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Figure Skating: Most Popular Articles

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Dorothy Hamill's Famous Wedge Haircut Photo...
Olympic figure skating champion, Dorothy Hamill, was famous for her wedge haircut.
How to Choose and Buy Ice Skates for Figure...
This article will help figure skaters of all abilities decide how to purchase the correct figure skates appropriate for their age, skating level, and need.
Olympic Women Figure Skaters You Should Know
This article lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.
How to Buy Your First Pair of Skates for Figure...
This article will help a new or prospective figure skater purchase his or her first pair of skates.
21 Movies That Helped Make Figure Skating Popular
A list of more than twenty movies about figure skating that have helped increase skating's popularity and visibility, and might make you laugh or cry.
What Are the Best Favorite Figure Skating Boots...
This is a list of the favorite figure skating boots and blades used and purchased by figure skaters. If you buy a new or used boot and blade, look for one of these brands.
Beginning Ice Skating Lesson
There are certain things new skaters learn in beginning ice skating lessons. This article lists and describes those things.
Basic Figure Skating Jumps That Ice Skaters...
There are certain jumps that all ice skaters learn and that figure skating fans should try to recognize.
What Age Can a Child Get Start Figure Skating?
This article gives advice on how and when a parent should get a child started at figure skating. Also, what to expect from tot group ice skating lessons is outlined and discussed.
What to Bring With You When You Go Ice Skating
This is a list of the things you need to bring when you go ice skating.
Famous Men Olympic Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
How To Do a Circle Figure Eight On Ice Skates
At one time, after learning basic ice skating skills, all figure skaters did compulsory figures. The first compulsory figure that ice skaters worked on and mastered was the forward outside circle eight. This article gives detailed directions on how to do the forward outside eight on figure skates.
Understanding Figure Skating Tests and Levels
The figure skating test structure may be confusing to those new to ice skating. This article outlines and explains figure skating tests and levels.
Make Your Child the Best Figure Skater Possible
This article outlines what parents of young figure skaters must do if they wish to guide their child into becoming the best figure skater possible. This article is for those with Olympic figure skating dreams.
Are Rental Ice Skates Okay For Figure Skating?
When should a figure skater stop using rental skates? Are rental skates okay at all? This article addresses this issue.
Suggested Meal Plan for Figure Skaters
Figure skaters of all ages must eat a healthy and balanced diet. Eating right should begin when ice skaters are young. This article includes a suggested meal plan figure skaters.
Jackson Figure Skates
A favorite for figure skaters of all levels, Jackson Skates are reasonably priced and there are so many different models to choose from.
All About the Waltz Jump Figure Skating Move
The waltz jump is a fun jump and it is usually the first jump ice skaters learn and master.
How to Audition for Disney on Ice
This article will help those interested in skating and performing in Disney On Ice to prepare to audition for the show.
12 Moves Figure Skaters Must Master
There are many moves figure skaters must master. This article includes links to lessons on falling and getting up on skates, how to stop, how to skate forward, and how to spin and jump.
How To Move Forward on Ice Skates
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
Famous African American Figure Skaters
There are certain African American figure skaters that should be remembered. This short article highlights some of those skaters.
At What Age Can I Get My Child Started With Ice...
With just a little bit of instruction, children that are about six to eight years old can learn to ice skate rather quickly, but very young children can also begin ice skating lessons geared especially for tots and preschoolers.
Famous Olympic Pair Figure Skaters Everyone...
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
Butt Padds Can Help Protect Figure Skaters
Figure skaters wear butt pads during practice over the tailbone and hip areas of their bodies to help prevent bruises and other injuries especially when they are learning difficult jumps and expect to fall over and over again.
How Much Should a Figure Skater Skate?
Many people that enter figure skating don't know how often an ice skater needs to skate to improve. This short article will help answer that concern.
How To Lace Figure Skates
Lacing figure skates correctly will make the ice skating experience more enjoyable. Correct lacing of figure skates is very important and must be done a certain way.
Some Frequently Asked Questions About Figure...
