Sit spin

Sit spin

The sit spin is one of the three basic figure skating spin positions. It is defined by a squatting position in which the skater's buttocks are below the knee of the skating leg. This forms an angle of less than 90 degrees between the thigh and the calf of the skating leg. When the spin is entered through a jump, it is called a flying sit spin.


The sit spin was first performed by Jackson Haines and it is sometimes known as the Jackson Haines spin.

The flying sit spin was first performed by skaters coached by Gustav Lussi, possibly Buddy Vaughn and Bill Grimditch.


There are many variations on the basic sit spin.

  • A broken leg sit spin is a sit spin position with the free leg bent inwards at the knee.
  • A pancake spin is a difficulty variation on a sit spin in which the free leg is canted towards the body and upper body is bent over it, forming the illusion of the skater's body as a pancake.
  • A cannonball spin is a difficulty variation similar to the pancake in which the free skate touches the thigh of the skating leg and arms are held down and touching the skating leg, giving the illusion of a cannonball.


In single skating

In pairs and ice dancing


Search another word or see sit spinon Dictionary | Thesaurus |Spanish
Copyright © 2015, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature