Breaking Down the Elements: Pairs Short Program

The pairs short program consists of 7 elements that must be performed in a maximum time of 2 minutes and 50 seconds.

1. Any hip lift take off (Group 3), minimum 2 revolutions by lady, minimum 1 revolution and maximum 3 1/2 revolutions by man

2. Double or triple twist lift, flip or lutz take-off only

3. Double or triple throw jump

4. Double or triple solo jump

5. Pair combination spin with only 1 change of foot and at least 1 change of position, minimum 8 revolutions  total.  Change of foot must be made at the same time.  Change of position may be made at same time or separately.  May not commence with a jump.

6. Forward inside death spiral, when final death spiral position is attained both partners must execute 1 full revolution with man in full pivot position, lady must skate on a clean edge with her body and head close to the ice surface.  Lady’s head must reach the level of her skating knee.

7. Step sequence (straight line, circular or serpentine), fully utilize ice surface, partners should share workload and skate close together and to the character of the music, changes of place and holds, short stops and small jump-like movements are permitted.