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Figure Skating Elements: Camel spins
Having covered upright and layback spins, let’s move on to camel spins. Camel spins (marked as CSp on protocols) are defined as a spin where the free leg extends back and the knee is held at or above hip level. The body more-or-less forms a “T” shape. There are many variations on the basic camel spin; I have included some common positions in this post. Many of these positions can be done by both men and women, though the ones that require more flexibility are more commonly seen in ladies’ skating.
Basic camel spin: Taka’s free leg extends straight backwards, forming a straight line with his torso. His torso and head are facing downwards/sideways and his body forms a T shape.
Layover camel spin: The torso and head are turned upwards to face the ceiling.
Bent-leg layover camel: Yuna’s head and torso are turned upwards in a layover position and her free leg is bent.
Flying camel spin: The skater “jumps” into the spin. Taka takes off on his left outside edge, lands on his right blade and spins in the camel position. Flying camels are marked as “FCSp” on protocols. Flying entrances are common for camel and sit spins, not so common for upright spins.
Catchfoot camel spin: If you’ve seen the spiral post, the catchfoot position should be familiar to you. Mirai’s left arm reaches behind her to hold her right foot (it can also be done the other way around) while her torso remains mostly parallel to/facing the ice. The difference between a catchfoot camel and some “half-Biellmann” positions can be murky. Adelina performs an unusual variation where her torso faces upward and she uses both arms to hold her free leg right above her.
Donut spin: The skater starts in a normal camel position, then grabs and pulls their free leg towards their head, forming a horizontal “donut” shape parallel to the ice.
Illusion spin: The torso and free leg form a straight line, but the angle between the grounded leg and the rest of the body is not 90 degrees. As a result, the skater’s head goes up and down as they spin. These spins are very hard to balance.
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