Most figure skating coaches recommend blades for their students that they used when they skated. The problem with this is that no one knows why they picked a certain blade in the first place. The goal of this article is to help those new to figure skating understand ice skating blades.
Ice Skating Gift Ideas for Figure Skaters
Sue Woods is an adult figure skater. When her birthday came up, she put together a figure skater's birthday wish list. About.com's Figure Skating Expert, Jo Ann Schneider Farris, was so impressed with the list, that she asked if she could share it with About.com's readers. The gift suggestions on Sue's list will be useful to anyone who wants to buy a gift for a friend or family member who loves ice skating.
What is a Figure Skating Training Center?
A figure skating training center is more than just an ordinary ice skating rink. It is a place where many hours are devoted to figure skating. Usually, training centers have at least two ice sheets, many top coaches, off-ice training, and special programs geared towards creating figure skating champions.
What Is the Difference Between Ice Dancing and...
Ice dancing, at one time, resembled ballroom dancing on the ice, but has become more and more athletic. In pair skating the man lifts the lady above his head and the pair does difficult acrobatic moves. Spins are done together in both disciplines, but in pair skating difficult solo jumps and spins are also done in unison. Ice dancers do intricate footwork sequences to music.
What to Expect At Your First Group Beginning...
Read about the things figure skaters learn in a beginning ice skating class.
Richard Dwyer - "Mr. Debonair" Ice Skating Show...
"Mr. Debonair" Richard Dwyer: Richard Dwyer is one of the most popular ice skating show stars in figure
Train Like an Olympic Figure Skater
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
How to Become a Figure Skater
Do you want to get an idea of what's involved in becoming a figure skater? Before you begin to skate, there are things you should know.
Glossary of Figure Skating Terms
Those new to figure skating have to learn the names of figure skating moves. They also have to understand the different branches of figure skating. This article may help a reader learn some of the facts and terms related to the sport.
Are Figure Skates Allowed As Carry-On Luggage...
If possible, when traveling to figure skating competitions, skaters should carry their skates on the plane as carry-on luggage, but security restrictions vary depending on the airline, airport, and local TSA authorities.
Basic Ice Skating Spins
This article lists some of the basic ice skating spins. Many of the spins advanced figure skaters do are variations of the basic figure skating spins listed in this article.
How Much Do Private Ice Skating Lessons Cost?
The cost of private figure skating instruction can vary, but in almost all instances, the skater must be aware that he or she must pay the rink for admission and ice time and also pay a separate fee to the figure skating coach for the lesson.
Why Is the Backflip Banned in Figure Skating?
The backflip is considered an illegal figure skating move. It can be done in exhibitions and in professional ice skating competitions, but the backflip will not receive credit and a skater will receive deductions (or be disqualified) if the move is performed in eligible figure skating competitions.
Am I Too Old to Start Figure Skating?
When is it too late to begin figure skating? If a skater begins skating as a teen or after he or she is eighteen years old, is it too late to become a serious competitive figure skater? Is it possible to learn double and triple jumps as a young adult?
Riedell Figure Skates
Riedell skate company has a very strong reputation in the ice skating world. The company makes skates for about every need and/or figure skating level.
American Athletic Figure Skates
The American Athletic brand of figure skates are inexpensive entry level ice skates that can be purchased at most major sporting goods stores. This article reviews the product.
Madge Syers to Adelina Sotnikova: Women's...
This is a list of the women who won gold in figure skating at the Winter Olympic Games.
Fun Games Figure Skaters Can Play At the...
This article lists some games that can be played on the ice to make skating fun.
All About Ice Skating Opportunities for Adult...
There are various opportunities available for adult figure skaters.
Basic Figure Skating Stops
Stopping on the ice is done by scraping the flat part of the blade across the ice. Pressure is put on the scraping foot, and the friction created on the ice causes a stop. This article lists the basic stops done by figure skaters.
Favorite Brands of Figure Skating Pants
In recent years, most figure skaters practice in figure skating pants (in addition to skating dresses). This article lists some of the most popular brands of of figure skating pants.
Famous Japanese Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
Ten Things You May Not Know About The World of...
