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A Step By Step Journey Through Ice Skating History

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Ice Skating's Beginnings
Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Juliana of Holland Go Ice Skating In 1917

Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Juliana of Holland Go Ice Skating In 1917

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From its appearance on the canals in Holland to the modern Winter Olympics and beyond, ice skating has gone through many changes. Check out the history of the sport.

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The earliest ice skating began about 4,000 years ago in Finland. The first skates were flattened bone that was strapped to the bottom of the foot. In the 13th Century, the Dutch invented steel blades with edges. In the Netherlands, all classes of people skated. Ice skating was a way people traveled over the canals in the winter months. James II introduced ice skating to the British aristocracy in the late 1600s. Queen Victoria also enjoyed ice skating.

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