Sochi Olympics, ice dancing: What is a twizzle?

Jan 10, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Meryl Davis and Charlie White perform during the short dance event in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

If you have been watching figure skating throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics, it is impossible not to notice the term “twizzle” that is constantly being dropped by Tara Lipinksi and Johnny Weir throughout the Sochi Games.

The term has created plenty of discussion on social media throughout the past few days because of how ridiculous and sounds and because very few people know exactly what it means.

So what is a “twizzle?”

In layman’s terms, a twizzle is a turn in ice dancing. It is when the skaters spin on one foot while still gliding across the ice to continue the movement. The closer partners are and the more synchronized the spin is, the more difficult the technique becomes and the higher the score will be.

Now when you see the ice dancers moving across the ice and spinning around on one foot side-by-side, you know that you are witnessing everyone’s favorite skating technique that has been the talk of Sochi.

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