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the world of figure skating? This is a list of some of the things about the sport that ice skating fans may not know about the figure skating world.
Exercises to Help Figure Skaters Do Sit Spins
Figure skaters should do exercises on and off the ice to help strengthen their legs when they do sit spins.
How To Do a Shoot the Duck on Ice Skates
A shoot the duck is a fun ice skating move where the skater bends all the way down to the ice and glides on one foot while kicking the other foot completely forward. Directions on how to do the shoot the duck on ice are given in this article.
How to Do a Back Spin - A Challenging and...
This short article is meant to help new figure skaters master the back spin, a very difficult and essential figure skating element.
Making Sense of the New Figure Skating Judging...
There is a new judging system for figure skating, called the ISU Judging System, that was implemented shortly after the 2002 Olympics. There are several officials invloved with this new judging system. What each figure skating official does is explained in this article. Also, a short explanation of the new system of scoring is summarized.
Debi Thomas - African American Figure Skating...
Debi Thomas is the only African American who ever won a medal in the Olympics in figure skating.
How to Ice Skate
Do you want to ice skate? This short article gives ice skating basics so you can get started.
Consider Taking the Preliminary Figure Ice...
Taking the Preliminary Figure Test and/or at least learning about that figure test will help a figure skater appreciate and understand what compulsory figures were about and also improve a skater's skating skills.
A List of Ice Skaters From Canada Who Have Left...
This is a list of Canadian figure skaters who have done great things.
Review of Jackson Softec Figure Skates
Softec figure skates make it possible to skate for hours in a comfortable boot.
Music for Figure Skating
Skating to music is a very important part of figure skating. This article will help figure skaters with music selection
Ice Skating Is Fun!
Ice skating can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This article outlines the joys and benefits of the sport.
Difference Between a Hockey Skate and a Figure...
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov - Olympic...
Russian pair skaters Gordeeva and Grinkov won virtually every competition they entered. They won the Olympics in both 1988 and in 1994. They began skating together as children and married in 1991. Sergei died suddenly in 1995. Ekaterina Gordeeva continues to perform.
About Midori Ito: Japanese and World Figure...
Japanese figure skating legend, Midori Ito, won the the 1989 World Figure Skating Championships and the 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medal. She was the first female figure skater to land a triple/triple ice skating jump combination and a triple Axel in competition.
How To Do Forward Crossovers On Figure Skates
This article gives instruction on how to do forward crossovers on figure skates.
How Often Should Figure Skating Blades Be...
This short article addresses how often a figure skater should sharpen his or her skates.
How To Do a Snowplow Stop
Stopping on the ice is essential for every figure skater. This is the first and easiest stop a skater must master.
Review of Lake Placid Elite Leather Figure Skates
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Figure Skating Romances and Marriages
Figure skating seems to be a great place for romance. Several skaters have met at the rink and have had romances. This is a list of just some skating related romances and marriages.
How To Fall On the Ice Without Getting Hurt
No one wants to fall while ice skating, but if you are going to skate, you are going to fall. How can a figure skater, especially an adult who doesn't want to fall, fall safely? This article addresses this issue.
Figure Skating Practice Plan
Most young figure skaters have a difficult time figuring out what to practice during freestyle practice sessions. This is a recommended practice plan for an ice skater who is able to do
Figure Skating Legend Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
How To Spin
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
Figure Skating Costs and Training: Broken Down...
Are you a parent of a young figure skater? Are you interested in getting an idea of how much time and money will go into your child's dream? This article gives estimates of the time and cost of figure skating broken down by skating level.
All About the Salchow Figure Skating Jump
Find out how to perform the Salchow figure skating jump, along with information on the Salchow inventor, facts, and trivia.
How to Do a Basic One Foot Upright Spin On...
Learning to spin on on foot on figure skates may take time and requires much practice.
How To Choreograph Your Own Figure Skating...
You've worked hard on mastering a number of figure skating moves; now it’s time to set a program to music.
How to Choose an Ice Skating Coach for Figure...
