Pair skating is one of the most spectacular and risky types of figure skating. Supports and emissions make the audience hold their breath while watching programs. And today we will talk about one of the most elegant elements of pair skating - todes, or Death Spiral in English.
Todes is an element of pair figure skating, during the execution of which the partner, sliding on one leg, describes a spiral around the partner, and the partner is in the "compass" position.
Todes is an obligatory element of the short program, although it changes the type from season to season. In the 2020/21 season, for both seniors and juniors, a forward-inward todes is mandatory - when the partner slides forward on the inner edge of the blade.
In addition, in the free program, adult athletes must perform a todes that is different in type from the one that was performed in the short program. That is, for example, if in a short song it is performed forward-inward, then in an arbitrary it can be a todes back-outward.
How to read the notation of the todes in the protocol?
Todes is divided into four types, depending on the edge on which the partner slides. That is, it can be inside or outside todes, back or forward.
In the competition protocol it will be like this: the todes itself is designated Ds (deathspiral). Add a designation for back-outside Bo (back-outside), and then add level 2. It turns out BoDs2 - Todes back-out of the second level.
What are the main features of a todes?
During the execution of the todes, the girl should be in a position in which her head is at or below the knee of the sliding leg. If this requirement is not met, the element will not be counted. During the execution of the todes on the inner rib, the partner forms a large deflection of the body, while during the execution of the todes on the outer rib, the line between the knee of the supporting leg and the head may be more straight.
The man should be in the position of a compass: the knees are clearly bent, the free arm is extended, the tooth is stuck. The partner's buttocks should be no higher than their supporting leg.
These positions must be held for at least one full revolution to be valid. The countdown begins from the moment when the toe of the partner's supporting leg was stuck into the ice, and ends when either the girl or the man comes out of a low position - that is, begins to get up.
How can you increase the level of the todes?
After all the basic requirements are met, athletes tend to complicate the element in order to get high scores for it. In the case of a todes, this can be done in several ways.
The first is to increase the number of revolutions. Each turn gives an additional level. However, it is worth remembering that only full turns made in a low, correct position by both partners are considered. If a partner or a partner loses a position, the turnover count ends, even if after that the position was returned.
The second way is a difficult entry or exit from the element. The ISU Judges Guide defines a difficult run as a position that affects stability and balance.
It can be both creative and unusual elements, and such classic positions as a spiral, a boat or a pistol. However, it is important that the complicating element is performed directly on the curve of the approach to the todes, without pauses and gaps - otherwise it will not be counted.
The same is with the exit - “exit” starts to be counted when the partner begins to bend the holding hand, and ends when the partner assumes an upright position.
Changing hands and grabs during a performance is permitted in today's rules, but does not add a level of difficulty.
In which performance to watch?
Among the acting couples are the canonical todes of the Chinese - Wenjing Sui and Tsun Han, as well as the Russian couple Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov.
Todes performed by the 2018 Olympic champions Alena Savchenko and Bruno Masso are always full of original, sometimes on the verge of legal, entries and exits from the element. And Olympic champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov always perform this element with special grace and grace.
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