Figure Skating: Most Popular Articles
Olympic figure skating champion, Dorothy Hamill, was famous for her wedge haircut.
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 lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
There are certain jumps that all ice skaters learn and that figure skating fans should try to recognize.
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 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.
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.
There are certain things new skaters learn in beginning ice skating lessons. This article lists and describes those things.
This article will help those interested in skating and performing in Disney On Ice to prepare to audition for the show.
Sue Woods is an adult figure skater. When her birthday came up, she put together a figure skater's birthday wish list. About.com's Guide to Figure Skating, Jo Ann Schneider Farris, was so impressed with the list, that she asked if she could share it with About.com's readers. The gift suggestions on Sue's list will be useful to anyone who wants to buy a gift for a friend or family member who loves ice skating.
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.
Tamara Moskvina is considered to be the most outstanding pair skating coach in figure skating history.
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.
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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.
There are certain pieces of music that are the favorites of figure skaters and ice skating fans.
A favorite for figure skaters of all levels, Jackson Skates are reasonably priced and there are so many different models to choose from.
Skating to music is a very important part of figure skating. This article will help figure skaters with music selection
In the ice skating version of Frozen, an amazing and intricate ice dance number takes place as the story is told.
The famous "Mr. Debonair" Richard Dwyer is perhaps one of the most famous ice skating show stars in figure
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.
Amazing special effects and incredible ice skating make Disney On Ice: Frozen a magical experience for audiences of all ages.
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
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.
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.
In 1990, compulsory figures were taken completely out of international figure skating competitions. Some people say that Trixi Schuba's Olympic figure
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
Learn some things that fans want to know about Olympic figure skating and ice skating history.
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.
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.
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.
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
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?
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
Popping a jump at a figure skating competition is one of the worst things a skater can do. Falling gets more points than popping. ...read more What
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.
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.
The bag was designed by a mother of skaters and has changed the way skaters store and transport their figure skates and accessories.
Recently, I attempted to teach Israeli Dancing on ice skates. I discovered that back wiggling on skates added a fun dimension to that project! Almost
There are many famous figure skaters who have been a part of Olympic ice skating history.
This is a list of the things you need to bring when you go ice skating.
This list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic figure skaters.
Lynn-Holly Johnson co-starred with Robby Benson in the 1978 movie Ice Castles. She played Lexie who was a talented young ice skater from Iowa who moved to Colorado to train for the Olympics.
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
Doing dips on ice skates is fun and easy and will also boost a new figure skater's confidence. ...read more How To Do a Dip On Ice Skates Learn to
This is a list of some of the female figure skaters who were watched during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
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.
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 2014 Winter Olympics took place in Sochi, Russia in February of 2014. This is the schedule and results of the Olympic figure skating events.
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.
This article takes some secrets from figure skating and applies them to power hockey skating techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a short description of one figure skater's memories of skating and touring with Disney On Ice.
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.
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.
Read about the things figure skaters learn in a beginning ice skating class.
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.
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.
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.
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
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
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.
Softec figure skates make it possible to skate for hours in a comfortable boot.
There are certain African American figure skaters that should be remembered. This short article highlights some of those skaters.
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
It is possible to train as a figure skater and also be an excellent student.
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.
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.
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.
A skater can't go wrong if he or she purchases a Harlick boot. Both custom and stock boots are available.
This article will help those interested in becoming figure skaters get an idea of what to look for in an ice rink.
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 can a figure skater prepare for a career in a professional ice show?
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.
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
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.
Stopping on the ice is essential for every figure skater. This is the first and easiest stop a skater must master.
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.
This article is meant to address some of the negative comments that have come in since the pilot episode of Jersey On Ice, The Learning Channel's December 12, 2012 reality show, aired.
You've worked hard on mastering a number of figure skating moves; now it’s time to set a program to music.
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
Universal Sports television and the Universal Sports website show Olympic and other world-class figure skating programs year round. Live and on-demand coverage is available. The Universal Sports website provides fans with figure skating news and information.
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.
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.
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 gives instruction on how to do forward crossovers on figure skates.
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.
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 article lists some games that can be played on the ice to make skating fun.
Knowing how to fall and get up correctly on skates is very important for all figure skaters.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, the Disney On Ice production of “Frozen” is considered the figure skating version of a touring Broadway show.
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.
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.
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 short article addresses how often a figure skater should sharpen his or her skates.
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.
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.
Should a Figure Skater Purchase New or Used Figure Skates?
Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon won the Canadian national ice dancing title in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Do you want to ice skate? This short article gives ice skating basics so you can get started.
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.
How do figure skaters spin fast? This short article addresses this question.
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.
Dorothy Hamill won the gold in figure skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics and was considered a technically perfect skater.
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.
This article gives some tips on what to wear for ice skating practice.
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 is a list of Canadian figure skaters who have done great things.
: Should a Skater Leave a Figure Skating Coach For Something That May Be "Better?" Is it better to be
: In figure skating, the word "Freestyle" has more than one meaning. A freestyle session is a practice
New ice skaters can't wait to try back crossovers. This step by step tutorial shows some back crossover basics. Page 2.
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.
Getting started at speed skating does involve some planning and preparation.
Figure skaters should do exercises on and off the ice to help strengthen their legs when they do sit spins.
Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya is the youngest figure skater to ever win the European figure skating title and is the youngest Russian to ever win an Olympic gold medal.
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.
Cammie and Alex's Adventures at Rainbow Rinks is the second children's ice skating book by Olga Jaffae.
The City Pond outdoor ice skating rink in Bryant Park is one of New York City's most affordable attractions.
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.
This article gives some figure skating blade sharpening basics and tips.
: Swizzles are done by beginning ice skaters. Put your blades together with heels touching in a "V" position.
Figure Skating has four major branches: Singles, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating.
When should a figure skater stop using rental skates? Are rental skates okay at all? This article addresses this issue.
When you put a series of turns and steps together, you are doing footwork. The possibilities are endless.
This article gives ice dancers some ideas on where and how to purchase ice dance music.
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.
Russian figure skaters have dominated the ice skating world since the mid-1960s.
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.
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.
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.
The triple Axel is a figure skating jump. It is the only triple jump that takes off from a forward outside edge.
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.
This article compares the mothers shown on the reality television show
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 single skating, a skater performs and skates alone. Men compete against men and women compete against women. Skaters perform jumps, spins, footwork, and other skating moves.
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 takeoff of this jump is on a forward outside edge. After jumping forward from that forward edge, the skater makes 1½ revolutions in the air and lands on the other foot on a back outside edge.
Very young children can ice skate. Many ice arenas offer ice skating lessons for toddlers.
There are several indoor ice skating rinks in southern California.
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