Unlike ballet, dance, or gymnastics, where learning occurs in a group lesson format most of the time, figure skating is mastered through private lessons. So….if you or your child is really interested in mastering figure skating, your first step is to select a private lesson coach.
Favorite Gifts for Ice Skaters
This is a short list of recommended gifts that can be given to those who love figure skating.
How to Find the Right Ice Skating Blades
Ice skate technician, Geoff Hébert, wrote an article called A Little Blade Advice! The goal of his article was to help figure skaters understand all the different blade options that are available for ice skaters.
In Figure Skating the Term "Freestyle" Means...
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Footwork Sequences for All Figure Skaters
When figure skaters put a series of turns and steps together, they are doing footwork. The possibilities are endless. This article lists some suggested footwork sequences that can be skated by a figure skater who can do most ice skating turns and steps.
Skate Spinner
Skate Spinner is a figure skating training aid that simulates the skating blade on the ice, allowing figure skaters to practice jumps and spins anywhere.
How to Teach Beginning Group Tot Figure Skating...
A young child's first time on the ice needs to be fun, but also productive. This article gives ideas on how to teach beginning group tot figure skating lessons.
One Foot Figure Skating Turns - Ice Skating...
Every figure skating turn has a name. When a figure skater turns from forward to backward or from backward to forward on one foot, he could be doing a three turn, a bracket, a counter, or a rocker. Each turn is slightly different.
How to Recognize Olympic Figure Skating Jumps
This list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic figure skaters.
Elvis Stojko - Canadian and World Figure...
Elvis Stojko won the Canadian figure skating title seven times. He also is a three-time world figure skating champion and a two-time Olympic figure skating silver medalist.
Get Started Figure Skating
Getting started in figure skating is simple. Most ice arenas offer weekly group lessons that usually run from six to twelve weeks. These group lessons cover many figure skating basics.
Types of Figure Skating
Figure Skating has four major branches: Singles, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating.
Off-Ice Training for Figure Skaters: Why, What,...
Lauren Downes is a licensed physical therapist, a professional figure skating coach, a former competitive skater, and she is also an off-ice strength and conditioning coach. She is the founder and creator of Sk8Strong Inc. and she has produced instructional exercise DVDs especially for figure skaters. In this article, she talks about off-ice training for figure skating.
How Do Figure Skaters Qualify for the Winter...
This article explains how figure skaters qualify for the Olympics.
What to Expect At Your First Ice Skating Lesson
This article describes what can be expected on the first day of a group ice skating lesson series for beginners including what to wear and exercises.
1976 Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill
This photo gallery includes photos of famous figure skaters. Page 2.
All About Choctaws and Mohawks
Choctaws and mohawks are ice skating turns where figure skaters turns from either forward to backward or backward to forward.
About Shattuck-St. Mary's School: A Boarding...
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is a boarding school that offers a full-time figure skating program. Top coaches and training are provided to students. The program is college preparatory. Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is the first private boarding school in the United States to offer figure skating training.
Review of Double Runner Figure Skates
Double Runner Ice Skates are manufactured for very young beginning ice skaters. The idea is to give children the feeling that they can ice skate immediately. Ice skating on double runner blades will not cause any harm and may give young children confidence on the ice, but
How To Fall and Get Up on Figure Skates
Knowing how to fall and get up correctly on skates is very important for all figure skaters.
Grit Skate Bag Review - Luggage That Holds...
The Grit figure skating bag's tower design keeps skaters organized.
How to Dress for Ice Skating
Dressing properly for skating helps most figure skaters skate better. This short article gives information on how to dress for figure skating competitions, exhibitions, tests, and performances.
Review of Jackson Freestyle Skates
The Jackson Freestyle boot and blade combination figure skate is a good choice for ice skaters who are beginning to master single jumps, double jumps, and most spins. The price is reasonable and the quality of the boot is a good choice for many figure skaters.
Five Basic Ice Skating Skills
Mastering the five basic ice skating skills listed in this article will make your trip to the ice skating rink more enjoyable.
Review of Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic
On April 5, 2012, About.com's Guide to Figure Skating, Jo Ann Schneider Farris, took her family to see Disney On Ice; 100 Years of Magic. This is her review of the show.
