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Dorothy Hamill's Famous Wedge Haircut Photo...
Olympic figure skating champion, Dorothy Hamill, was famous for her wedge haircut.
Olympic Women Figure Skaters You Should Know
This article lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Figure Skater's Practice List
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 basic figure skating skills.
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.
Famous Men Olympic Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 African American Figure Skaters
There are certain African American figure skaters that should be remembered. This short article highlights some of those skaters.
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.
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.
Fun Games Figure Skaters Can Play At the...
This article lists some games that can be played on the ice to make skating fun.
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.
Basic Figure Skating Spins (Techniques and...
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.
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.
About Surya Bonaly - French and European Figure...
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.
Ten Famous Olympic Pair Figure Skaters Everyone...
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
Answers to Five Interesting Ice Skating Questions
Five questions about ice skating were sent to About.com's Figure Skating Expert JO ANN Schneider Farris from a student who was doing a research project on ice skating. The answers to that student's questions are included in this article.
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.
How To Move Forward on Ice Skates
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
Six Things That Have Almost Disappeared...
At one time, the sport of figure skating always included certain things that were seen at every skating rink. These things have disappeared from the sport or have almost disappeared.
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.
Ice Skating Music - Music for Figure Skating
Skating to music is a very important part of figure skating. This article will help figure skaters with music selection
How to Do Back Crossovers On Ice Skates
New ice skaters can't wait to try back crossovers. This step by step tutorial gives some back crossover basics.
A List of Ice Skaters From Canada Who Have Left...
This is a list of Canadian figure skaters who have done great things.
Tips on How to Dress for Figure Skating Practice
This article gives some tips on what to wear for ice skating practice.
12 Popular Summer Skating Programs and Camps...
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.
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 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.
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.
Figure Skating Legend Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
Train Like an Olympic Figure Skater
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
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.
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.
What to Expect At Your First Group Beginning...
Read about the things figure skaters learn in a beginning ice skating class.
An Ice Skating Lesson on Forward Crossovers
Crossovers are the way skaters move around corners and the ends of a rink. This step by step tutorial will help new figure skaters master this essential ice skating skill.
Difference Between a Hockey Skate and a Figure...
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
Ice Skating Is Fun!
Ice skating can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This article outlines the joys and benefits of the sport.
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.
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.
How to Ice Skate - Nine Tips for Success
Do you want to ice skate? This short article gives ice skating basics so you can get started.
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.
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 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.
A Brief Summary of the History of Ice Skating...
Figure skating attire has certainly changed and improved. Skaters once skated in materials that did not stretch. Learn more about the history of ice skating clothes in this article.
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.
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.
The PIC Skate for Dry Land Figure Skating Review
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Review of Jackson Softec Figure Skates
Softec figure skates make it possible to skate for hours in a comfortable boot.
When Russian Figure Skaters Reigned
Russian figure skaters have dominated the ice skating world since the mid-1960s.
How to Recognize Olympic Figure Skating Jumps
This list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic figure skaters.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How Often Should Figure Skating Blades Be...
This short article addresses how often a figure skater should sharpen his or her skates.
1976 Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill
This photo gallery includes photos of famous figure skaters. Page 2.
Do You Know Your Figure Skating History?
This article includes some excellent questions and answers about the history of figure skating.
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 Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic
About.com's Figure Skating Expert Jo Ann Schneider Farris took her family to see Disney On Ice; 100 Years of Magic. This is her review of the show.
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
How To Do Forward Crossovers On Figure Skates
This article gives instruction on how to do forward crossovers on figure skates.
A Bit About the Ice Hall at the Broadmoor World...
Figure skaters from all over the world come to Colorado Springs to train at the Ice Hall at the Broadmoor World Arena. The facility is also the home of the Broadmoor Skating Club.
Types of Figure Skating
Figure Skating has four major branches: Singles, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating.
How To Spin
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
In Figure Skating the Term "Freestyle" Means...
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Where Can Figure Skaters Purchase Pattern Ice...
This article gives ice dancers some ideas on where and how to purchase ice dance music.
Debi Thomas - African American Figure Skating...
Debi Thomas is the only African American who ever won a medal in the Olympics in figure skating.
All About Ice Skating Opportunities for Adult...
There are various opportunities available for adult figure skaters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before You Consider Becoming a Figure Skating...
Before you consider teaching figure skating, there are some things you should know.
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.
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.
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 Fall and Get Up on Figure Skates
Knowing how to fall and get up correctly on skates is very important for all figure skaters.
Review of EDEA Skates
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
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.
Summary of the United States National Figure...
The 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships took place from January 15 to January 24, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota. This article includes some competition highlights and competition results.
Famous Japanese Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Wylie, Olympic Figure Skater Profile
Paul Wylie is the 1992 Olympic Men's Figure Skating Silver Medalist.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What You Need to Know About Mondor Over the...
Mondor over the boot figure skating tights are ice skating tights that include a built in skate boot cover.
Video of Famous Figure Skaters Performing Back...
This video includes clips of famous figure skaters throughout ice skating history doing back flips on the ice.
How To Take Care of Your Figure Skates
There are some guidelines to follow regarding the care of figure skates.
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.
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.
Todd Eldredge - U.S. and World Figure Skating...
Todd Eldredge not only won the world figure skating championships, but he competed in three different Olympics. In addition, he won the United States men's figure skating title six times.
Review of Snow White Inline Figure Skates
Snow White Skates are one of the most popular brands of inline figure skates.
Review Of US Figure Skating's Skate Coach App
In 2011, US Figure Skating introduced an App for the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad that makes US Figure Skating's entire Basic Skills curriculum available to users.
Review of Lake Placid Elite Leather Figure Skates
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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.
Mabel Fairbanks - African American Figure...
Mabel Fairbanks was an African American figure skater and ice skating coach. Her strength and determination paved the way for African Americans and other figure skaters from minority backgrounds to be part of the sport.
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.
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.
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.
What Does a Figure Skater Need to Do to Become...
How can a figure skater prepare for a career in a professional ice show?
What Was a Patch Practice Session Like When Ice...
Figure skating got its name because beautiful designs were skated on clean ice in the shape of a figure eight. These complex designs were called figures and that is why Figure Skating is called FIGURE Skating. In this article, the reader will learn what a figure practice session (patch session) was like.
Grit Figure Skating Bag Review
The Grit figure skating bag's tower design keeps skaters organized.
The Hamill Camel: Figure Skater Dorothy...
Dorothy Hamill, the 1976 Olympic Figure Skating Champion, did a trademark move that was known as the Hamill Camel.
How To Do a Layback Spin
A layback spin is a beautiful figure skating move. Most ice skaters can master this spin with practice.
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.
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
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.
Dick Button - Olympic Champion and Figure...
This photo gallery includes photos of famous figure skaters. Page 4.
The Importance of "Off-Ice Jumps" - By Figure...
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.
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.
How to Become a Figure Skating Coach
Many individuals want to teach skating. This article addresses the qualifications needed to coach figure skating.
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.
High Cost of Figure Skating: A Solution
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.
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.
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.
Ice Skating Champions Tai Babilonia and Randy...
Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner began skating together in the 1960s. They continue to be figure skating stars.
How Do Figure Skaters Spin Fast?
How do figure skaters spin fast? This short article addresses this question.
Figure Skating Parents Can Be Similar To "Dance...
This article compares the mothers shown on the reality television show

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