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.
There are certain jumps that all ice skaters learn and that figure skating fans should try to recognize.
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 will help those interested in skating and performing in Disney On Ice to prepare to audition for the show.
There are certain things new skaters learn in beginning ice skating lessons. This article lists and describes those things.
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.
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 figure skaters of all abilities decide how to purchase the correct figure skates appropriate for their age, skating level, and need.
This is a list of the things you need to bring when you go ice skating.
Emily Chan and J. Daniel Vallecilla are talented single and pair skaters. In 2008, Chan and Vallecilla not only qualified for pairs at the U.S. Junior National Figure Skating Championships, but they also each qualified for national juvenile singles. They are the 2008 U.S. National Juvenile Pairs Bronze Medalists.
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.
Skating to music is a very important part of figure skating. This article will help figure skaters with music selection
Many people that enter figure skating don't know how often an ice skater needs to skate to improve. This short article will help answer that concern.
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.
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.
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
There are certain pieces of music that are the favorites of figure skaters and ice skating fans.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, the Disney On Ice production of “Frozen” is considered the figure skating version of a touring Broadway show.
This article will help a new or prospective figure skater purchase his or her first pair of skates.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
A favorite for figure skaters of all levels, Jackson Skates are reasonably priced and there are so many different models to choose from.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
Do you want to ice skate? This short article gives ice skating basics so you can get started.
Are you a figure skater interested in becoming a pair skater? This article gives some basics on what to consider and how to get started.
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.
There are certain African American figure skaters that should be remembered. This short article highlights some of those skaters.
This list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic figure skaters.
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
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.
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
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.
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.
Frank Carroll is considered one of the best figure skating coaches in the world. Some of the famous skaters he has coached include Linda Fratianne, Michelle Kwan, and Evan Lysacek.
M.G. Piety, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has put together a series of outspoken and intellectual philosophical essays about the figure skating world.
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
Dorothy Hamill won the gold in figure skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics and was considered a technically perfect skater.
When figure skaters put a series of turns and steps together, they are doing footwork. The possibilities are endless. This article lists some suggested footwork sequences that can be skated by a figure skater who can do most ice skating turns and steps.
This article lists some games that can be played on the ice to make skating fun.
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
There are many famous figure skaters who have been a part of Olympic ice skating history.
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.
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.
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
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.
This is a list of some of the female figure skaters who were watched during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
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.
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
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.
In addition to wearing proper ice skating clothes, a figure skater must make sure his or her hair looks nice. A nice hairstyle will make most figure skaters skate better.
This article takes some secrets from figure skating and applies them to power hockey skating techniques.
This article explains what makes a great social and/or recreational ice dancer.
This article gives ice dancers some ideas on where and how to purchase ice dance music.
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.
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 figure skating competition season begins in the fall with regional figure skating competitions which usually take place in October of each year.
This article gives some tips on what to wear for ice skating practice.
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
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.
You've worked hard on mastering a number of figure skating moves; now it’s time to set a program to music.
The bag was designed by a mother of skaters and has changed the way skaters store and transport their figure skates and accessories.
It is not always easy to find figure skating apparel; in fact, to those new to skating, finding skating clothing can be a mystery!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article compares the mothers shown on the reality television show
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.
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.
This short article addresses how often a figure skater should sharpen his or her skates.
There are several indoor ice skating rinks in southern California.
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 is a list of Canadian figure skaters who have done great things.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stopping on the ice is essential for every figure skater. This is the first and easiest stop a skater must master.
Knowing how to fall and get up correctly on skates is very important for all figure skaters.
Learn some things that fans want to know about Olympic figure skating and ice skating history.
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.
Spending time in an ice arena will not only keep you young and fit, but is a great way to beat the summer heat.
A public skating session is a leisure skating session for skaters of all ages and abilities.
Figure Skating has four major branches: Singles, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating.
Read about the things figure skaters learn in a beginning ice skating class.
Barbara Murry began figure skating lessons when she was 62 years old. At 69, she began working on the Axel jump. She hopes that she can master the Axel and double jumps. She believes that age should not discourage anyone from experiencing the joy of figure skating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article gives instruction on how to do forward crossovers on figure skates.
Mondor over the boot figure skating tights are ice skating tights that include a built in skate boot cover.
The triple Axel is a figure skating jump. It is the only triple jump that takes off from a forward outside edge.
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A skater can't go wrong if he or she purchases a Harlick boot. Both custom and stock boots are available.
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 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.
Parents and skaters need to be aware that there are some guidelines all skating coaches follow when a skater switches coaches.
: Swizzles are done by beginning ice skaters. Put your blades together with heels touching in a "V" position.
A hair cutter spin is a variation of a layback spin. During the spin, in addition to spinning in the lay back position, a skater pulls the leg to the head.
This is a list of some of the male figure skaters to watch during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Many individuals want to teach skating. This article addresses the qualifications needed to coach figure skating.
Summer is a great time to put in extra hours on the ice. Most ice arenas set up summer skating programs that will keep figure skaters cool and busy. Some facilities offer special figure skating classes and off-ice classes for skaters.
"Ice Dreams" is a Hallmark Channel original television movie that was released in January of 2010. It
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.
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.
How do figure skaters spin fast? This short article addresses this question.
Learning to spin on on foot on figure skates may take time and requires much practice.
After spending years on the ice, figure skaters may be interested in a career in figure skating. This article lists some careers in the ice skating industry.
Figure 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.
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.
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.
Get Started Figure Skating With Group Ice Skating Lessons: If you are interested in becoming a figure
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.
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.
Snow White Skates are one of the most popular brands of inline figure skates.
Choctaws and mohawks are ice skating turns where figure skaters turns from either forward to backward or backward to forward.
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.
Have you wondered what goes on during a live Disney On Ice audition? On April 4, 2014, About.com's Figure Skating Expert, Jo Ann Schneider Farris, observed and attended a live audition. This article is a summary of what went on.
Rainbo Sports is a retail company that supports and supplies the needs of figure skaters of all ages and levels.
Ten figure skaters were selected to represent China at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In addition to qualifying for individual Olympic events, China is one of the ten countries that qualified for the Olympic Figure Skating Team Trophy event.
When should a figure skater stop using rental skates? Are rental skates okay at all? This article addresses this issue.
Softec figure skates make it possible to skate for hours in a comfortable boot.
Janet Lynn was the United States National Figure Skating Champion from 1969 through 1973. She won an Olympic bronze medal in 1972.
'Go Figure' is a Disney Channel Original Movie about a talented figure skater who must play hockey to help finance her figure skating.
A list of some sports that figure skaters may be good at and that may also help ice skaters with their figure skating.
Getting started at speed skating does involve some planning and preparation.
There are some guidelines to follow regarding the care of figure skates.
Ice Fire Skatewear is a clothing company that specializes in ice skating jackets and ice skating pants for figure skating.
John Curry was a British figure skater who won the gold medal at the Olympics in men's figure skating in 1976. He was known for bringing ballet to the ice.
Russian and Soviet figure skating techniques have had a tremendous impact in the ice skating world. This article lists some of the best Russian and Soviet figure skating coaches.
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.
This is a short description of one figure skater's memories of skating and touring with Disney On Ice.
The Professional Skaters Association, PSA, is an international organization that offers training and education for figure skating coaches and judges. The organization also provides liability insurance for figure skating coaches.