What is Figure Skating?

what-is-figure-skatingIf you are interested with this spectacular form of winter sport, then you must at least have a good idea of what really it is. In this article, we will show you what figure skating really is along with its 6 basic categories. We will also show the 6 basic figure skating routines
along with its scoring routine. Likewise, we will also introduce you to outfits used in this particular sport and the store where you can buy this figure skating accessories and core.

Figure skating which was first introduced in the Olympics in 1908 is an ice sport and activity wherein individuals, duos, or even groups perform with their figure skates directly on ice. There are basically 6 categories in figure skating. These are the synchronized skating, adagio skating, acrobatic skating, special figures, fours and theatre on ice.

#1: Synchronized skating- this kind of figure skating is usually performed in mix-gender groups of 12 to 20 skaters. The discipline further resembles an ice dance with an additional emphasis on precise group formations and complex transitions. Synchronized skating formations include wheels, blocks, circles, lines and intersections.

#2: Adagio skating- It is a form of pair skating most often seen in ice shows, wherein skaters perform many acrobatic lifts leaving all the other figure skating elements behind.

#3: Acrobatic skating– This type of skating is also known as “acrobatics on ice” wherein a combination of circus arts, figure skating and technical artistic gymnastics skills are required.

#4: Special figures- This type of skating involves the tracing of elegant original designs on the ice. It is indeed a common discipline in the early years of figure skating and once appeared in the Olympics in 1908.

#5: Fours– It is a form of discipline in which a team of four skaters, consisting of two pairs of men and women, perform in unison singles and pairs elements, and other unique elements that involve all the four skaters.

#6: Theatre on ice– Known otherwise as “ballet on ice” in Europe, theatre on ice is a form of group figure skating that tends to be less structured than synchronized skating and further allows the use of props and other theatrical costuming.

Figure skating moves

There are two categories in the field of figure skating. These are the toe jumps which are further subdivided into 3 different sub-categories and the edge jumps which are also further subdivided into 3 sub-categories. The toe jump is composed of the flip, lutz and the toe loop while the edge jump is composed of the salchow, axel and the loop.

Figure skating scoring

Each jump performed receives a score according to its grade of execution which ranges from +3 to −3 that is then weighted accordingly with the jump’s base value. The quality of execution, height, speed, technique, flow and ice coverage are further considered in rating.

An edge violation usually occurs when a figure skater executes a jump on the wrong edge. A flat which is also a form of edge violation refers to performing skating on both edges at the same time. An edge violation is then indicated and denoted by the symbol ‘e’ which is then reflected in the grade of execution in accordance with the severity of such violation.

Figure skating outfits

A pair of figure skates is commonly used in the field of skating. It has a set of large, pointed teeth often called as the toe picks on the front side of the blade. These toe picks are primarily used in jumping and should not be further used in stroking or in spins. If the toe pick is used during a spin, it will cause the skater to further lose momentum and make the skater move far away from the center of the spin.

Figure skating store

One of the figure skating stores around is the Figure Skating Boutique. It was established in 1972 and now operates in the Greater Toronto Area where the shop has a broad reach. This figure skating boutique is indeed a retail skating boutique well known by the skating community for its high quality supplying the latest trends in skating apparel and accessories, blades, boots and services such as mounting, sharpening and leather care.