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.
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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.
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.
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
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