 PM »
I wasn't taking a survey - those are the questions I ask families, usually in a more roundabout way.  When a skater says "(Skater A) and I have been skating the same amount of time and she's so far (ahead/behind) me..." my reply is to compare training plans.  It really opens their eyes to the need for consistent practices.
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