What is a pair skating death spiral?

Published On January 7, 2014 | By Alice Cook

A death spiral  is a figure skating pair move when the man leans back into a back outside pivot while holding his partner’s hand at arms length.  The woman can be going forward or backward, on an inside edge or outside.  She will lean back with her head getting as close to the ice as possible.  It’s actually not as dangerous as the name implies.  Throws and split twists are more difficult and cause bigger spills.

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is a veteran television sports reporter and Olympian. Her experience includes 25 years of sports reporting for WBZ-TV, the CBS and former NBC affiliate in Boston. Cook has worked for ESPN, Turner Sports, and WTBS. Cook is a feature writer for She's Game Sports and Boston.com. She is also President and Founder of She's Game Sports LLC.