Figure Skating: Most Popular Articles
Olympic figure skating champion, Dorothy Hamill, was famous for her wedge haircut.
This article lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are certain jumps that all ice skaters learn and that figure skating fans should try to recognize.
There are certain things new skaters learn in beginning ice skating lessons. This article lists and describes those things.
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.
This article will help those interested in skating and performing in Disney On Ice to prepare to audition for the show.
The figure skating test structure may be confusing to those new to ice skating. This article outlines and explains figure skating tests and levels.
Figure Skater Sasha Cohen won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics and she is the 2006 United States Figure Skating Ladies Champion. She is an elegant and beautiful skater. Her beautiful presentation makes her not only an athlete, but a celebrity.
This article will help a new or prospective figure skater purchase his or her first pair of skates.
This article lists some games that can be played on the ice to make skating fun.
There are certain pieces of music that are the favorites of figure skaters and ice skating fans.
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.
Skating to music is a very important part of figure skating. This article will help figure skaters with music selection
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.
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.
This short article addresses how often a figure skater should sharpen his or her skates.
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This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
Hollywood Professional School was a school in southern California where many figure skaters attended. The figure skaters that attended Hollywood Professonal School (HPS) devoted their time to developing their skating talent. Hollywood Professional School is part of the history of figure skating in the United States.
A favorite for figure skaters of all levels, Jackson Skates are reasonably priced and there are so many different models to choose from.
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
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.
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.
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.
The mission of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy and Nashville's Ford Ice Center is to make skating available to people of all ages, ability and description.
Learn some things that fans want to know about Olympic figure skating and ice skating history.
The figure skating competition season begins in the fall with regional ice skating competitions which usually take place in October. The top four single skaters that qualify at regionals move on to sectionals. Those who place in the top four at sectionals, qualify for the United States National Figure Skating Championships.
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
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.
This list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic figure skaters.
Do you want to ice skate? This short article gives ice skating basics so you can get started.
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
There are certain African American figure skaters that should be remembered. This short article highlights some of those skaters.
In 1990, compulsory figures were taken completely out of international figure skating competitions. Some people say that Trixi Schuba's Olympic figure
The figure skating competition season begins in the fall with regional figure skating competitions which usually take place in October of each year.
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.
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?
When I was a child, I had the privilege of training in Squaw Valley, California every summer with Canadian figure skating champion Karen Magnussen. She was
This is a list of the things you need to bring when you go ice skating.
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.
This is a short description of one figure skater's memories of skating and touring with Disney On Ice.
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
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.
Popping a jump at a figure skating competition is one of the worst things a skater can do. Falling gets more points than popping. ...read more What
There are many famous figure skaters who have been a part of Olympic ice skating history.
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.
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
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.
Recently, I attempted to teach Israeli Dancing on ice skates. I discovered that back wiggling on skates added a fun dimension to that project! Almost
Doing dips on ice skates is fun and easy and will also boost a new figure skater's confidence. ...read more How To Do a Dip On Ice Skates Learn to
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.
Once a week, for 8 weeks, subscribers to About.com's Figure Skating 101 E-Course will be sent an email that will provide certain information about figure skating.
This article takes some secrets from figure skating and applies them to power hockey skating techniques.
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.
Ice skate technician, Geoff Hébert, has written an article called A Little Blade Advice! The goal of his article is help skaters understand all the different blade options that are available for figure skaters.
K12 is an online distance school curriculum that is very popular among figure skaters. The program was created by William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education and author of The Book of Virtues. Complete grade level packages for Kindergarten through Twelth Grade are available. The computer is a part of the K12 curriculum, but most of the lessons are done using textbooks and workbooks. K12's curriculum is also used in virtual public and private school programs.
This article is meant to address some of the negative comments that have come in since the pilot episode of Jersey On Ice, The Learning Channel's December 12, 2012 reality show, aired.
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.
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.
Avanta Skating Boots are made from a figure skater's viewpoint and may be lighter, better, and more stylish than some other brands of figure skating boots.
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.
The 2014 Winter Olympics took place in Sochi, Russia in February of 2014. This is the schedule and results of the Olympic figure skating events.
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.
Regional figure skating competitions are the first in a series of qualifying competitions. The United States is divided into nine different regions. Page 44.
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.
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.
This is a list of some of the female figure skaters who were watched during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
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.
Read about the things figure skaters learn in a beginning ice skating class.
Stopping on the ice is essential for every figure skater. This is the first and easiest stop a skater must master.
Softec figure skates make it possible to skate for hours in a comfortable boot.
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
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.
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
The lunge is a figure skating move that resembles fencing posture. The ice skater bends his or her skating leg and places the inside of the boot of the free foot right on the ice as he or she glides forward. The back should be kept straight and the skater's rear should be tucked in.
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
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.
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.
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
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.
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.
Knowing how to fall and get up correctly on skates is very important for all figure skaters.
The bag was designed by a mother of skaters and has changed the way skaters store and transport their figure skates and accessories.
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.
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.
This article gives instruction on how to do forward crossovers on figure skates.
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.
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.
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.
When you put a series of turns and steps together, you are doing footwork. The possibilities are endless.
