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Dorothy Hamill's Famous Wedge Haircut Photo...
Olympic figure skating champion, Dorothy Hamill, was famous for her wedge haircut.
World Figure Championship Gives an AIDS...
The hope of competing at the Inaugural World Figure Championship has given Christian Hendricks, who suffers from AIDS, a second chance.
Olympic Women Figure Skaters You Should Know
This article lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
Ten 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. Listed below are ten types of figure skaters.
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 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.
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.
What to Expect At Your First Group Beginning...
Read about the things figure skaters learn in a beginning ice skating class.
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.
Beginning Ice Skating Lesson
There are certain things new skaters learn in beginning ice skating lessons. This article lists and describes those things.
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 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.
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
An Illustrated History of Figure Skating Clothes
Through the years, figure skating clothes have evolved and changed.
Famous Men Olympic Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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.
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.
Train Like an Olympic Figure Skater
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
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.
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.
K12 Distance School Curriculum - An Educational...
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.
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.
Famous African American Figure Skaters
There are certain African American figure skaters that should be remembered. This short article highlights some of those skaters.
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.
About Figure Skating at the 2016 Winter Youth...
The 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games will take place from February 12, 2016 through February 21, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway.
Famous Olympic Pair Figure Skaters Everyone...
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
How to Do a Spread Eagle
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.
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.
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.
About the Champion Skating Harness Figure...
Sheila Thelen's off-ice Champion Skating Harness helps figure skaters of all ages and levels get the feel of how skating jumps rotate in the air.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olympic Dreams Begin With Figure Skating Tests
Are you a figure skater who is about ready to take a US Figure Skating test? Have you ever wondered what your test experience may be like? To help you prepare, take a step-by-step journey with a young figure skater named Colleen McCleish who took a US Figure Skating ice dance test in February of 2015.
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.
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.
How to Recognize Olympic Figure Skating Jumps
This list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic figure skaters.
Music for Figure Skating
Skating to music is a very important part of figure skating. This article will help figure skaters with music selection
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.
A Little Blade Advice!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
How to Prepare for the Pre-Preliminary Moves in...
The first "advanced" figure skating test, beyond US Figure Skating's Basic Skills tests, that ice skaters
Review of the Figure Skating Movie "Ice Dreams"
"Ice Dreams" is a Hallmark Channel original television movie that was released in January of 2010. It
Figure Skating Legend Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
Do a Spiral
A spiral is a move done on one foot where the free leg and back are horizontal to the ice.
Famous Japanese Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
A Step By Step Journey Through Ice Skating...
Ice skating has gone through many changes over the years. Take a step by step tour through figure skating history.
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.
Freestyle
: In figure skating, the word "Freestyle" has more than one meaning. A freestyle session is a practice
Olympic Ice Dance Champions
Ice dancing became an Olympic figure skating event in 1976. This is a list of the ice dancers who have won Olympic gold.
How To Move Forward on Ice Skates
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
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.
Where Do Figure Skaters Buy Figure Skating...
It is not always easy to find figure skating apparel; in fact, to those new to skating, finding skating clothing can be a mystery!
How Should I Dress for Ice Skating Practice?
This article gives some tips on what to wear for ice skating practice.
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.
What Does a Figure Skater Need to Do to Become...
How can a figure skater prepare for a career in a professional ice show?
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.
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.
Pieces of Music Popular in Figure Skating
There are certain pieces of music that are the favorites of figure skaters and ice skating fans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Do a Camel Spin
A camel spin is a figure skating spin that is done with the same body position as the spiral (arabesque). This tutorial shows the basic steps required to do a camel spin.
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.
Summer Skating Programs and Camps for Figure...
Figure skaters can go to camp during the summer. Many week-long, overnight, and day camps for ice skaters are available at figure skating training centers throughout the United States.
Review of EDEA Skates
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
Compulsory School Figures Return to Figure...
The inaugural 2015 World Figure Championship and Figure Festival will be held from August 25 through August 29, 2015 in Lake Placid, New York, USA.
How Often Should Figure Skating Blades Be...
This short article addresses how often a figure skater should sharpen his or her skates.
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.
Inside Figure Skating's Biggest Scandal: Tonya...
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Figure Skating Parents Can Be Similar To "Dance...
This article compares the mothers shown on the reality television show
How To Spin
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
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.
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 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.
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.
A Lesson on Forward Crossovers
Crossovers are the way skaters move around corners and the ends of a rink. Mastering forward crossovers make a figure skater better and faster.
A List of Ice Skaters From Canada Who Have Left...
This is a list of Canadian figure skaters who have done great things.
How Do Figure Skaters Qualify for the Winter...
This article explains how figure skaters qualify for the Olympics.
How To Do an Axel Figure Skating Jump
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.
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.
Free Foot, Leg, Hip, and Arm and Skating Foot,...
The terms free foot, free leg, free hip, free arm, skating foot, skating leg, skating hip, and skating arm are used in figure skating.