How to Wear Your Hair for Figure Skating
In addition to wearing proper ice skating clothes, a figure skater must make sure his or her hair looks nice. A nice hairstyle will make most figure skaters skate better.
Surya Bonaly
French figure skater Surya Bonaly became a U.S. citizen in 2004. She is known for being the only skater who can land a back flip on one foot on the ice. She is remembered for being disqualified for doing that move in the 1998 Olympics. Page 19.
Six Stages of a Figure Skater's Skating Life
Every individual who figure skates lives a "skating life." For most figure skaters, that life spans a
Figure Skating Jobs and Careers in the Ice...
After spending years on the ice, figure skaters may be interested in a career in figure skating. This article lists some careers in the ice skating industry.
See Disney's Frozen Performed on Ice Skates
Produced by Feld Entertainment, the Disney On Ice production of “Frozen” is considered the figure skating version of a touring Broadway show.
The Triple Axel: How to Do One of Figure...
The triple Axel is a figure skating jump. It is the only triple jump that takes off from a forward outside edge.
When Russian Figure Skaters Reigned
Russian figure skaters have dominated the ice skating world since the mid-1960s.
Before You Consider Becoming a Figure Skating...
Before you consider teaching figure skating, there are some things you should know.
Footwork or Steps
When you put a series of turns and steps together, you are doing footwork. The possibilities are endless.
Figure Skating Parents Can Be Similar To "Dance...
This article compares the mothers shown on the reality television show
Swizzles Help New Skaters Learn to Move Across...
Swizzles make the shape of a fish or football on the ice and are done on two feet and on inside edges. The move helps beginning ice skaters learn how to move and glide forward or backward across the ice and swizzles also help new skaters gain confidence as they use their knees to make their blades glide over the ice.
The History of Figure Skating
Just before the 2010 Winter Olympics, a sixth grade student, named Lauren, contacted Jo Ann Schneider Farris, About.com's Guide to Figure Skating. Lauren was doing a research project at school and had some excellent questions about the history of figure skating. The answers to her questions are included in this article.
How To Become an Ice Dancer
There are certain steps involved in becoming an ice dancer. It takes quite a bit of preparation to be able to do free dance, which is what most young skaters interested in ice dancing want to do. Figure skaters must first learn some ice dance basics and master and pass compulsory dance tests. This article explains what is involved.
Pieces of Music Popular in Figure Skating
There are certain pieces of music that are the favorites of figure skaters and ice skating fans.
How to Do a Left Forward Outside Three Turn on...
A three turn is a figure skating turn where a skater turns from forward to backward or backward to forward on one foot. The turn is named three turn because of the pattern left on the ice looks like the number three.
One Figure Skater's Memories of Her Time With...
This is a short description of one figure skater's memories of skating and touring with Disney On Ice.
Review of Harlick Figure Skating Boots
A skater can't go wrong if he or she purchases a Harlick boot. Both custom and stock boots are available.
How Should I Dress for Ice Skating Practice?
This article gives some tips on what to wear for ice skating practice.
How to Become a Figure Skating Coach
Many individuals want to teach skating. This article addresses the qualifications needed to coach figure skating.
Olympic Ice Skater Nancy Kerrigan Biography
Nancy Kerrigan is an ice skater who won a bronze at the 1992 Olympics and a silver medal in the 1994 Olympics. She is also famous for being clubbed in the right knee.
The PIC® Skate
The PIC® Skate is an inline figure skate. Skaters who own this skate say they are able to practice moves that are done on the ice on dry land.
Surya Bonaly - Ice Skating Legend
Surya Bonaly won the French national figure skating title nine times, the European figure skating title five times, and she placed second at the world figure skating championships three times. Bonaly is also known for being one of the only ice skaters who can land a back flip on one foot on the ice. She is now an American citizen and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Kim Yu-Na - Olympic and World Figure Skating...
Korean figure skating champion Kim Yu-Na is the 2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Champion and the 2009 World Figure Skating Champion. On February 25, 2010, she won the Olympic figure skating title.
