The layback spin
is the most beautiful
of all spins if done properly. The skater
spins on her left leg with the right leg bent and lifted behind the body.
The skater pushes her hips
forward and leans back while raising her arms over her body in an elegant fasion
. The arm position is open to interpretation
. The most standard way of arranging them is by forming a loop over the body.
Some skaters can lean back far enough that their back is parallel
to the ground and they are looking straight up at the ceiling. A poor spin is one in which the free leg is in a poor position, the back is slumped, the spin is slow, or the spin travels.
The layback spin is done almost exclusively
because the majority
of men are not flexible enough to assume the layback position. It has also just been known as a woman's spin.
There are, however, a few men who do laybacks (most notably Victor Petrenko
and Rudy Galindo
In almost all cases the man fakes it by leaning to the side instead of straight back. A lot of women do it this way too, but technically
it's not a true layback.
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