Basic 4 Figure Skating

Yesterday I passed Basic Skills Level 4 in figure skating. I have been trying to pass this level for at least three years so it feels like a real accomplishment. I posted about passing on Facebook and now realize a lot of people who responded don’t have nay idea what I am talking about.

Here is what you have to do to pass  Basic 4:

Forward outside edges on a circle both right and left. This means  if you are skating counter-clockwise, you would skate on your left leg while lifting your right leg. If you are skating clockwise, it would be your left leg that you would lift while skating on your right.

Forward inside edges also on a circle – both right and left. Skating counter-clockwise you lift your left leg while you skate on your right. Skating clockwise you do the reverse.

Forward crossovers on a circle both clockwise and counter-clockwise. This involves taking your outside leg and crossing it over the inside leg. It is not that easy,

Backward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle in both directions. Going counter-clockwise your right leg is on the outside and makes a backward c as you are moving. Clockwise it is your left leg that does the pump.

Backward on-foot glides – both right and left – Going in a straight line you skate backwards on one foot.

Beginning two-foot spin.

That is what I had to do to pass. although I passed I will continue to work on all of these elements because there is still room for improvement.

If you go on YouTube, you can see video  of all of these elements.

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