Figure Skating... Whoever Thought Of This Artistic Sports? Because if you are used to watching Kristi Yamaguchi, the Gold Medalist in figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, along with all the other times she has performed, - Then you have quickly fallen in love with this artistic sports of Figure Skating, and that is not too hard to understand, since being able to stand on very slippery ice, and on some thin blades at that, is an extra ordinary achievement in itself. But add to that, all the spins, all the jumping, and all the partnering in difficult movements, then you are left speechless, as to the ingenuity, the balancing, and the artistic mind of Mankind. And of course you are left to wonder who came up with this move, who decided that the human body can spin so fast on ice, or even who came up with this great crazy idea of figure skating, and was it a necessary thing to do to survive, or was it just pure entertainment?.
So Today I Will Share With You All The Basic Facts Of Figure Skating:
An old Dutch word for skate is "schenkel" which means "leg bone". Ice skates have a very thin blade that minimizes friction and allows for movement across ice. Skaters can use the side of their blades and also Gravity along with Inertia in order to propel themselves across the ice. In Ice Skating, people glide across a stretch of ice by balancing on steel runners fixed to the bottom of boots specifically designed for skating. People skate on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers or streams as well as on artificially created ice in indoor or outdoor skating rinks. Ice Skating is popular both as a recreational activity as well as a competitive sport.
The first concrete mention of ice skating is found in a book written by William Fitzstephen, a monk in Canterbury. In his book about Thomas Beckett, he writes the following, a description of a scene taking place below the northern city walls of Canterbury during the winter:
...if the moors in Finsbury and Moorfield freeze over, children from London play. Some of the children have attached bones to their ankles, and carry well-worn sticks. They fly across the ice like birds, or well-fired arrows. Suddenly, two children will run at each other, sticks held high in the air. They then attack each other until one falls down. Often, the children injure their heads or break their arms or legs...
One of the most popular sports performed with ice skating is Figure Skating. In this, one or two people perform a choreographed piece to music that shows off the athleticism and artistry that can be achieved with ice skating.
Around the 14th Century, the Dutch started using wooden platform skates with flat iron bottom runners. The skates were attached to the skater's shoes with leather straps. Poles were used to propel the skater. Also,Adding edges to ice skates was invented by the Dutch in the 13th or 14th century. These ice skates were made of steel, with sharpened edges on the bottom to aid movement. The construction of modern ice skates has remained largely the same.
The first depiction of ice skating in a work of art was made in the 15th century. The picture, of Saint Lidwina, patron saint of ice skaters, falling on the ice was the first work of art to feature ice skating as a main theme
Also, ICE SKATING, was brought to North America from Europe in the 1740s, and it takes three basic forms: Figure skating, solo or in pairs, includes jumps and spins with varying degrees of difficulty, combined with movement and dance
In 1865, Jackson Haines, a famous American skater, developed the two plate all metal blade. The blade was attached directly to Haines' boots. The skater became famous for his new dance moves, jumps and spins. Haines added the first toe pick to skates in the 1870's, making toe pick jumps possible
The first artificial ice rink (mechanically-refrigerated) was built in 1876, at Chelsea, London, England and was named the Glaciarium. And the first recorded speed-skating race in England was in the Fens during 1814. Also World championships for speed skating (men only) began in the 1890s
As an Olympic sport, figure skating (considered an indoor sport) debuted in the 1908 Olympic Summer Games in London, with competitions held for men, women, and pairs. It became a winter sport at the first-ever 1924 Winter Games in Chamonix, France
In 1914, John E. Strauss, a blade maker from St. Paul, Minnesota, invented the first closed toe blade made from one piece of steel, making skates lighter and stronger
U.S. Figure Skating publishes SKATING magazine (est. 1923), which provides factual in-depth coverage of the world of skating for sports enthusiasts.
The largest outdoor ice rink is the Fujikyu Highland Promenade Rink in Japan, built in 1967 and boasts an ice area of 165,750 square feet-- equal to 3.8 acres
The International Skating Union (ISU) introduced a rule requiring that women wear skirts after they were scandalized by Debi Thomas’ unitard at the 1988 Olympics:
Lucinda Ruh, is dubbed 'Queen of Spin' because she has been clocked at six rotations a second and she holds the Guinness World Record for the being the longest spinner on ice in the world. In her memoir, Frozen Teardrop she is quoted saying that she used to faint right out of the spins due to the high pressure and the lack of oxygen going to her brain. She used to suffer from broken blood vessels all down her arms and face and get bloodshot eyes form her spins too! She has said to have suffered from the repercussions of ongoing brain concussions from the velocity of the power and speed in her spins that have hindered her everyday life but she would not trade anything for her accomplishments on the ice.
Figure Skating... Whoever Thought Of This Artistic Sports? Because now that you know all this, you have to be glad that they did invent this great sports to entertain you, to educate you, to inspire you, as well to help you believe in the Human's ability to do extraordinary things physically, mentally, and emtionally. And now it is your turn to go out and get your pair of skates, find some ice, and begin to get exercise, all the while enjoying yourself with family and friends... Your Sports Advocate, James Dazouloute
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