Skating Fridays

Pairs Death Spiral Attempt

My pairs partner and I are upping our game. We know that in order to be competitive at the Adult Silver Pairs level, we need to have some more difficult elements. One such element is the death spiral. While the rulebook states that a spiral position is perfectly acceptable for the lady (and the pivot position is optional for the man), we’d like to have an actual death spiral in our arsenal.

So how does one even get into one of these things? Unfortunately, there isn’t a great way to practice these on land. One of my partner’s friends (who has skated pairs) told us that the lady needs to have a super strong core and work on side planks. In addition, we need to have a lot of tension in our arms so that the spiral keeps going. Otherwise, lack of tension = splat on the ice.

I’ll be honest – I was very scared to try one of these and was afraid I’d hit my head. I did prepare myself by wearing some butt pads, and after a few attempts, it wasn’t as scary as I thought.

No, this isn’t correct yet, but we’re only on Day 2 of attempts. I don’t think it’s too bad – what do you think?


  1. November 19, 2021 / 6:40 pm

    Oh Eva, you are brave! I’ll admit that those pairs moves terrify me even to watch. Cheers to you and your partner for your daring.

    • evabakes
      November 20, 2021 / 7:40 pm

      I was worried about it for a few days and seriously pondered wearing a bike helmet!

  2. Wynne
    December 8, 2021 / 10:05 am

    You make it look fun!

    I wear an ice halo all the time–the one that covers the entire head. I look like Such a Dork, but I need the confidence boost. When I once had a bad head-whack and realized I might not be able to drive myself home, I went for a helmet.

    • evabakes
      December 8, 2021 / 2:11 pm

      That’s really smart of you to wear a Halo. I know some adult skaters wear the Crasche brand headgear (they look like knitted caps). I always wear a butt pad and look huge, but it’s saved me from getting seriously injured! Safety first!

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