Timothy Goebel 2003 NHK Trophy

Timothy Goebel performs a hydroblade

Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell 2006 JGP The Hague

Hydroblading as part of an ice dancing element.

Hydroblading is a Figure skating move in the field in which a skater glides on a deep edge with the body stretched in a very low position, almost horizontal to the ice. Several variations in position are possible, but one commonly performed by singles skaters is on a back inside edge with the knee of the skating leg deeply bent, the free leg crossed behind and extended outside the circle, and the upper body leaning into the circle with one hand skimming the ice.

Although they did not invent the element, it was popularized in the early 1990s by the Canadian Ice dance team of Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz; their coach Uschi Keszler was responsible for coining the name "hydroblading".


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