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Jo Ann Schneider Farris

Updated Articles and Resources

By Jo Ann Schneider Farris

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Olympic Figure Skating Champions Sochi 2014 Created: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Learn about the figure skaters who won gold at the XXII Winter Olympic Games which took place in Sochi Russia from February 6 through February 22, 2014.
    • Before You Choose a Figure Skating Coach Created: Saturday, June 10, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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 i...
    • 1976 Olympic Figure Skating Champion John Curry Created: Sunday, July 01, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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.
    • Where Do Figure Skaters Buy Figure Skating Clothes? Created: Monday, June 26, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      It is not always easy to find figure skating apparel; in fact, to those new to skating, finding skating clothing can be a mystery!
    • Dance Lifts Created: Saturday, September 22, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Dance lifts are done in free dance which is the most popular and entertaining part of ice dancing. Dance lifts are different than pair skating lifts because the man does not hold the lady high abov...
    • About Sophia North: A Young Figure Skater Created: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      This article shows how Sophia North, a young figure skater, takes skating seriously. The article is meant to provide guidance for parents of other young skaters.
    • Six Ways to Make Ice Skating Fun Created: Sunday, April 13, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Sometimes figure skaters work so hard that they forget to go to public sessions and enjoy their time skating. This article lists ways to be happy at the ice skating rink.
    • What to Wear for Ice Dancing Created: Thursday, May 09, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      At one time, ice dancing clothes were no different than traditional ice skating clothes, but times have changed.
    • Disney On Ice - A Skater's Memories Created: Sunday, December 03, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      This is a short description of one figure skater's memories of skating and touring with Disney On Ice.
    • Review of Jackson Softec Figure Skates Created: Sunday, September 10, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Softec figure skates make it possible to skate for hours in a comfortable boot.
    • Why Does a Triple Jump Get Scored Only As a Double? Created: Monday, January 25, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Ice skating fans don't always understand how figure skating jumps are scored. They can see a skater do a beautiful program with what seems like clean triple jumps. They think their favorite skater ...
    • SkateScience Figure Skating Blades Review Created: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      SkateScience figure skating blades are designed with an understanding of how every figure skating element works.
    • Elaine Zayak - World and National Figure Skating Champion Created: Saturday, April 25, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Elaine Zayak was the 1981 U.S. Figure Skating National Champion and the 1982 World Figure Skating Champion. She was the first female figure skater to land many triple jumps. The
    • Olympic Ice Dance Champions Created: Friday, September 06, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Ice dancing became an Olympic figure skating event in 1976. This is a list of the ice dancers who have won Olympic gold.
    • What Goes On At a Disney On Ice Audition Created: Sunday, April 06, 2014 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      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.
    • Skate Spinner Created: Monday, September 15, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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 Did the Name of the "Kiss and Cry" Figure Skating Area Come About? Created: Sunday, January 04, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      After a performance at a figure skating competition, the "Kiss and Cry" area is the place where the competitors and their coaches wait for the scores.
    • Figure Skating Movies Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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 to Expect At Your First Ice Skating Lesson Created: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Aleksandr Zaitsev - Olympic and World Pair Skating Champion Created: Saturday, June 14, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Aleksandr Zaitsev was the pair skating partner of the figure skating legend Irina Rodnina. They won every competition they entered.
    • Dick Button Gives His Thoughts on the State of Figure Skating Created: Monday, April 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      Figure skating legend, two-time Olympic figure skating champion, and figure skating sports commentator, Dick Button, wrote an article in late March of 2014 about figure skating's loss of popularity.
    • How Figure Skaters Can Prepare to Audition for Disney On Ice Created: Saturday, April 03, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      This article will help those interested in skating and performing in Disney On Ice to prepare to audition for the show.
    • Review of Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic Created: Sunday, April 08, 2012 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      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.
    • Famous Women Olympic Figure Skaters Created: Saturday, July 25, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      This article lists some of the most famous women in Olympic figure skating history.
    • Mao Asada - Olympic Silver Medalist & World and Japanese Figure Skating Champion Created: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Mao Asada is a three-time world figure skating champion. She is also the 2010 Olympic Ladies Figure Skating Silver Medalist.
    • Review of "The Price of Gold" - The Tonya and Nancy Saga Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      It is a known fact that the 1994 Tonya-Nancy figure skating scandal increased the popularity of figure skating, and "The Price of Gold" documentary might again help to increase figure skating's popularity.
    • A Step-By-Step Tour Through the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Saga Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      The most bizarre story in ice skating history is the Tonya-Nancy figure skating scandal.
    • Summary of the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      The 2014 World Figure Skating Championships was held from March 24 through March 30, 2014 in Saitama, Japan. This article gives a general summary of the competition.
    • Yuzuru Hanyu - Olympic, World, and Japanese Figure Skating Champion Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Yuzuru Hanyu won Olympic gold.
    • Famous Japanese Figure Skaters Created: Monday, September 09, 2013 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      This is a list of some of the best figure skaters in Japanese history.
    • Midori Ito - Japanese & World Figure Skating Champion & Olympic Silver Medalist Created: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      Japanese figure skating legend, Midori Ito, won the the 1989 World Figure Skating Championships and the 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medal. She was the first female figure skater to land a triple/triple ice skating jump combination and a triple Axel in competition.
    • Short Program Created: Sunday, March 11, 2007 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      The short program in figure skating is the first program skated in figure skating competitions. Short programs are done in single skating, pair skating, and synchronized skating. The program is shorter than the freeskating program or long prgoram, which is the second phase of the most figure skating competitions.

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