Forward inside Loop in figure skating
This figure differs from the curve eight especially in
his shape. The diameter and the basic principles of the figure are similar of
the forward outside Loop.
The push-off for the forward inside Loop also (MIF, Moves
in the Field) is identical to the forward inside circle.
We start the forward inside Loop on the right foot with
the right arm rather less in front, almost a square position. We skate on a
bent knee, the left leg turned out to
the inside of the circle and backward, the left shoulder and arm for the
forward inside loop are slightly
pressed to the back and we run into the
forward inside Loop in the direction of the point of start, the left leg is
always held at the back. At this moment, with the right skating knee strongly
bent for the forward inside Loop we bring the free foot in and follow it
through the tracing close beside the skating foot. The free leg for the forward
inside Loop moves to the front, accelerating the exit from the loop, at the
same time we must try to hold both arms in a square position.
Immediately before the next circle the left shoulder and
arm are in front, and also the left leg is forward and prepared to strike on
the opposite loop. The skater faces the direction of travel throughout the
forward inside Loop with the eyes following the tracing.
The Forward inside Loop article is written by Karin
Doherty, World and Olympic figure skating coach.
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