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Different types of Figure skating

Skating falls into two main sections: figure skating and also speed skating. Both featured in the Winter Olympics. Figure skating involves skaters to perform a variety of spins, jumps, and set movements across an ice rink. Two offshoots from this are synchronized skating and ice dance, this last, as its name advises, combines ice skating and ice dancing.

Figure skating is both an individual sport and a “team” sport in which pairs of skaters participate. For times, figure skating requires a great deal of technical skill on the part of skaters, although the creative understanding of routines is increasingly essential.

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The focus in speed skating is on sheer speed. The competition split into two main branches: the long track and the short track. The long track requires two skaters on the road for time over a distance of 545-10,940 yards. (around 500-10,000 m). In the United States and Canada, “team type” long-distance competition requires up to eight skaters running on the road, not limited to streets in the older disciplines.

Figure skating was one of the early superstars of figure skating, winning three gold medals at 1928, 1932, and 1936 Winter Olympic Games at Chamonix in Norwegian-born Sonja Henie (1912-1969). The skater lifts off from the forward inner edge of the blade and spins one-half times in the air, and lands on the rear outer edge of the opposing blade. The axel in which the skater spins two-and-a-half times in the air.

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The flip managing the toe pick at the front of the skate to help, edge jumps any jump in which the skater takes off from an edge of the foot without using the power of the other foot. The Salchow an edge jump where the skater takes off from the back inside edge of one foot then makes a full turn to land on the back outside edge of the other. The American figure skater Dick Button is shown here on the eve of the Oslo Winter Olympic Games in 1952.

 

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