How To Find a Pair Skating or Ice Dance Partner
This short article gives some ideas about how to go about the difficult task of finding a figure skating partner for either pair skating or ice dancing.
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.
Shattuck-St. Mary's School - A Boarding School...
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.
Difference Between a Hockey Skate and a Figure...
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
Ten Thngs Every Figure Skater Needs to Pack...
This article lists ten essential things that need to be packed in a figure skater's skate bag.
Fun Games Figure Skaters Can Play At the...
This article lists some games that can be played on the ice to make skating fun.
Every Figure Skater Needs a Zuca Bag
The bag was designed by a mother of skaters and has changed the way skaters store and transport their figure skates and accessories.
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.
Do a Chasse
A chasse is an easy ice dance step where a skater first strokes and extends. Then, the skater brings the feet together and lifts the other skate slightly off the ice.
What is the Difference Between Ice Skating...
There are two different figure skating associations in the United States: Ice Skating Institute (ISI) and US Figure Skating (USFS). What are the differences?
Famous Olympic Figure Skaters
There are many famous figure skaters who have been a part of Olympic ice skating history.
6.0 Figure Skating Judging System
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1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Peggy...
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.
1976 Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill
This photo gallery includes photos of famous figure skaters. Page 2.
How to Become a Figure Skating Coach
Many individuals want to teach skating. This article addresses the qualifications needed to coach figure skating.
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.
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.
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.
Before You Ice Skate in the Summer
Summer is a great time to put in extra hours on the ice. Most ice arenas set up summer skating programs that will keep figure skaters cool and busy. Some facilities offer special figure skating classes and off-ice classes for skaters.
Careers in the Ice Skating Industry
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.
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.
Figure Skating Secrets for Ice Hockey Players
This article takes some secrets from figure skating and applies them to power hockey skating techniques.
How to Stroke Forward On Figure Skates
Once gliding on one foot is mastered, a new figure skater can begin to learn forward stroking. Stroking in figure skating means moving from one skate to the other. This is what everyone does when they skate around an ice arena.
Practice Plan for Beginning Figure Skaters
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.
Waltz Eight
The waltz eight is a figure skating move done in a figure eight pattern.
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.
Switching From Ice to Roller Figure Skating
Irene and David Diamond began skating in their early fifties. Because of lack of ice time, they tried artistic roller figure skating and continue to enjoy dance skating in their retirement years.
Disney On Ice: Frozen 2015-16 Tentative Tour...
Most of the Disney On Ice: Frozen 2015-16 tour will take place in the western part of the USA, but the show will also be going to Mexico and Canada and some cities in the eastern and midwestern parts of the United States.
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.
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.
The Rink: It's Where I Belong
For figure skaters, ice rinks are like second homes, but also are the places where tears and hopes are made.
Dick Button - Olympic Champion and Figure...
This photo gallery includes photos of famous figure skaters. Page 4.
Janet Lynn - U.S. Figure Skater and Olympic...
Janet Lynn was the United States National Figure Skating Champion from 1969 through 1973. She won an Olympic bronze medal in 1972.
How to Qualify for Regional Figure Skating...
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.
The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at the Ford...
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.
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.
Ice Skating Rinks In Southern California
There are several indoor ice skating rinks in southern California.
Chapel Hills Ice Rink Closes
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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.
How To Do a Layback Spin
A layback spin is a beautiful figure skating move. Most ice skaters can master this spin with practice.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Elements of the Free Dance in Ice...
Free dance is the most entertaining part of ice dancing. Certain moves are done by each ice dancing couple. This article will help those interested in ice dancing to recognize free dance moves, positions, steps, and elements.
Why Tonya Harding Was Banned From U.S. Figure...
Just before the 1994 Olympics, right after a practice session at the United States National Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and hit hard with a hard object on her knee. The accident made it impossible for her to compete and Tonya Harding won the Championship Ladies event. Shortly after that, it was discovered that Tonya Harding had been part of an alleged conspiracy to hurt Nancy. Tonya was banned from U.S. Figure Skating for life.
What Goes On At a Disney On Ice Audition
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.
Pole Harness
A pole harness is a figure skating training aid that looks like a fishing pole. It is used to help skaters master jumps.
Olympic Ice Skating Champion Oksana Baiul
Oksana Baiul, from the Ukraine, won the 1994 Olympics in women's figure skating.
How Can I Keep Ice Skating Spins Centered?
This short article gives some tips on keeping figure skating spins centered.
About U.S. Figure Skating's Basic Skills Program
The U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills program is the official learn-to-skate program for figure skating in the United States.
U.S. Figure Skating Regional Map
Regional figure skating competitions are the first in a series of qualifying competitions. The United States is divided into nine different regions. Page 44.
Grit Skate Bag Review - Luggage That Holds...
The Grit figure skating bag's tower design keeps skaters organized.
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.
Meet the 2014 Chinese Olympic Figure Skating Team
Ten figure skaters were selected to represent China at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In addition to qualifying for individual Olympic events, China is one of the ten countries that qualified for the Olympic Figure Skating Team Trophy event.

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