Came across an intriguing question on other group: Is it easier to
turn an artistic skater into an athletic one? Or turn the athletic
skater into an artistic one?
I'll preface my opinions by first saying I am *most definitely* neither
and artistic nor athletic skater! I'm hoping for some of each before I
Comparing the *** skaters I know, I have seen each type. I think if
one is blessed with speed, power, and can use it on decent edges, it is
the best starting point. I know one *** skater who is very
expressive, has great "in between" skating and flow, but has not made
strides in jump height, speed, etc., which will increase her
competitive edge. I know another *** skater who is all power and
speed, and has learned, even if it is convincing imitation, artistry in
her moves. This is very interesting to observe, and impressive to see
when you knew what this skater was like before.
I know my coach has had a bear of a time trying to get speed and power
out of me. It seems I have "smoothness" and the occasional "graceful
arms". The power is coming, but slowly. The speed is getting better.
I wish I'd had each, and that coach was trying instead to get artistry
out of me.