You've worked hard on mastering a number of figure skating moves; now it’s time to set a program to music.
: Swizzles are done by beginning ice skaters. Put your blades together with heels touching in a "V" position.
This photo gallery includes memories from the 2014 Stars on Ice show which featured the bronze medal Team USA Olympic figure skating team and other figure skating champions.
Figure skaters, Stephanie Kuban and Steven Elefante, had a wonderful experience performing as principal skaters in ice shows that took place on cruise ships.
The triple Axel is a figure skating jump. It is the only triple jump that takes off from a forward outside edge.
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.
A skater can't go wrong if he or she purchases a Harlick boot. Both custom and stock boots are available.
Forward swizzles are done by beginning ice skaters. Swizzles help figure skaters learn how to use their knees and edges. Swizzles also help skaters learn to glide. This step-by-step tutorial will help new figure skaters master forward swizzles. Page 2.
: In figure skating, the word "Freestyle" has more than one meaning. A freestyle session is a practice
It is not always easy to find figure skating apparel; in fact, to those new to skating, finding skating clothing can be a mystery!
The Axel jump may be the hardest jump for many figure skaters. Once ice skaters master an Axel, the double jumps come quickly. This short article outlines some steps that will help a figure skater master an Axel jump.
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.
What is the figure skating competition season? What time of year does the season for competitive figure skating begin and when does the season end?
"Mr. Debonair" Richard Dwyer: Richard Dwyer is one of the most popular ice skating show stars in figure
Amazing special effects and incredible ice skating make Disney On Ice: Frozen a magical experience for audiences of all ages.
This article compares the mothers shown on the reality television show
The figure skating competition season begins in the fall with regional figure skating competitions which usually take place in October of each year. To qualify to compete at regional figure skating competitions, certain U.S. Figure Skating test requirements are required.
This is a list of Canadian figure skaters who have done great things.
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
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 can a figure skater prepare for a career in a professional ice show?
Produced by Feld Entertainment, the Disney On Ice production of “Frozen” is considered the figure skating version of a touring Broadway show.
Very young children can ice skate. Many ice arenas offer ice skating lessons for toddlers.
The Ice Capades was a traveling ice show similar to Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice. The show was shut down in 1995. In 2008, the Ice Capades figure skating show has been revived.
New ice skaters have a difficult time figuring out how and what to practice. This is a recommended practice plan for a new ice skater.
Dorothy Hamill won the gold in figure skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics and was considered a technically perfect skater.
Lorna Brown is a British and World Professional ice skating champion and a world and Olympic figure skating coach. In this article, she gives some thoughts on the importance of off-ice jump training.
A jump that takes off from a forward outside edge. A half revolution is made in the air, and the skater lands on a back outside edge on the opposite foot.
This is a short list of recommended gifts that can be given to those who love figure skating.
How do figure skaters spin fast? This short article addresses this question.
There are different ways to get the right foot over the left foot. Most beginning skaters will want to place the right foot over the left, which is okay, but as a skater advances, it is better to place the right inside edge next to the other skate's left outside edge, and to then slide the left skate under the right. Page 5.
As the 2014 Winter Olympics approached, there were certain figure skaters that ice skating fans should have especially pay attention to. Those skaters became the 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Champions or medalists.
"Ice Dreams" is a Hallmark Channel original television movie that was released in January of 2010. It
Figure skaters should do exercises on and off the ice to help strengthen their legs when they do sit spins.
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.
This article lists the basic steps and turns done in ice dancing.
A mohawk is an ice skating turn that is done from same edge to same edge, from either forward to backward or backward to forward.
The mazurka is a figure skating jump.
This article gives ice dancers some ideas on where and how to purchase ice dance music.
This article lists some of the characteristics that figure skating and religious cults have in common. The competitive figure skating world may seem a bit cult-like to those who don't understand the sport.
Have you wondered what goes on during a live Disney On Ice audition? On April 4, 2014, About.com's Figure Skating Expert, Jo Ann Schneider Farris, observed and attended a live audition. This article is a summary of what went on.
There are some guidelines to follow regarding the care of figure skates.
Rainbo Sports is a retail company that supports and supplies the needs of figure skaters of all ages and levels.
Getting started at speed skating does involve some planning and preparation.
A spread eagle is a figure skating move where a skater glides on two feet with the toes pointing in opposite directions. The legs are completely straight and spread apart. This step-by-step tutorial gives directions on how to do a spread eagle.
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.
Russian figure skaters have dominated the ice skating world since the mid-1960s.
The Jackson Ultima ProFlex Boot is a hinged boot that is designed to reduce joint injuries. It allows competitive skaters to flex their ankles and cushion their landings. With the hinged design, a skater can land with his or her heel high in the air, increasing the landing time and resulting in a lot less stress on the knees, hips and spine.
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.
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.
This short article gives some tips on keeping figure skating spins centered.
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!
Lisa Ferris is a figure skater who is legally blind and also has a severe hearing impairment. She is also the mother of twin boys. Figure skating has given her much joy and she has also faced some challenges because she is a blind and deaf ice skater. This short article profiles this remarkable woman.
Figure skating is a very expensive sport. This article proposes a solution that could possibly make figure skating affordable and keep more ice skaters in the sport.