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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.
Dorothy Hamill's Famous Wedge Haircut Photo...
Olympic figure skating champion, Dorothy Hamill, was famous for her wedge haircut.
10 Figure Skating Injuries
This article lists 10 injuries that might happen to figure skaters.
Olympic Women Figure Skaters You Should Know
This article lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
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.
Compulsory School Figures Return to Figure...
The inaugural 2015 World Figure Championship and Figure Festival will be held from August 25 through August 29, 2015 in Lake Placid, New York, USA.
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.
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.
Compulsory School Figures Are No Longer a...
Participating and competing in figures only ice skating competitions like the World Figure Championship and Figure Festival will not affect a figure skater's eligibility status since the International Skating Union no longer recognizes compulsory school figures as an official figure skating discipline.
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.
Six Famous Figure Skating Scandals
There are some figure skating scandals that have caught the attention of the general public. This article summarizes the most publicized scandals in the figure skating world.
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
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 African American Figure Skaters
There are certain African American figure skaters that should be remembered. This short article highlights some of those skaters.
Debi Thomas - African American Figure Skating...
Debi Thomas is the only African American who ever won a medal in the Olympics in figure skating.
How to Buy Your First Pair of Skates for Figure...
This article will help a new or prospective figure skater purchase his or her first pair of skates.
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 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.
Famous Men Olympic Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the most famous men in Olympic figure skating history.
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.
About US Figure Skating
US Figure Skating is the official governing body of figure skating in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pieces of Music Popular in Figure Skating
There are certain pieces of music that are the favorites of figure skaters and ice skating fans.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Music for Figure Skating
Skating to music is a very important part of figure skating. This article will help figure skaters with music selection
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.
What to Expect At Your First Group Beginning...
Read about the things figure skaters learn in a beginning ice skating class.
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
Figure Skaters Can Be Excellent Students: How...
It is possible to train as a figure skater and also be an excellent student.
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.
What Was a Patch Practice Session Like When Ice...
Figure skating got its name because beautiful designs were skated on clean ice in the shape of a figure eight. These complex designs were called figures and that is why Figure Skating is called FIGURE Skating. In this article, the reader will learn what a figure practice session (patch session) was like.
Off-Ice Training for Figure Skaters: Why, What,...
Lauren Downes is a licensed physical therapist, a professional figure skating coach, a former competitive skater, and she is also an off-ice strength and conditioning coach. She is the founder and creator of Sk8Strong Inc. and she has produced instructional exercise DVDs especially for figure skaters. In this article, she talks about off-ice training for figure skating.
How 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.
An Illustrated History of Figure Skating Clothes
Through the years, figure skating clothes have evolved and changed.
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.
Inside Figure Skating's Biggest Scandal: Tonya...
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Figure Skating Legend Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
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 Spin
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
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.
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
Fun Games Figure Skaters Can Play At the...
This article lists some games that can be played on the ice to make skating fun.
World Figure Championship Gives an AIDS...
The hope of competing at the Inaugural World Figure Championship has given Christian Hendricks, who suffers from AIDS, a second chance.
Figure Skating Romances and Marriages
Figure skating seems to be a great place for romance. Several skaters have met at the rink and have had romances. This is a list of just some skating related romances and marriages.
How To 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 Terms From the Days of...
In the days when figure skaters did compulsory figures, there were certain terms that figure skaters, coaches, and judges were expected to know and understand.
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.
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.
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.
Review of EDEA Skates
This article reviews EDEA Skates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Turn
: A three turn is an ice skating move done on one foot. The skater turns from either forward to backward
1976 Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill
This photo gallery includes photos of famous figure skaters. Page 2.
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!
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.
Train Like an Olympic Figure Skater
All figure skaters can train like Olympians. Here's how!
How To Find Music For Ice Dancing
This article gives ice dancers some ideas on where and how to purchase ice dance music.
How To 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.
Olympic Ice Dance Champions
Ice dancing became an Olympic figure skating event in 1976. This is a list of the ice dancers who have won Olympic gold.
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.
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.
How to Recognize Olympic Figure Skating Jumps
This list will help spectators recognize the jumps done by Olympic figure skaters.
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.
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 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.
Famous Japanese Figure Skaters
This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
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.
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.
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
Difference Between a Hockey Skate and a Figure...
What is the difference between a hockey skate and a figure skate?
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.
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.
Figure Skating Secrets for Ice Hockey Players
This article takes some secrets from figure skating and applies them to power hockey skating techniques.
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.
Should a Figure Skater Purchase New or Used...
Should a Figure Skater Purchase New or Used Figure Skates?
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.
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.
Types of Figure Skating
Figure Skating has four major branches: Singles, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating.
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.
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.
Remembering the Days of Compulsory Figures
Years ago, beautiful designs were skated on clean ice in the shape of a figure eight. These complex designs were called figures and that is why Figure Skating is called FIGURE Skating. All figure skaters practiced figures for hours each day and before doing jumps and spins, every competitor in figure skating first had to compete in a figure event. Figure events were eliminated from official competitions in the 1990s.
