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Figure Skating: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Dorothy Hamill's Famous Wedge Haircut Photo...
Olympic figure skating champion, Dorothy Hamill, was famous for her wedge haircut.
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.
Video of 1970 US Figure Skating Champion Janet...
Janet Lynn was and is considered one of the best figure skaters in ice skating history. This video shows her winning and breathtaking performance at the 1970 US Figure Skating Championships which took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
10 Olympic Women's Figure Skaters You Should Know
This article lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.
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 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 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.
Top 7 Basic Figure Skating Jumps Every Ice...
There are certain jumps that all ice skaters learn and that figure skating fans should try to recognize.
Beginning Ice Skating Lesson
There are certain things new skaters learn in beginning ice skating lessons. This article lists and describes those things.
Figure Skaters Can Be Excellent Students: How...
It is possible to train as a figure skater and also be an excellent student.
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.
Pieces of Music Popular in Figure Skating
There are certain pieces of music that are the favorites of figure skaters and ice skating fans.
Off-Ice Training for Figure Skaters: Why, What,...
Lauren Downes is a licensed physical therapist, a professional figure skating coach, a former competitive skater, and she is also an off-ice strength and conditioning coach. She is the founder and creator of Sk8Strong Inc. and she has produced instructional exercise DVDs especially for figure skaters. In this article, she talks about off-ice training for figure skating.
How 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.
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.
Music for Figure Skating
Skating to music is a very important part of figure skating. This article will help figure skaters with music selection
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 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.
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.
Famous Men Olympic Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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 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.
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.
Famous African American Figure Skaters
There are certain African American figure skaters that should be remembered. This short article highlights some of those 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?
Train Like an Olympic Figure Skater
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
Sign Up For About.com's Figure Skating 101...
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.
What to Wear for Figure 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.
2014 Olympic Figure Skating Results and Schedule
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.
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.
How Should I Dress for Ice Skating Practice?
This article gives some tips on what to wear for ice skating practice.
How to Qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of...
In this article, learn about the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition series and find out how talented young and up and coming figure skaters get a chance to compete internationally.
Review of the Disney Channel Movie "Go Figure"
'Go Figure' is a Disney Channel Original Movie about a talented figure skater who must play hockey to help finance her figure skating.
Famous Olympic Pair Figure Skaters Everyone...
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
How to Ice Skate
Do you want to ice skate? This short article gives ice skating basics so you can get started.
Review of EDEA Skates
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
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.
How To Move Forward on Ice Skates
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
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.
How To Spin
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
Nine Things You Should Know About Sharpening...
This article gives some figure skating blade sharpening basics and tips.
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.
How to Recognize Olympic Figure Skating Jumps
This list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic figure skaters.
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.
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.
Darlene Streich Gilbert and Charles Fetter -...
Darlene Streich Gilbert and Charles Fetter won the United States ice dancing title in 1964. They have maintained a close friendship for over fifty years.
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.
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!
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.
Famous Olympic Figure Skaters
There are many famous figure skaters who have been a part of Olympic ice skating history.
Famous Japanese Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
Fun Games Figure Skaters Can Play At the...
This article lists some games that can be played on the ice to make skating fun.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Figure Skating Legend Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
How To 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.
One Foot Figure Skating Turns
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.
Assorted Ice Skating Terms Every Skater Should...
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.
Remembering Figure Skating at the 2014 Winter...
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.
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.
Difference Between a Hockey Skate and a Figure...
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
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
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 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.
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.
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 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.
1976 Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill
Dorothy Hamill won the gold in figure skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics and was considered a technically perfect skater.
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.
Discount Skatewear - An Online Figure 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.
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.
Inside Figure Skating's Biggest Scandal: Tonya...
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Before You Try to Skate Backwards
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.
What to Expect At Your First Group Beginning...
Read about the things figure skaters learn in a beginning ice skating class.
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.
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.
Richard Dwyer - "Mr. Debonair" Ice Skating Show...
"Mr. Debonair" Richard Dwyer: Richard Dwyer is one of the most popular ice skating show stars in figure
Regionals
The figure skating competition season begins in the fall with regional figure skating competitions which usually take place in October of each year.
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.
Review of Jackson Softec Figure Skates
Softec figure skates make it possible to skate for hours in a comfortable boot.
