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6.2.12 Camel spin


This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.

6.2.12 Camel spin

The Camel spin is done in the spiral position, with the free leg
extended straight behind, turned out and raised to a position parallel
to the ice, the back arched and the head raised, arms held out to the
sides. The Camel spin is the most demanding of the basic spins in
terms of timing, the lack of which causes a very slow spin and poor
centering of the spin. Here are the basics.

When stepping into the spin (on a strong LFO edge), bend the knee
deeply and lean forward trying to place your chest on your thigh, only
keeping your back straight and head up, as in the sit-spin. Don't step
too wide. Then, all at the same time, sweep your left arm as if
clearing a table, rise up on your skating leg while raising your free
leg and ride the LFO edge until you are in position. This is where the
"snap" comes from to give you the rotation. Maintain the stretch
throughout the spin.

Here are a few tips:

-- When you step onto the skating foot to enter the spin, be on a good
edge (LFO). If you on on the flat of your blade, you will probably

-- Ride that edge into a strong curve, until you've scribed a bit of a
U-turn, where you will enter the spin itself. If you try to spin too
soon you may just 3-turn.

-- Bend your skating knee as you ride the edge, rising to a straight
leg position as you enter the actual spin.

-- Don't release your wound up left arm too soon as you enter the
spin, but also don't wait too long so that you whip it madly around at
the last minute. The arm should unfold to generate momentum as you are
rising up from your bent knee (when you are at the apex of the curve,
entering the U part). The arm moves over a period of time, not at an

-- The upper body should be pushed, forced CCW as you are moving your
arm. The arm and upper body (with the free leg coming up and around)
induce the spin. You can get a fast spin without a lot of speed on
entry if you coordinate the body well, but speed on entry doesn't hurt

-- Tricky part..You will get more control if you ride the entry edge
on the mid portion of the blade (feels like the back of the blade, but
I don't think it is). Then as you release the spin, rock forward to
the sweet spot to center the spin. This is not easy but it helps.


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