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Jo Ann Schneider Farris

Updated Articles and Resources

By Jo Ann Schneider Farris

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Darlene Streich Gilbert and Charles Fetter - 1964 US Ice Dance Champions Created: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      Darlene Streich Gilbert and Charles Fetter won the United States ice dancing title in 1964. They have maintained a close friendship for over fifty years.
    • How to Qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Created: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      In this article, learn about the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition series and find out how talented young and up and coming figure skaters get a chance to compete internationally.
    • How To Balance Figure Skating Training and School Created: Thursday, August 14, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      It is possible to train as a figure skater and also be an excellent student.
    • Alternatives in Education for Figure Skaters Created: Monday, October 27, 2008 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      A very controversial issue in figure skating is the issue of school. As figure skating training schedules increase, figure skaters find it very difficult to attend school and sometimes must decide ...
    • Loop Jump Created: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      A skater takes off from a back outside edge, jumps a full revolution in the air, and lands backward on the same back outside edge from which he or she took off.
    • Video of 1970 US Figure Skating Champion Janet Lynn Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Janet Lynn was and is considered one of the best figure skaters in ice skating history. This video shows her winning and breathtaking performance at the 1970 US Figure Skating Championships which took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    • Figure Skating Teaches Life Lessons Created: Friday, August 01, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Those who participate in figure skating learn about dedication, hard work, good sportsmanship, and how to perform.
    • Falling Leaf Jump Created: Friday, December 29, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      The falling leaf jump is a simple half-revolution figure skating jump.
    • Walley Created: Sunday, September 24, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      A walley looks a bit like a loop jump.
    • Footwork Sequences for All Figure Skaters Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      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 f...
    • Back Outside Power Three Turns Created: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      If a skater does a back outside three turn followed by a forward inside mohawk and repeats the sequence in a circle, he has done backward power three turns. The skater should push hard on the back outside edge. This footwork sequence should be done with much speed and the skater should practice doing back power threes in both the clockwise and counter-clockwise directions.
    • Nine Things You Should Know About Sharpening Figure Skates Created: Sunday, August 10, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      This article gives some figure skating blade sharpening basics and tips.
    • Review of Rockerz® Figure Skate Blade Guards Created: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Rockerz® Skate Guards are a skate blade guard designed by Olympian Charles Sinek.
    • Sand-Bagging Created: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      When figure skaters compete at a skating level way below their ability of skating or test level, they can easily win. This practice, called "Sand-Bagging" is not encouraged, but it is a fact that it has been practiced in the ice skating world for many, many years.
    • Before You Consider Becoming a Figure Skating Coach Created: Monday, October 18, 2010 Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014
      Before you consider teaching figure skating, there are some things you should know.
    • Review of "Game On" - Figure Skating Game Ideas for Coaches Created: Friday, August 08, 2014 Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014
      Kori Ade and Ryan Jahnke have put together a creative manual that can help figure skating coaches motivate their students.
    • Toe Loop Created: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      A toe loop is a figure skating jump that is done with a toe assist.
    • Can Adults Skate and Compete? Is There An Age That Is Too Late to Start? Created: Monday, June 26, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      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.
    • Figure Skating Clothes Have Improved Through the Years Created: Saturday, August 02, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 03, 2014
      Figure skating attire has certainly changed and improved. Skaters once skated in materials that did not stretch. Learn more about the history of ice skating clothes in this article.
    • An Illustrated History of Figure Skating Clothes Created: Saturday, July 07, 2012 Updated: Sunday, August 03, 2014
      Through the years, figure skating clothes have evolved and changed.
    • About Disney On Ice's Frozen Created: Saturday, July 26, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      Produced by Feld Entertainment, the Disney On Ice production of “Frozen” is considered the figure skating version of a touring Broadway show.
    • Is Pair Figure Skating for You? Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      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.
    • Review of "Sequins and Scandals" - Essays About Figure Skating by M.G. Piety Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      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.
    • What Makes a Great Recreational and/or Social Ice Dancer? Created: Monday, July 14, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      This article explains what makes a great social and/or recreational ice dancer.
    • Mao Asada - Olympic Silver Medalist & World and Japanese Figure Skating Champion Created: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Mao Asada is a three-time world figure skating champion. She is also the 2010 Olympic Ladies Figure Skating Silver Medalist.
    • How to Become a Figure Skating Ice Dance Choreographer Created: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      This article gives steps and suggestions that may help a figure skater achieve the goal and dream of becoming an ice dancing figure skating choreographer.
    • Bullying of Figure Skaters Can Continue Into Adult Life Created: Monday, August 15, 2011 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      I've wanted to pretend that bullying doesn't exist in the ice skating world, but it is truly a reality in our sport. What can be done to stop it?
    • Could Your Life Be a Television Reality Show About Figure Skating? Created: Thursday, December 20, 2012 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      What could be better than a very informative show that showed a real figure skating family?
    • What Is the Difference Between Olympic Pair Skating and Olympic Ice Dancing? Created: Sunday, March 02, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      It is obvious that both pair skating and ice dancing require excellent figure skating skills and athleticism, but what is the difference?
    • Video of Le Patin Libre - Creative Inline Figure Skating Created: Thursday, July 10, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      Le Patin Libre, based in Montréal, Canada, is modern figure skating dance company which was founded in 2005. The group, made up of high level figure skaters, uses athleticism and free expression on ice skates and off the ice on inline figure skates.
    • Summary of the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      Japan's figure skaters seemed to shine at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships which took place in their own country last week.  In addition, the
    • The GRIT Skate Bag Holds Everything a Figure Skater Might Need Created: Saturday, July 20, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      When I was a child, my brother, sister, and I headed for the ice rink every morning carrying suitcases.  Inside those suitcases we fit two

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