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Do You Know Enough To Judge Figure Skating?

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All facts are sourced from NBC and the International Skating Union.

  1. What is a step sequence?
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    The series of steps leading up to a jump
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    A pattern of footwork that connects a series of jumps
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    A choreographed maneuver meant to gain speed before a jump
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    A choreographed sequence timed to music
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    A choreographed sequence timed to music

    Step sequences are required and are used to demonstrate agility and precision.

  2. Which of these programs is the shortest?
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    Mens free skate
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    Pairs free skate
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    Ladies free skate
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    Ladies free skate

    The ladies free skate lasts between 3:50 and 4:10, and the men and pairs free skates last between 4:20 and 4:40.

  3. What are the two categories judges use for scoring?
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    Technical element score and program component score
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    Jump element score and choreoagraphic score
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    Jump element score and non-jump element sore
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    Technical element score and presentation score
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    Technical element score and program component score

    Technical element scores are based on execution and difficulty. Program components are based on artistry and presentation.

  4. What are the two main categories of jumps in figure skating?
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    Quad jumps and triple jumps
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    Toe jumps and edge jumps
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    Flip jumps and axel jumps
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    Forward jumps and backward jumps
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    Toe jumps and edge jumps

    For toe jumps, skaters would use the pick at the front of their blade to propel themselves into the jump. In edge jumps, skaters take off from just one foot without using the other.

  5. Which of these jumps has the highest point value?
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    Toe loop
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    Salchow
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    Loop
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    Flip
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    Lutz
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    Axel
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    Axel

    When executing a toe loop, the skater takes off from and lands on the back outside edge of the right skate.

  6. What does it mean when a skater "pops" a jump?
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    The skater catches their toe pick and cannot execute the jump
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    The skater fails to land the jump and falls
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    The skater bails out and completes just one rotation
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    The skater propels into the jump too early
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    The skater bails out and completes just one rotation

    This results in point deductions.

  7. Which of these is true when talking about jump combinations?
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    The second jump takes off from the foot the first jump landed on.
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    The second jump takes off from the opposite foot the first jump landed on.
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    It doesn't matter which foot you land on or take off from.
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    The second jump takes off from the foot the first jump landed on.

    If the jumps are separated by hops, steps, or unlisted jumps, then it's a jump sequence as opposed to a jump combination.

  8. How much higher is the base value of a quad than a triple?
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    1.5x
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    2x
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    3x
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    4x
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    The base value of a quad is at least twice as high as the base value of a triple

    This is why in men's skating, it's almost impossible to medal without quads in your program.

  9. What is a flying spin?
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    A spin that involves lateral movement
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    A spin that precedes a jump
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    A spin that involves a jump entry
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    A spin where both arms are outstretched instead of tucked into the sides
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    A spin that involves a jump entry

    An example of this is the "flying sit spin" where the skater jumps into the air, then lands in a sitting position and performs a spin.

  10. For which jump does the skater enter it facing forward instead of backward?
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    The toe loop
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    The Salchow
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    The Axel
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    The flip
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    The Axel

    This is the only jump where the skater takes off from the front of their blade. They land backward on their back outside edge.

  11. Program components represent artistry. Which of these is *not* a program component?
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    Composition
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    Skating skills
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    Step sequence
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    Interpretation
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    Step sequence

    Step sequence is not a program component. The program components are skating skills, transitions, performance and execution, choreography and composition, and interpretation.

  12. What does a +3 GOE do?
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    Raise the difficulty of a step or choreographic sequence
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    Add points unlisted jumps
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    Multiply a performance component base
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    Add points to an element's base value
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    Add points to an element's base value

    GOE, or Grade of Execution, ranges from -3 to +3. If a technical element is not executed well, it can subtract points from the base value.

 
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