Basic Figure Skating Spins (Techniques and Pictures)

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Here are some of the basic ice skating spins. Many of the spins advanced figure skaters do are variations of the basic figure skating spins listed below.

Scratch Spin

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One of the most basic spins figure skaters do is the forward scratch spin. During that spin, the free foot and free leg crosses over the skating leg. Sometimes the skater seems to almost become a blur since a scratch spin can spin so fast.

One Foot Upright Spin

A girl doing a basic Upright One Foot Spin

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The basic forward upright one-foot spin is the first one-foot spin new figure skaters learn.

Attitude Spin

Attitude Position illustration

Illustration by Larisa Gendernalik

An attitude spin is an upright ice skating spin where the figure skater spins with the free leg in an attitude position.


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