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Figure Skating for Spectators

If you love to watch figure skating but don't always understand what you are seeing and what the judges are looking for, these resources will help you become a more educated.

Web Sites

Technical Figure Skating
Video clips and descriptions of the most common figure skating jumps, spins and other maneuvers. Also includes information about figure skate boots, blades and clothing. (by Kevin Anderson at Oasis.dit.upm.es)

Articles

Viewer's Guide to Figure Skating
A figure skating introduction for spectators on the Web site of U.S. Figure Skating, the official governing body for the sport of ice figure skating in the United States (from UsFigureSkating.org).

Introduction to Figure Skating I
This article explains how a person can get started in figure skating and it describes the different disciplines including singles free skating, pairs free skating, dance, precision, figures, and moves-in-the field. (by Don Korte at Sk8Stuff.com)

Introduction to Figure Skating II
This article was written to prepare spectators for the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City (2002.uen.org).

So You Wanna Learn the Basics of Figure Skating?
Introductory inforamtion about figure skating history, programs, jumps, spins, and the different types of competitions (from SoYouWanna.com)

Books

Spectator's Guide to Figure Skating
This introduction to figure skating jumps, spins, and pairs moves was written for ice figure skating spectators but many of the jumps, spins,and pairs moves described and illustrated in this book are similar to those performed by artistic roller skaters (from Amazon.com)

Figure Skating for Dummies
This book by Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi is a primer for figure skating spectators and an introduction to the sport for novice skaters. it explains figure skating disciplines, maneuvers, and what the judges are looking for. (from Amazon.com)

Videos

Spectator's Video Guide to Figure Skating
This 50 minute VHS video by Ann Margreth Frei explains how to identify the most common figure skating jumps, spins, lifts and dances, and also what the judges are looking for. (from Amazon.com)

What is a Salchow Anyhow?
This VHS video by Lora Cusumano identifies and describes the most common figure skating jumps and the techniques for performing them properly. The jumps explained in the video are showcased at the end in clips from actual skaters' programs. (from Amazon.com)

Forum Discussion

Differences Between Ice and Roller Figure Skating?
The resources on this page were written for ice figure skating spectators and newcomers to the sport, but many (most?) of the desciplines and moves described are common to ice, quad, and inline figure skating, even though the method for executing those moves will be different, and how they are judged may be different. Which jumps, spins, and other maneuvers are seen - or not seen - in all 3 sports: ice, quad, and inline figure skating? Post a note in our Artistic Skating Forum



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