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Figure Skating: Most Popular Articles

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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.
About of the Figure Skating Movie "Champions: A...
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 Championships. The movie took that story and made a very heartwarming story about a young pair skating team that falls in love.
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.
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.
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.
Beginning Ice Skating Lesson
There are certain things new skaters learn in beginning ice skating lessons. This article lists and describes those things.
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.
Suggested Meal Plan for Figure Skaters
Figure skaters of all ages must eat a healthy and balanced diet. Eating right should begin when ice skaters are young. This article includes a suggested meal plan figure skaters.
What 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 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.
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.
Famous Men Olympic Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating 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.
How Much Should a Figure Skater Skate?
Many people that enter figure skating don't know how often an ice skater needs to skate to improve. This short article will help answer that concern.
How to Audition for Disney on Ice
This article will help those interested in skating and performing in Disney On Ice to prepare to audition for the show.
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.
1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi
Kristi Yamaguchi won the 1992 Olympics. She also competed in pair skating with partner Rudy Galindo. In 1989, she became the first woman, in thirty-five years, to win two medals at the U.S. nationals.
Figure Skating Legend Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
Famous African American Figure Skaters
There are certain African American figure skaters that should be remembered. This short article highlights some of those skaters.
The Rink: It's Where I Belong
For figure skaters, ice rinks are like second homes, but also are the places where tears and hopes are made.
Review of Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Train Like an Olympic Figure Skater
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
Famous Olympic Pair Figure Skaters Everyone...
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
David Sadleir Did Amazing Acrobatic Moves on...
David Sadleir skated and performed professionally in ice shows and on stage for over twenty years. He was an expert at doing back flips on ice skates.
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
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.
Music for Figure Skating
Skating to music is a very important part of figure skating. This article will help figure skaters with music selection
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.
Pieces of Music Popular in Figure Skating
There are certain pieces of music that are the favorites of figure skaters and ice skating fans.
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.
Famous Japanese Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
What to Expect At Your First Group Beginning...
Read about the things figure skaters learn in a beginning ice skating class.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Six Stages of a Figure Skater's Skating Life
Every individual who figure skates lives a "skating life." For most figure skaters, that life spans a
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.
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.
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.
How To Move Forward on Ice Skates
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
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.
How to Wear Your Hair for Figure Skating
In addition to wearing proper ice skating clothes, a figure skater must make sure his or her hair looks nice. A nice hairstyle will make most figure skaters skate better.
How To 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.
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.
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.
About 1972 Olympic Figure Skating Silver...
When I was a child, I had the privilege of training in Squaw Valley, California every summer with Canadian figure skating champion Karen Magnussen. She was
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.
How Figure Skaters Can Strengthen Their Legs...
Those new to figure skating may need to do some leg and core exercises on the ice and off the ice as they work towards mastering the sit spin...read more
Figure Skating Can Affect Your Body Later in Life
Figure skating does take a toll on one's body later in life. This article lists some of the ailments that those who skated as children and teens might experience as adults.
The Snow Queen Figure Skating Ice Ballet 1982
The Snow Queen ice ballet was first broadcast in December of 1982 on a PBS television station. The classic Hans Christian Anderson ballet was put on to the ice.
About "THE RINKS" - Skating Arenas Operated by...
The Anaheim Ducks owns and operates several skating facilities in southern California.
Types of Figure Skating
Figure Skating has four major branches: Singles, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating.
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.
Every Figure Skater Needs a Zuca Bag
The Zuca Bag was designed by a mother of skaters and changed the way skaters store and transport their figure skates and accessories.
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
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.
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 Recognize Olympic Figure Skating Jumps
This list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic 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.
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.
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!
The History of Figure Skating
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.
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.
: In figure skating, the word "Freestyle" has more than one meaning. A freestyle session is a practice
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 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.
How To Spin
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
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.
10 Types of Figure Skaters
There are many different types of people that participate in figure skating. Some skate just for fun or exercise, others work on tests, some do ice dancing, and other skaters compete. This article lists 10 types of figure skaters.
How Often Should Figure Skating Blades Be...
This short article addresses how often a figure skater should sharpen his or her skates.
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.
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 Fall and Get Up on Figure Skates
Knowing how to fall and get up correctly on skates is very important for all figure skaters.
