Basic Figure Skating Spins (Techniques and Pictures)
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.
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
The basic forward upright one-foot spin is the first one-foot spin new figure skaters learn.
In a sit spin, the skater bends the skating knee while spinning and sits down during the spin. The free leg points out in front.
An attitude spin is an upright ice skating spin where the figure skater spins with the free leg in an attitude position.
In a layback spin, the skater bends backward while spinning. The free leg is held in the attitude position.
In a flying camel, the skater jumps from the forward camel position, changes feet, and spins on the other leg in a back camel.
Flying Sit Spin
The flying sit spin is similar to a sit spin, but the skater first jumps into the air and then lands in the sit spin position and completes a sit spin.