Figure Skating: Most Popular Articles
Olympic figure skating champion, Dorothy Hamill, was famous for her wedge haircut.
There are certain jumps that all ice skaters learn and that figure skating fans should try to recognize.
This article lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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.
There are certain things new skaters learn in beginning ice skating lessons. This article lists and describes those things.
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.
This article will help those interested in skating and performing in Disney On Ice to prepare to audition for the show.
There are certain pieces of music that are the favorites of figure skaters and ice skating fans.
Figure skating legend, two-time Olympic figure skating champion, and figure skating sports commentator, Dick Button, wrote an article in late March of 2014 about figure skating's loss of popularity.
The figure skating test structure may be confusing to those new to ice skating. This article outlines and explains figure skating tests and levels.
This article will help a new or prospective figure skater purchase his or her first pair of skates.
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.
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.
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
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 article will help figure skaters of all abilities decide how to purchase the correct figure skates appropriate for their age, skating level, and need.
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.
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 list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic figure skaters.
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?
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
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.
Jackson Skates are a favorite for figure skaters of all levels. The price of Jackson Skates is reasonable and there are so many different models to choose from.
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.
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.
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a list of the things you need to bring when you go ice skating.
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.
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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.
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
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.
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 article lists some games that can be played on the ice to make skating fun.
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
There are certain African American figure skaters that should be remembered. This short article highlights some of those skaters.
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.
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There are many famous figure skaters who have been a part of Olympic ice skating history.
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.
Ice Castles was made in 1978. Lynn Holly Johnson, who was a beautiful and talented skater and actress in the 1970s, plays a young and talented teen from Iowa who is discovered by a top skating coach. She gets a chance to go to Colorado to be trained to become an Olympic champion.
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.
This article takes some secrets from figure skating and applies them to power hockey skating techniques.
Getting started at speed skating does involve some planning and preparation.
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 is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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This article gives ice dancers some ideas on where and how to purchase ice dance music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many figure skaters have a difficult time figuring out how and what to practice during freestyle practice
Learn some things that fans want to know about Olympic figure skating and ice skating history.
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.
The television reality show "Dance Moms" is a popular Lifetime TV reality show. Figure skating families
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.
Zuca Bags are ideal for the needs of a figure skater. The bag was designed by a mother of skaters and has changed the way skaters store and transport their figure skates and accessories.
You've worked hard on mastering a number of figure skating moves; now it’s time to set a program to music.
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.
Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Stopping on the ice is essential for every figure skater. This is the first and easiest stop a skater must master.
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.
This is a list of some of the female figure skaters who were watched during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
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.
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.
This is a list of Canadian figure skaters who have done great things.
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.
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.
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.
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
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.
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
RollerGards protect ice skating blades and also make it possible for skaters to roller skate on ice skates.
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.
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.
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.
Figure Skating has four major branches: Singles, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating.
Discount SkateWear is an online figure skating store that carries major brands of figure skates, boots, blades, skating clothes, ice skating accessories and gifts. About everything a figure skater needs can be purchased through DiscountSkatewear.com.
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.
Ice skating is fun and easy. Figure Skating.
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.
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.
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.
This article gives instruction on how to do forward crossovers on figure skates.
It is not always easy to find figure skating apparel; in fact, to those new to skating, finding skating clothing can be a mystery!
Dance lifts are done in free dance which is the most popular and entertaining part of ice dancing. Dance lifts are different than pair skating lifts because the man does not hold the lady high above his head and dance lifts are creative. Some dance lifts rotate; others move on straight lines or on curves. Stationary lifts are also permitted.
Katarina Witt is the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. She was known for being beautiful and athletic.
Knowing how to fall and get up correctly on skates is very important for all figure skaters.
Mondor over the boot figure skating tights are ice skating tights that include a built in skate boot cover.
There are several indoor ice skating rinks in southern California.
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.
US Figure Skating has slowly replaced required figure tests with a series of tests called Moves in the Field Tests.
Read about the things figure skaters learn in a beginning ice skating class.
Gliding on one foot on ice skates is a basic figure skating move that all figure skaters must learn and master.
A forgotten figure skating movie is Champions: A Love Story. It was based a bit on a real figure skating tragedy that occurred in the 1970s. A male figure skater was killed when his private plane crashed on his way to the Midwestern Figure Skating Championship. The movie took that story and made a very heartwarming story about a young pair skating team that falls in love.
Ice skating can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This article outlines the joys and benefits of the sport.
Russian figure skaters have dominated the ice skating world since the mid-1960s.
: Swizzles are done by beginning ice skaters. Put your blades together with heels touching in a "V" position.
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.
When ice skating fans watch Olympic figure skating events, it is common to wonder what the differences are between pair skating and ice dancing. It is obvious that both figure skating disciplines require excellent figure skating skills and athleticism, but what is the difference?
The Biellmann is a figure skating move that is named after Champion Swiss skater Denise Biellmann who originated the move. To do the move, a skater holds his or her skate blade and pulls the leg way back up over the head. The legs are completely split, but the knee of the free leg is bent.
How do figure skaters spin fast? This short article addresses this question.
The mazurka is a figure skating jump.
A layback spin is a beautiful figure skating move. Most ice skaters can master this spin with practice.
Snow White Skates are one of the most popular brands of inline figure skates.
: In figure skating, the word "Freestyle" has more than one meaning. A freestyle session is a practice
Most skaters jump and spin in the counter-clockwise direction, but some skaters do moves in the clockwise direction. How does a skater determine which way to do figure skating moves?
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.
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.
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.
The Dutch Waltz is usually the first ice dance those new to figure skating learn and master.
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 figure skating choreography, expression, and style.
Russian born Larisa Gendernalik is not only a figure skating coach, but the artist of impressive figure skating drawings and paintings. Page 36.
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.
Some of the moves figure skaters do look similar to moves that ballet dancers do. If possible, figure
Many individuals want to teach skating. This article addresses the qualifications needed to coach figure skating.
This article gives directions on how to do the Salchow figure skating jump and also includes some Salchow trivia and facts.
This is a short description of one figure skater's memories of skating and touring with Disney On Ice.
Carol Heiss won the Olympics in 1960. She also won a silver medal in 1956. This profile gives some highlights of her figure skating career.
U.S. figure skater, Tim Wood, won the World Figure Skating Championships twice. He also won a silver medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics.
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.
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.
: A three turn is an ice skating move done on one foot. The skater turns from either forward to backward
Sometimes figure skaters work so hard that they forget to go to public sessions and enjoy their time skating. This article lists ways to be happy at the ice skating rink.
Ice Fire Skatewear is a clothing company that specializes in ice skating jackets and ice skating pants for figure skating.
A spiral is a figure skating move which is based on the classic arabesque position from ballet. The basic forward spiral is performed while a skater glides forward on one foot with the chest facing towards the ice and with the free leg stretched back.
Ice skaters cannot always take the time for ballet classes. "Ballet Secrets for Skaters: How to Hone
Choctaws and mohawks are ice skating turns where figure skaters turns from either forward to backward or backward to forward.
The triple Axel is a figure skating jump. It is the only triple jump that takes off from a forward outside edge.
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.
A jump done from the back inside edge of one foot to the back outside edge of the other foot. A half revolution is done in the air.
Dick Button has been a figure skating commentator since 1962. He is figure skating's best known television analyst. He is also an Olympic ice skating champion.
Through the years, figure skating clothes have evolved and changed.
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.
"Ice Dreams" is a Hallmark Channel original television movie that was released in January of 2010. It
Learn about the figure skaters who won gold at the XXII Winter Olympic Games which took place in Sochi Russia from February 6 through February 22, 2014.