Figure Skating

Pj Kwong - Monday Feb. 10, 2014 14:15 ET

Sochi Cheat Sheet: Figure skating sayings

Pj Kwong explains the lingo you'll need to know

This is definitely not a Twizzle

This is definitely not a Twizzle. (File/Getty Images)

The Sochi Games are on and you'll be watching some sports you haven't seen for the last four years, if ever. Don't worry! We have you covered.

Impress your friends, family and co-workers (or, all three, if you're one of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters) by explaining just a handful of figure skating-specific terms, thanks to some help from Pj Kwong:

I am the first to admit that in order to sound like you know what’s going on around you in any specific environment, you have to know the ‘lingo’.

While watching figure skating from Sochi you are going to develop an appreciation for the sport– here is a glossary of my own terms you can toss around the next day around the ol’ water cooler that will make you sound like an expert:

Skating Sayings Translation

That landing was swish!

Hey look – they’re upright!

How about them Twizzles!

Does it really matter? Twizzles is fun to say

Their Finnstep was Fab!

A snappy toe-tapping sequence in the Short Dance

A great attempt

They fell

A great performer

They can’t jump

Sublime musicality

They can’t jump

Wonderful expression

They can’t jump

Original program concept

I don't get it

There will be a costume deduction

You just know something snapped somewhere

There was a loss of concentration

Oh dear (may also use the substitute: uh oh)

They're looking for a personal best

They are (unexpectedly) in 12th after the short program

Redemption is key


Someone’s going to get a talking to before the free skate

They left it on the warm-up

They fell - A lot

The Olympics are different


I didn’t see that one coming

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