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.
How To Take Care of Your Figure Skates
There are some guidelines to follow regarding the care of figure skates.
Freestyle
: In figure skating, the word "Freestyle" has more than one meaning. A freestyle session is a practice
How Do Figure Skaters Spin Fast?
How do figure skaters spin fast? This short article addresses this question.
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.
Ice Skating Rinks In Southern California
There are several indoor ice skating rinks in southern California.
Footwork or Steps
When you put a series of turns and steps together, you are doing footwork. The possibilities are endless.
Sand-Bagging in Figure Skating May Not Be Fair,...
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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.
Before You Decide What Type of Skating You Want...
Figure Skating has four major branches: Singles, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating.
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.
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.
How Often Should Figure Skating Blades Be...
This short article addresses how often a figure skater should sharpen his or her skates.
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.
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.
Review of the Figure Skating Movie "Ice Castles"
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.
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.
Figure Skating Parents Can Be Similar To "Dance...
This article compares the mothers shown on the reality television show
Ice Skating Institute
ISI, Ice Skating Institute, is for recreational skaters. There are test levels and competitions that are rewarding for all participants. All skaters win medals, trophies, or ribbons at ISI events. There are freestyle, spotlight, interpretive, footwork, and other fun events at ISI competitions. Many ice skaters begin skating lessons in ISI programs and eventually move on to USFS programs as they become more serious about figure skating.
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?
Figure Skating Romances and Marriages
Figure skating seems to be a great place for romance. Several skaters have met at the rink and have had romances. This is a list of just some skating related romances and marriages.
How to Become a Figure Skating Coach
Many individuals want to teach skating. This article addresses the qualifications needed to coach figure skating.
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.
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 Get Started Speed Skating
Getting started at speed skating does involve some planning and preparation.
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.
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.
Pair Skating Lifts
Lifts are the highlight of pair skating. There are several different types of lifts that pair skaters do. This short article lists the main lifts done by figure skaters that do pairs.
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.
Nine Pair Figure Skating Teams Who Were Watched...
This is a list of nine of the pair figure skaters worth watching during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
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.
Champions: A Love Story
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.
Swizzles
: Swizzles are done by beginning ice skaters. Put your blades together with heels touching in a "V" position.
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.
Lisa Ferris - A Blind and Deaf Figure Skater
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.
How To Do a Layback Spin
A layback spin is a beautiful figure skating move. Most ice skaters can master this spin with practice.
How To 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 Snowplow Stop
Stopping on the ice is essential for every figure skater. This is the first and easiest stop a skater must master.
Moves in the Field
US Figure Skating has slowly replaced required figure tests with a series of tests called Moves in the Field Tests.
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.
Dutch Waltz Ice Dance Tutorial - A Guide for...
The Dutch Waltz is usually the first ice dance those new to figure skating learn and master.
How To Do Forward Crossovers On Figure Skates
This article gives instruction on how to do forward crossovers on figure skates.
Do You Know Your Figure Skating History?
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.
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.
Should a Skater Leave a Figure Skating Coach...
: Should a Skater Leave a Figure Skating Coach For Something That May Be "Better?" Is it better to be
Debi Thomas - African American Figure Skating...
Debi Thomas is the only African American who ever won a medal in the Olympics in figure skating.
See Disney's Frozen Performed on Ice Skates
Produced by Feld Entertainment, the Disney On Ice production of “Frozen” is considered the figure skating version of a touring Broadway show.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Olympic...
Learn some things that fans want to know about Olympic figure skating and ice skating history.
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
Ice Capades - Figure Skating Ice Show Ice Capades
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.
A Lesson on Forward Crossovers
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.
Olympic Ice Skating Champion Oksana Baiul
Oksana Baiul, from the Ukraine, won the 1994 Olympics in women's figure skating.
How Do Figure Skaters Qualify for the Winter...
This article explains how figure skaters qualify for the Olympics.
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.
U.S. Figure Skating
US Figure Skating is the official governing body of figure skating in the United States.
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.
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.
All About Figure Skating Spirals
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.
Review of Snow White Inline Figure Skates
Snow White Skates are one of the most popular brands of inline figure skates.
A List of Ice Skaters From Canada Who Have Left...
This is a list of Canadian figure skaters who have done great things.
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