Dec 15, 2010
For the non-Dutch, today (15 December) commemorates the signing of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands (or the Statuut voor het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden). To celebrate this holiday, consider this blog post a tribute to the windmills of figure skating (windmills being a famous feature of the Netherlands).
Arms constitute an important part of the aesthetic picture in figure skating. The good use of arms in a figure skating program can highlight a key choreographic movement, enhance nuances in the music, convey an emotion.
On the flip side, however, arms can also be immensely distracting, particularly if the skater does not quite know what to do with his or her arms, and/or is desperately trying to fulfill the "upper body movement" requirements as demanded by CoP. Such skaters are highly reminiscient of windmills, aimlessly thrusting their arms up and down throughout their programs except when they stop to pose. Normally such an unsightly use of arms merit scorn and derision, but today, we will celebrate them in all their flailing, eye-poking glory.
Here is an excellent example of Mr. Lysacek's windmilling prowess in action (the best is during his step sequence):
Like at the 2010 Olympic Games, Evgeni Plushenko is the first runner-up to Mr. Lysacek when it comes to windmilling his arms.