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Glossary:

Single Skating: a discipline of figure skating where men and women compete individually. Referred to as Men's Singles and Ladies' Singles. Some of the other disciplines are pairs skating and ice dancing.

Levels in US skating: Pre-Preliminary, Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, Senior.

Short program: first of two phases in figure skating competition for single skating, pair skating and synchronized skating. Is no longer than two minutes and 50 seconds and has required elements.

Free skate/long program: The second of the two phase in figure skating competitions. About four and half minute long for male skaters. Skaters have certain freedom to chose the elements they want to do but there are restrictions they have take heed to, like the number of jumps.

Step sequence: An element in figure skating. A sequence of steps or moves-in-the-field across the ice in a certain pattern.

Figure Skating Jumps: Toe loop jump, Flip jump, Lutz jump, Salchow jump, Loop jump, Axel jump

Quad: a quadruple jump - four revolutions in the air. Currently the elements most male skaters seek to have in the arsenal. (Also an element seen in pair skating).

Transitions: steps and movements connecting the performed elements. The more complex transition usually help boost the score.

Russian Split: A split jump.

Backflip: A reverse somersault in the air, banned from competition but popular in shows.

Spins: Element of figure skating where the skater rotates on a single point of the blade. There are many spin variations.

Moves-in-the-field: element where the skaters show off their basic skills and edge control.

ISU Judging System/Code Of Points: The scoring system used in figure skating. The score is composed of two factors: the technical score or the element score as like it's often called on protocols and the program component score (PCS) which is the more subjective part of the score where skaters earn points for things like skating skills and performance.

Grand Prix Series: A series of international figure skating competitions organized by ISU. They are: Skate America, Skate Canada, Cup of China, Trophée Eric Bombard, Rostelecom Cup and NHK Trophy. Then there's the Final but the top six competitors of each discipline from the Grand Prix series get to compete in the Final.

Finlandia Trophy and Nepelhorn Trophy: ISU sanctioned competitions.

Worlds: World Figure Skating Championships.

Nationals: A country's national championships in figure skating. United States Figure Skating Championships.

Icenetwork: Website, owned by The U.S. Figure Skating Association.

Kiss-and-Cry: the area where the skater waits to get their results after competing.


Notes:

As keen readers might have guessed, I'm a huge fan of figure skating and am kind of obsessive about watching skating competitions. I've been known to wake up in the middle of the night to watch skating. So when there was artwork depicting figure skating in the [profile] kbl_reversebang I was quick to try and claim it. So I've finally written the Figure Skating AU I've been wanting to write.

I had some more inspiration. I kind of wanted to address the latent homophobia in figure skating and I hope I've done so in respectful manner. There are a couple of recent articles about it. Newsweek's The Frozen Closet and Buzzfeed's Why Is The World's Gayest Sport Stuck In The Closet? (That title is awful though).

I also jumped at the chance to utilize the new rule about music with vocals being allowed in single (and pairs) skating.

As for the inspiration for Kurt's and Blaine's skating.

I modeled Blaine's skating on Javier Fernandéz, a little bit because they look alike but also due to Javier's showmanship. There's also some Stéphane Lambiel and a dash of Daisuke Takahashi (the quad flip of course) in the mix as well. Blaine's 'All Of Me' program should be similar to Stéphane's and Daisuke's more emotional routines. (Like Stéphane's Ne Me Quitte Pas).

My close friends have asked me whether I would be writing Kurt as Johnny Weir. Probably because I really love me some Johnny Weir. But truth be told, I kind of tried my best not to Johnny-fy Kurt. Canon!Kurt shared Johnny's love of Lady Gaga and fashion but I tried not to take it further. I visualize Kurt's skating to be more like Jeremy Abbott with the added agility of skaters like Evgeni Plushenko and Yuzuru Hanyu. So Jeremy Abbott at his best with the ability to bend like Yuzuru Hanyu.

I will deny it that Jean-Baptiste is modeled on Patrick Chan. I mean, I gave him David Pelletier's last name.

If there are any questions and remarks, you can comment here below. I'll try to answer.

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