The Colorado Springs World Arena Ice Hall
Figure skaters from all over the the world come to Colorado Springs to train at the Colorado Springs World Arena. The facility is also the home of the Broadmoor Skating Club.
Why Falling Down is an Inevitable Part of...
Even the most advanced figure skaters fall down. This article gives tips on how to fall safely and also gives some suggestions on what to do when figure skaters fall. Also, information is given about how falls are handled in ice skating competitions.
Rainbo Sports, Figure Skating Equipment Retailer
Rainbo Sports is a retail company that supports and supplies the needs of figure skaters of all ages and levels.
Waltz Jump
Russian born Larisa Gendernalik is not only a figure skating coach, but the artist of impressive figure skating drawings and paintings. Page 36.
Before You Try to Skate Backwards on Ice Skates
Before trying to skate backward, it is a good idea to practice walking backward and gliding for a short distance on figure skates. This exercise will help beginning figure skaters become comfortable with the feeling of moving backward on ice skates.
How To Find Music For Ice Dancing
This article gives ice dancers some ideas on where and how to purchase ice dance music.
How to Do Back Crossovers or Cutbacks on Ice...
New ice skaters can't wait to try back crossovers. This step by step tutorial shows some back crossover basics.
An Illustrated History of Figure Skating Clothes
Through the years, figure skating clothes have evolved and changed.
How to Stroke Forward On Figure Skates
Stroking in figure skating means moving from one skate to the other. This is what everyone does when they skate around an ice arena. Once gliding on one foot is mastered, a new figure skater can begin to learn forward stroking.
10 Types of Figure Skaters
There are many different types of people that participate in figure skating. Some skate just for fun or exercise, others work on tests, some do ice dancing, and other skaters compete. This article lists 10 types of figure skaters.
RollerGards Are a Fun Way to Protect Ice Skate...
RollerGards protect ice skating blades and also make it possible for skaters to roller skate on ice skates.
Ten Basic Figure Skating Steps Every Ice Dancer...
This article lists the basic steps and turns done in ice dancing.
Review of Disney On Ice: Frozen
Amazing special effects and incredible ice skating make Disney On Ice: Frozen a magical experience for audiences of all ages.
Review of EDEA Skates
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
What Does a Figure Skater Need to Do to Become...
How can a figure skater prepare for a career in a professional ice show?
Stretching Exercises for Figure Skaters
It is important that figure skaters stretch before and after skating. Stretching daily will make a skater's body more flexible, so the skater will have more power when he or she performs. Stretching also improves a figure skater's posture and decreases chances of injury. This is a short list of recommended stretching exercises for figure skaters.
What Does It Mean When a Figure Skater Pops a...
Sometimes, when a figure skater attempts to do a double, triple, or quadriple jump, he or she abandons the jump by not rotating and opens up in the air. He or she gives up on completing the jump and usually lands on two feet. This is called popping which is considered a very bad habit.
Girls Usually Wear White Figure Skates and Boys...
It may seem obvious, but not all people new to figure skating know what color of skates to buy.
10 Women's Figure Skaters Who Were Worth...
This is a list of some of the female figure skaters who were watched during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
All About 1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion...
Peggy Fleming is the 1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. She also was a world and U.S. National ladies figure skating champion. She was known for being both athletic and graceful.
How to Guide a Young Child Towards Becoming a...
This article outlines what parents of young figure skaters must do if they wish to see their child become a figure skating champion. Olympic figure skating coach, Tom Zakrajsek, gives his advice.
JO ANN's Visit to Sno-King Ice Arena in Renton,...
JO ANN Schneider Farris, About.com's Figure Skating Expert, is visiting some of the best skating rinks in the USA and Canada. Join JO ANN as she tells about her visit to the Sno-King Ice Arena which is located in the Seattle, Washington area in the city of Renton.
Figure Skating Teaches Life Lessons
Those who participate in figure skating learn about dedication, hard work, good sportsmanship, and how to perform.
The skater skates forward or backward on two feet and squats down as far as possible. The arms and rear should be level. This is a great exercise to get the knees going!

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