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Olympic Twizzle? Figure Skating fans introduced to new ice dancing term on NBC

Olympic ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White
Olympic ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White
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What is a Twizzle? This new Sochi Olympics term had people turning their heads on Saturday night when watching the NBC broadcast of the Olympic team figure skating competition. While the skaters seemed to grace the ice quite easily, the fans were checking online and referencing dictionaries for this word. Unfortunately, it’s a specialized term that describes an ice dancing move so there was no need to drag out a reference book. According to Yahoo Sports on Saturday, the "Twizzle" move is real and it is done by athletes who ice dance.

So what is a twizzle? It is when a skater executes a one-foot turn while moving across the ice, however it must be a continuous turning movement as the skater glides across the ice. The skate movement is required, as it distinguishes a twizzle from a stationary spin. Or even a series of turns.

Mostly used for ice dancing, it’s not often seen in figure skating competition. The twizzle was highlighted on Saturday night as the Olympic debut of the team figure skating competition continues. Of course knowing what the announcers are talking about with these moves always makes the audience feel smarter.

While some guesses were close to correct on social media, one item that kept the term being compared to was red rope licorice candy. For the record that is a Twizzler. It tastes good, but has nothing to do with the Olympics. Unless that’s what you are munching on while watching the competition.