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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Beginning Ice Skating Lesson
There are certain things new skaters learn in beginning ice skating lessons. This article lists and describes those things.
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.
Famous Men Olympic Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
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 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.
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.
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.
Pieces of Music Popular in Figure Skating
There are certain pieces of music that are the favorites of figure skaters and ice skating fans.
Music for Figure Skating
Skating to music is a very important part of figure skating. This article will help figure skaters with music selection
Figure Skating Legend Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
World Figure Skating Team Trophy 2015 Schedule...
The World Team Trophy Figure Skating Championships 2015 ice skating competition took place in Tokyo, Japan from April 15 through April 19, 2015. The competition is a figure skating event where the six best figure skating countries from the 2014-15 competition season compete against one another.
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.
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.
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 Olympic Pair Figure Skaters Everyone...
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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.
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 Recognize Olympic Figure Skating Jumps
This list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic figure skaters.
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.
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.
Roller Skaters Who Switched to Ice Skating
This is a list of skaters who made the switch from roller skating to ice.
Famous Japanese Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
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.
Stars On Ice 2014 Photo Gallery
This photo gallery includes memories from the 2014 Stars on Ice show which featured the bronze medal Team USA Olympic figure skating team and other figure skating champions.
Midori Ito - Japanese & World Figure...
Japanese figure skating legend, Midori Ito, won the the 1989 World Figure Skating Championships and the 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medal. She was the first female figure skater to land a triple/triple ice skating jump combination and a triple Axel in competition.
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.
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.
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.
World Team Trophy Figure Skating Competition
The World Team Trophy is a team figure skating competition between the six best figure skating nations in the world.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Inside Figure Skating's Biggest Scandal: Tonya...
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Review of EDEA Skates
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
Train Like an Olympic Figure Skater
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
Famous Olympic Figure Skaters
There are many famous figure skaters who have been a part of Olympic ice skating history.
How Often Should Figure Skating Blades Be...
This short article addresses how often a figure skater should sharpen his or her skates.
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 Spin
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
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.
Difference Between a Hockey Skate and a Figure...
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Types of Figure Skating
Figure Skating has four major branches: Singles, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
About the Slide Chasse Figure Skating Step
In a slide chasse, a figure skater brings his or her feet together and then lifts and slides the free foot in front. When the free foot slides in front, the free leg is extended and the free foot's toe is pointed.
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.
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.
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 Move Forward on Ice Skates
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
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.
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. Page 7.
United States Adult Figure Skating Championships
The U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships is the most prestigious adult figure skating competition in the Unitd States.
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.
Freestyle
: In figure skating, the word "Freestyle" has more than one meaning. A freestyle session is a practice
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 Do Forward Crossovers On Figure Skates
This article gives instruction on how to do forward crossovers on figure skates.
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.
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.
Morry Stillwell - U.S. Figure Skating President...
Morry Stillwell is most well known for serving as the President of U.S. Figure Skating. During his time as USFS president, a contract was signed with ABC that gave figure skating much publicity and money for television. What is not known is that before Morry Stillwell was an ice skater, he was a roller skater.
Waltz Eight
The waltz eight is a figure skating move done in a figure eight pattern.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 Find Music For Ice Dancing
This article gives ice dancers some ideas on where and how to purchase ice dance music.
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.
Figure Skating Parents Can Be Similar To "Dance...
This article compares the mothers shown on the reality television show
1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team Photos
On February 15, 1961, a tragic plane crash killed all the members of the U.S. Figure Skating Team. Also,
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.
How Do Figure Skaters Qualify for the Winter...
This article explains how figure skaters qualify for the Olympics.
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.
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
Moves in the Field
US Figure Skating has slowly replaced required figure tests with a series of tests called Moves in the Field Tests.
A List of Ice Skaters From Canada Who Have Left...
This is a list of Canadian figure skaters who have done great things.
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 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 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.
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.
Fun Games Figure Skaters Can Play At the...
This article lists some games that can be played on the ice to make skating fun.
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.
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.
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.
Swizzles
: Swizzles are done by beginning ice skaters. Put your blades together with heels touching in a "V" position.
1964 - The Protopovos Begin Russia's Pair...
From its appearance in the first modern Olympic Games in 1908, to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and beyond, figure skating has gone through amazing changes. Check out the history of the sport. Page 9.
Waltz Jump
A jump that takes off from a forward outside edge. A half revolution is made in the air, and the skater lands on a back outside edge on the opposite foot.
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.
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.
Lesson on Forward Swizzles
Forward swizzles are done by beginning ice skaters. Swizzles help figure skaters learn how to use their knees and edges. Swizzles also help skaters learn to glide. This step-by-step tutorial will help new figure skaters master forward swizzles. Page 2.
Footwork or Steps
When you put a series of turns and steps together, you are doing footwork. The possibilities are endless.
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.
Review of Disney On Ice: Frozen
Amazing special effects and incredible ice skating make Disney On Ice: Frozen a magical experience for audiences of all ages.
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.
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.
How Do Figure Skaters Spin Fast?
How do figure skaters spin fast? This short article addresses this question.
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.
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.
Ice Skating Rinks In Southern California
There are several indoor ice skating rinks in southern California.
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.
When Russian Figure Skaters Reigned
Russian figure skaters have dominated the ice skating world since the mid-1960s.
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.
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
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.
What is a Salchow in Figure Skating and How do...
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.
Katarina Witt - Two Time Olympic Figure Skating...
Katarina Witt is the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. She was known for being beautiful and athletic.
How to Be a Figure Skating Parent
Being the parent of a figure skater is a very hard job. There many things a parent of a figure skater must do. This short article outlines some of those things.
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.
Makeup for Figure Skating Competitions
Figure skaters must wear makeup for figure skating competitions and there are some differences on how competition makeup should look and be applied as opposed to regular, everyday makeup. The information in this article is from Nicole Schulz, Independent Consultant, Arbonne International.
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.
Review of Paramount Figure Skating Blades
Paramount figure skating blades are considered by some to be the most advanced figure skating blades available.
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.
Do a Chasse
Next put your feet back together again and repeat. Page 4.
Everything You Need to Know About Olympic...
Learn some things that fans want to know about Olympic figure skating and ice skating history.
How To Do a One Foot Glide on Ice Skates
Gliding on one foot on ice skates is a basic figure skating move that all figure skaters must learn and master.
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.
What to Expect At Your First Group Beginning...
The next step in a beginning ice skating lesson, is to step on to the ice and hold on to the rail. Page 2.
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.
Ice Dancing
Learn what ice dancing is all about and how it differs from traditional figure skating.
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.
Mohawk
A mohawk is an ice skating turn that is done from same edge to same edge, from either forward to backward or backward to forward.
How To Get Started Speed Skating
Getting started at speed skating does involve some planning and preparation.
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.
The Movie "Blades of Glory"
The movie "Blades of Glory" is really funny. For some people, this movie is "a must see." The acting
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.
Favorite Gifts for Ice Skaters
This is a short list of recommended gifts that can be given to those who love figure skating.
1968 - First Winter Olympics Broadcast in Color
From its appearance in the first modern Olympic Games in 1908, to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and beyond, figure skating has gone through amazing changes. Check out the history of the sport. Page 10.

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