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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: normal skating level for a teen?
« Last post by Jf12 on Today at 05:31:21 PM »
Everyone progresses at a different rate. What level you compete at, if you are participating in US figure skating, depends on what tests you’ve passed.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: 2018 Summer Adult Skate Camps
« Last post by Jf12 on Today at 05:29:33 PM »
It seems like it doesn’t overlap with the kids camp again this year.  I heard from someone that this was the case last year and a lot of ice and coaches that were normally there were unavailable.  Does anyone have an opinion on this?
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / normal skating level for a teen?
« Last post by ThinKaRma on Today at 03:23:50 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? 
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Media Center / Re: The Quint
« Last post by Query on Today at 12:42:45 AM »
Additional reasons why I think quints will eventually be possible:

I forgot to include advances in medicine:

1. Presumably the main limiting factor is the strength of the body - primarily bones, ligaments, and muscles.

2. Improvements are being made in athletic and kinesio tape taping techniques, which use external tape to reinforce internal body parts. That won't help the muscles - although elastic tape, such as across the front of the knee and the back of the ankle, might be used to store some energy for the beginning of the jump, and to absorb impact at the end.

3. On top of this, if I understand correctly, surgical repair techniques for fractured bones and torn muscles and ligaments are improving. In some cases, people claim that the repairs are stronger than the original undamaged tissue. We are a long ways from creating the "Bionic man" and the "Bionic women" - but perhaps we are at the point of being able to sufficiently reinforce such tissues that one could perhaps stop worrying as much about breaking or tearing anything. If not, we will get there. And again, you must eventually be able to increase elastic forces inside muscles to effectively store more energy in those muscles, that can be released when you contract those muscles.

4. I don't know if the G forces associated with the aerial spins would be great enough and long enough to cause unconsciousness - but the military folk worked out ways of partially solving that problem in fighter pilots long ago. First off, they can tense specific muscles. Second, they wear G-suits - which are more or less comparable to compression underwear - something that many athletes already use, for other athletic reasons. We can't wear anything as bulky or heavy as what pilots wear - but we probably don't need to, as I doubt the G forces are anywhere near as big.

5. In short, the problems associated with generating fast aerial spins for more difficult jumps is to some extent transition from being a pure physical training problem - which might or might not be sufficient - into an engineering problem, involving improved medical taping, surgery, and taping and surgical materials, which makes it inevitable that it WILL be solved.

In fact, these things will revolutionize all athletic activities, not just figure skating. It WILL happen.

6. You can say that sports organizations could try to prevent these improvements, for example, by outlawing unnecessary surgery. But if an athlete deliberately pushes their body until it breaks or tears, that surgery then becomes medically necessary.

7. Some people claim that transgender females (as defined by current IOC rules) may perform better than cisgender females in certain sports, possibly including figure skating. IF that is true, then transgender females may be able to perform more difficult jumps (including quads) than cisgender females have been able to do - another area of effective medical enhancement.

8. Likewise, it seems obvious that genetic engineering will eventually produce better athletes than currently exist.
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The Pro Shop / Re: What size blade for EDEA Ice Fly 260?
« Last post by tstop4me on February 21, 2018, 10:36:05 PM »
I have never heard that before.  It would vary based on the skate model because some have soles that extend past the upper, others are smaller than the upper.  How would they mount the blade under your foot properly?
I agree, that blade-sizing procedure sounds bizarre.  Also, different boots have different heel pitches:  for the same size foot, the projected length onto the sole varies with heel pitch.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Riedell Skates
« Last post by Slowpoke on February 21, 2018, 10:21:06 PM »
I have the Motion 225s and they are holding up very well, and are very comfortable.  I weigh about 175 and skate almost every day.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / 2018 Summer Adult Skate Camps
« Last post by AgnesNitt on February 21, 2018, 10:12:19 PM »
Lake Placid Adult Skate Camp
June Adult Skating Weekend -June 21-24, 2018
August Adult Skating Week -August 19-25, 2018

Sun Valley Adult Skate Camp

13th Annual Adult Skaters Week, August 20 – 25

Anybody ever go to Sun Valley? Can you give us a report?
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The Pro Shop / Re: What size blade for EDEA Ice Fly 260?
« Last post by FigureSpins on February 21, 2018, 09:25:40 PM »
The last time I had to buy blades, the fitter told me the measurement of the blade should be the length of hour foot when measured with nothing on. My foot’s about 9 3/4, so I switched to the 9.75 (Coronation Ace) from 10.25 and it changed my life.
I have the Chorus 255 and it fits fine.

I have never heard that before.  It would vary based on the skate model because some have soles that extend past the upper, others are smaller than the upper.  How would they mount the blade under your foot properly?
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The Pro Shop / Edea Overture vs Chorus (or other recommendations)
« Last post by Nikita on February 21, 2018, 07:21:00 PM »
I’ve never tried on Edeas so I don’t know what the fit will be like. Looks like I also would have to order them in since there isn’t a shop near me with Edeas in stock. I’m a beginner (pre-alpha until the end of March), but a 4’11, 97 lb adult female. Since I’m only able to make it to the rink about 2.5 hours per week, I don’t see myself wearing them out that quickly. Based on experience, would you recommend the Overture or Chorus? Or should I go with another brand of boots entirely?

And does anyone here have blade preferences when it comes to either of those boots?
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The Pro Shop / Re: What size blade for EDEA Ice Fly 260?
« Last post by Nikita on February 21, 2018, 07:12:16 PM »
The last time I had to buy blades, the fitter told me the measurement of the blade should be the length of hour foot when measured with nothing on. My foot’s about 9 3/4, so I switched to the 9.75 (Coronation Ace) from 10.25 and it changed my life.
I have the Chorus 255 and it fits fine.


Wow that is interesting! Thanks for sharing that tip!
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