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Slalom Cone Skating Forum Discussions about slalom cone skating, high-jump, and other freestyle trick skating. (Note that vert, street, and park skating discussions should be posted in our aggressive skating forum.)

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Old July 15th, 2008, 03:20 AM   #1
SaltyCook
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Default Broken Legged Eagle...

This may just seem like a dumb question from a begginer slalom skater, but when I saw people do tricks like the eagle snake, their legs are bending sometimes even more than 180 degrees! Most people I know usually cant do this unless they were in something like gymnastics, so are you suppose to practice streching your legs back sometimes or is there some specific way to do that?
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 06:34 PM   #2
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There's a few things that are going on here:

First off, sometimes there is visual trickery in these moves that makes it look like you are bending your feet out more than you actually are.

Second, not all slalom skaters can do these moves-- they are fun, but aren't necessary.

Third, if you bend your knees a lot, you get a lot more flex in how you can move your feet.

Fourth, yes, a lot of slalom skaters are very flexible.

Fifth, there is a stretch you can do to help. Get into the spread eagle position, with knees bent, and push up against a wall (easier with a half-height wall) or lie on the ground to help stretch into a more open position.
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Old August 13th, 2008, 06:47 PM   #3
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I am the only one out of my friends that slalom who can do the eagle well. I learned how to do it by just brute forcing it. I just kept attempting it as I would normaly skate to class and over a few days I was able to hold it for a while. Then I just kept practicing it until I mastered it.
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