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Before-after: Figure skating technique

Are you wondering about the actual effect of video training? I mean how training with video support can help improve a skater’s technique. Deliver unique free skating instruction for your athlete.


While working as a coach and video analysis expert in Andorra for Iceplanet summer camp, a skater’s parent asked me about the benefits of video analysis sessions for her daughter. Excellent inquiry, I said! Since I’ve been working with this technology for 11 years, I’m totally convinced about its usefulness, especially when you consider that 65% of the world’s population are visual learners.

Using video for training like video sessions with instant visual feedback or video analysis is a real asset because skaters and coaches can see all the movements’ details. That’s the motto of Perform’Live.

Now, on to before and after video training/analysis. Let’s take as an example Leonid Sviridenko. He is a young Russian skater who started performing quad salchow and quad flip regularly before getting a recent injury.
The first time we worked together, he could land triple jumps, but I could tell that he had an apparent problem with his body’s axis in the air resulting in a low percentage success rate.

He was tilted in the air; Leonid had almost the same position as Yuzuru Hanyu, the Japanese legend with back-to-back Olympic titles.

For Yuzuru, that tilt in the air doesn’t seem to be a problem. Still, for Leonid, it is (Average body axis angle of Yuzuru Hanyu in a quad toe-loop around17° / average observed body axis angle for a quad toe-loop around 13°).

The picture below,  advanced video analysis of a triple lutz with a stromotion effect. I added Leonid’s body axis angle and his technique’s average data to get a global view of the problem.


After doing advanced video analysis, I noticed that his arms movement amplitude was too big. During the take-off, his arms were going too high, creating interference or conflicting movement, which in the end slowed down the rotation time and created body axis issues.

On his triple salchow, we can see clearly on the pic below that before; his elbows were over his shoulders line and how its impacted his body axis angle in the air.

Take-off part

Air posture