17. Outside Forward Roll

A graphic method is to draw a straight line along the ice with the heel of your blade. Now to do the outside forward roll (Illus. 19), stand in T-position so that the toe of your right skate is touching the line at a right-angle while your left foot is parallel to it. Put your arms, shoulders, and hips in position for the outside forward spiral you have already learned. Push off onto a firm, leaning ROF edge (19-1). After you have held thus (in a position which many skating teachers designate as the number 1 position of the OF edge) for three counts, slowly pass your free foot and leg close forward (19-2) in front of your skating foot and at the same time reverse your arms with a close passing movement. This complete change into the number 2 position should take three more counts, 4, 5, and 6. Maintain your lean to the right throughout (19-3).

As you change your free leg from back to front, allow your skating knee to straighten gradually. As you reach the count of 6, your skate should also have completed a semicircle and be approaching the line on the ice in front of you. Now drop the free foot down beside the skate, parallel and touching in stand­ard pushing position (19-4), and at the same time, bend both knees deeply again. Turn your right foot out a full quarter-turn and push in the number 1 position to the left outside forward edge (19-5), which will again take the ice at a right angle to the line you drew. Repeat all movements, including the rhythmic bending and straightening of your skating knee, on the left edge. Continue right and left all down the ice. Keep counting in slow waltz tempo. Skate your counting. Don't count your skating!

It is important for control that your free hip not rotate for­ward as you pass your free foot and leg forward—therefore the close passing movement that keeps pull to a minimum and allows you to concentrate on maintaining a constant lean. Once you are in the number 2 position, your skating shoulder will be definitely a trifle lower. A second's attention will show you that the number 2 position of the arms and shoulders on one edge is the number 1 position on the next edge. All you have to do at the pushoff each time is bend together, change body lean, shift weight, and turn your head toward the new center. This will be true in general on all the rolls. And no toe-pushing! Clean starts from the side of the pushing blade are a "must" on this test.

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