Welcome to the Technical Figure Skating Page! The purpose of this page is to provide multimedia resources to give a better understanding of the technical aspects of figure skating. This is accomplished in several ways. The first way is by providing AVI movie clips and multi frame GIF images of all the major jumps, spins, jump spins, and extras. The second way is by providing links to other sources of technical information, such as books, magazines, and videos. There is a page dedicated to a discussion on skating equipment and where to find it on the net. The last way is by sharing my own observations and insights based on many years of skating experience.
The other reason for putting these pages together is to provide brilliant commentary, insight, and unusual material that you wouldn't normally get to see. In other words, if you want to make it through these pages then you have to put up with my desire to inflict creative writing on you. Parents may want to screen these pages first before turning your kids loose. Things can get mildly ribald at times, which is why TFS is primarily for adults. That's why this is the best darn skating page on the web. If you take any of this too seriously, then you will be condemned to buff Dick Button's head between periods at Tonya Harding's next minor league hockey appearence.
Who Are These Pages For?
Skaters: You can use the media player that comes with your computer to play these files forwards, backwards, slow motion, fast motion, or a frame at a time. In addition to having complete control over the way you study these clips, they are much better than video tape because you can organize the files on your computer and call them up instantly rather than having to do a cumbersome search through a tape. You can also open multiple video players to view different clips side by side at the same time.
I have found it extrordinarily useful to put up a clip of, say, Kurt Browning doing a toe loop right next to one of me doing the same jump and playing them simultaneously. I can see every minor difference and nuance in technique. Seeing a professional do the same thing right next to yourself makes your mistakes as obvious as a Peggy Fleming bad hair day. If you are a techno geek it is well worth your time investing a couple hundred dollars in a video digitizer and making your own clips of the skater in your family. The cost is insignificant compared to other skating expenses and well worth it.
Neophytes: People new to skating are often confused by different jumps and spins. These files will help you to identify the major skating elements by sight. You can impress your friends by knowing a death drop is not a form of capital punishment in Texas. Read all about Nancy Kerrigan's Foot. Find out what Spinface is. If you've ever wondered how a camel can fly or why we shoot ducks then this is the place to be.
Viewing The Movie Clips
To view the AVI movie clips you can use the media player that comes with windows 3.1 or windows 95. I'm not sure if you can view AVI clips with a Quicktime viewer on a MacIntosh, but I've sucessfully viewed them using Quicktime v2.0.3 (or later) on a PC running windows 95. I would assume it would also work on a Mac. If you don't already have it, you can find Quicktime for the MAC and PCs at this site. This site contains links to all sorts of viewers and converters. If you have a SUN sparc station, xanim is a good viewer. If you have a VIC 20, TI 99, Atari, Commodore Pet, Apple II, PDP 11, or Univac then it's probably about time you got an upgrade.
No skating page would be complete without a link to the Queen of skating pages, frogaphile, and all around swell person Sandra Loosemore. I've actually met Sandra and can verify that she really exists and is not a CIA mole.
This page is best viewed with Navigator 3.0. I have no idea what it looks like on other browsers. Hopefully it doesn't look crappy. If it does then I completely disavow myself of the Technical Figure Skating page. If it doesn't look crappy then I take full credit and would appreciate some ego stroking at the address at the bottom.
All of the clips in these pages were reduced and compressed from very high quality 320 by 240 images. Although I tried to make the clips as good looking as possible, the compressed files are considerably lower quality than the originals. To make matters worse, I had to reduce most of the spins from 320 by 240 to 160 by 120 or else the file size would have been too unruly.
If you actually made it this far I'm greatly flattered and moderately concerned that you spend too much time on the net. Go outside and play. Build something. Give somebody a hug. Send me money.
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