How to Become a Figure Skating Coach
Many individuals want to teach skating. This article addresses the qualifications needed to coach figure skating.
Special Figure Skating Memories From the 2014...
The 2014 Olympics took place in Sochi, Russia from February 6, 2014 through February 22, 2014. Remember some of the special moments in figure skating from the XXII Winter Olympic Games.
Review of Jackson Softec Figure Skates
Softec figure skates make it possible to skate for hours in a comfortable boot.
Dick Button - Olympic Champion and Figure...
This photo gallery includes photos of famous figure skaters. Page 4.
Freestyle
: In figure skating, the word "Freestyle" has more than one meaning. A freestyle session is a practice
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.
How to Choose an Ice Skating Coach for Figure...
Unlike ballet, dance, or gymnastics, where learning occurs in a group lesson format most of the time, figure skating is mastered through private lessons. So….if you or your child is really interested in mastering figure skating, your first step is to select a private lesson coach.
A List of Ice Skaters From Canada Who Have Left...
This is a list of Canadian figure skaters who have done great things.
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 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.
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.
Figure Skating Parents Can Be Similar To "Dance...
This article compares the mothers shown on the reality television show
Everything You May Want to Know About the...
The Biellmann is a figure skating move that is named after Champion Swiss skater Denise Biellmann who originated the move. To do the move, a skater holds his or her skate blade and pulls the leg way back up over the head. The legs are completely split, but the knee of the free leg is bent.
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.
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.
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.
The Last Compulsory Figure
Years ago, beautiful designs were skated on clean ice in the shape of a figure eight. These complex designs were called figures and that is why Figure Skating is called FIGURE Skating. All figure skaters practiced figures for hours each day and before doing jumps and spins, every competitor in figure skating first had to compete in a figure event. Figure events were eliminated from official competitions in the 1990s. Page 4.
Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies
Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies was a touring ice skating show that existed from 1936 to 1979.
How To Move Forward on Ice Skates
This article will help teach beginning skaters how to move forward on the ice.
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.
How Should I Dress for Ice Skating Practice?
This article gives some tips on what to wear for ice skating practice.
Olympic Ice Skating Champion Oksana Baiul
Oksana Baiul, from the Ukraine, won the 1994 Olympics in women's figure skating.
10 Figure Skaters Who Have Died of AIDS
Several elite figure skaters have died of AIDS related complications. This is a list of some of those skaters.
Janet Lynn - U.S. Figure Skater and Olympic...
Janet Lynn was the United States National Figure Skating Champion from 1969 through 1973. She won an Olympic bronze medal in 1972.
What Is an Ice Skating Patch?
Compulsory figures were practiced on a piece of ice called a Patch. Most ice arenas no longer offer Patch sessions.
How To Do a Layback Spin
A layback spin is a beautiful figure skating move. Most ice skaters can master this spin with practice.
Famous Olympic Figure Skaters
There are many famous figure skaters who have been a part of Olympic ice skating history.
Practice Plan for Beginning Figure Skaters
New ice skaters have a difficult time figuring out how and what to practice. This is a recommended practice plan for a new ice skater.
About Avanta Figure Skating Boots
Avanta Skating Boots are made from a figure skater's viewpoint and may be lighter, better, and more stylish than some other brands of figure skating boots.
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 Do Figure Skaters Qualify for the Winter...
This article explains how figure skaters qualify for the Olympics.
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 Do a Basic One Foot Upright Spin On...
Learning to spin on on foot on figure skates may take time and requires much practice.
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.
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.
What is the Difference Between Ice Skating...
There are two different figure skating associations in the United States: Ice Skating Institute (ISI) and US Figure Skating (USFS). What are the differences?
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.
Ten Thngs Every Figure Skater Needs to Pack...
This article lists ten essential things that need to be packed in a figure skater's skate bag.
How To Get Started Speed Skating
Getting started at speed skating does involve some planning and preparation.
At What Age Can I Get My Child Started With Ice...
Very young children can ice skate. Many ice arenas offer ice skating lessons for toddlers.
Primary Coach - Every Figure Skater Needs a...
One coach should take charge of a skater's training.
Favorite Gifts for Ice Skaters
This is a short list of recommended gifts that can be given to those who love figure skating.
Olympic Figure Skating Champion Dick Button...
Years ago, beautiful designs were skated on clean ice in the shape of a figure eight. These complex designs were called figures and that is why Figure Skating is called FIGURE Skating. All figure skaters practiced figures for hours each day and before doing jumps and spins, every competitor in figure skating first had to compete in a figure event. Figure events were eliminated from official competitions in the 1990s. Page 3.
What is a Figure Skating Training Center?
A figure skating training center is more than just an ordinary ice skating rink. It is a place where many hours are devoted to figure skating. Usually, training centers have at least two ice sheets, many top coaches, off-ice training, and special programs geared towards creating figure skating champions.

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