How to Stroke Forward On Figure Skates
Stroking in figure skating means moving from one skate to the other. This is what everyone does when they skate around an ice arena. Once gliding on one foot is mastered, a new figure skater can begin to learn forward stroking.
Review of Jackson Softec Figure Skates
Softec figure skates make it possible to skate for hours in a comfortable boot.
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.
How Do Figure Skaters Qualify for the Winter...
This article explains how figure skaters qualify for the Olympics.
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.
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.
1976 Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill
This photo gallery includes photos of famous figure skaters. Page 2.
Review of EDEA Skates
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
Can Adults Ice Skate?
Adults can certainly compete in figure skating. Both US Figure Skating and Ice Skating Institute offer tests and competitions especially for adults. In fact, US Figure Skating holds Adult Nationals every year. There are so many opportunities for adults in skating.
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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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.
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.
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.
The figure skating competition season begins in the fall with regional figure skating competitions which usually take place in October of each year.
Beautiful Ice Dancing Takes Place in Disney On...
In the ice skating version of Frozen, an amazing and intricate ice dance number takes place as the story is told.
U.S. Figure Skating Regional Map
Regional figure skating competitions are the first in a series of qualifying competitions. The United States is divided into nine different regions. Page 44.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Find Music For Ice Dancing
This article gives ice dancers some ideas on where and how to purchase ice dance music.
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 Become a Figure Skating Coach
Many individuals want to teach skating. This article addresses the qualifications needed to coach figure skating.
10 Figure Skating Injuries
This article lists 10 injuries that might happen to figure skaters.
Jason Brown's Historic Free Skate at the 2014...
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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.
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.
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.
Difference Between a Hockey Skate and a Figure...
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
How Can I Keep Ice Skating Spins Centered?
This short article gives some tips on keeping figure skating spins centered.
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.
6.0 Figure Skating Judging System
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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.
Dalilah Sappenfield's "Army" of Pair Skaters
Pair skating coach Dalilah Sappenfield took thirteen pair teams to the 2008 Indy Challenge figure skating
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.
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.
Butt Padds
Figure skaters wear butt pads during practice over the tailbone and hip areas of their bodies to help prevent bruises and other injuries especially when they are learning difficult jumps and expect to fall over and over again.
How to Do a Spread Eagle
A spread eagle is a figure skating move where a skater glides on two feet with the toes pointing in opposite directions. The legs are completely straight and spread apart. This step-by-step tutorial gives directions on how to do a spread eagle.
How To Get Started Speed Skating
Getting started at speed skating does involve some planning and preparation.
How to Ice Skate
Do you want to ice skate? This short article gives ice skating basics so you can get started.
Figure Skaters Need Ballet Training
Every figure skater must have training in ballet. Ballet gives figure skaters the basics they need to control their bodies.
About the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club
The Los Angeles Figure Skating Club has a rich history. The club has also been the home of many, many figure skating champions and medalists.
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 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.
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.
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 Do a Layback Spin
A layback spin is a beautiful figure skating move. Most ice skaters can master this spin with practice.
How Do Figure Skaters Spin Fast?
How do figure skaters spin fast? This short article addresses this question.
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
Photos of Famous Figure Skaters Falling Down
Falling is a part of figure skating and famous ice skaters do fall down. This photo collection shows elite figure skaters falling down on ice skates.
Famous Olympic Figure Skaters
There are many famous figure skaters who have been a part of Olympic ice skating history.
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.
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.
How To Do a Shoot the Duck
A shoot the duck is a fun ice skating move where the skater bends all the way down to the ice and glides on one foot while kicking the other foot completely forward. Directions on how to do the shoot the duck on ice are given in this article.
Figure Skating NBC Television Schedule 2015
This schedule summarizes the NBC television coverage for the US National, European, Four Continents, and World Figure Skating championship figure skating competitions for 2015.
Elvis Stojko - Canadian and World Figure...
Elvis Stojko won the Canadian figure skating title seven times. He also is a three-time world figure skating champion and a two-time Olympic figure skating silver medalist.
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.
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.
The Movie "Blades of Glory"
The movie "Blades of Glory" is really funny. For some people, this movie is "a must see." The acting
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.

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