Skating Fridays

More Death, Less Spiral

One of the elements that my pairs partner and I have been hard at work on is the death spiral. For our Adult Silver Pairs test, I had my leg in a classic spiral position, so I was upright on my skating leg.

For an actual death spiral, the lady should be closer to the surface of the ice. I think the rules state that her hips should be below her shoulders.

Although we are still trying to figure out the mechanics on our own, the only way to practice this element is to do it. My planking position has improved, but I need to learn how not to drop my entire body like a dead weight on the ice. Both my partner and I need to make sure we have enough tension (and speed/momentum) to keep this rotating for 1 full revolution.

We’re getting closer to a real death spiral. I mean, I’m practically cleaning the ice with my leg at this point. Now the hard part – how on earth do I get up from this position?


  1. June
    December 17, 2021 / 4:58 pm

    Why get up? Just carry a pillow, and when you come to a stop, you can take a nap!

    • evabakes
      December 17, 2021 / 10:10 pm

      I like that idea, June!

  2. December 18, 2021 / 8:37 am

    Getting there! I’ve heard that speed makes these easier, but I have never tried one, so would only trust those who have!

    • evabakes
      December 18, 2021 / 6:18 pm

      We are deathly afraid of speed as a pairs team 🤣🤣

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