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How long have humans been ice skating

The oldest pair of skates found so far are some 5,000 years old and were made around 3000 b.c.e. Found at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland, the blades were made from the bones of large mammals. The earliest skaters made holes at each end of these long bones and then used thick leather straps made from animal skins to attach the bones to their feet.

At some point in the fourteenth century, the Europeans started fitting flat iron “runners” or faces to the edge, rendering the skates heavier and allowing them better movement on the surface. Until the sixteenth century, skaters used sticks to steer and propelled themselves. The addition of a double-edged metal blade, which gave the skate traction to the ground, indicated that the skaters could use the skate themselves for steering and propulsion. The racing activity became regarded as the “Dutch Spin.”

Source: Image by Pech Frantisek from Pixabay

Earlier, Europeans brought the sport of skating to the Americas, where technological advances were soon made. In 1848, in Philadelphia, a man named E. V. Bushnell created the first all-steel skate lock, which soon became very appealing. Bushnell created the first all-steel skate lock that soon became very sexy. The steel was thinner than any other substance and less corrodible, and also offered a better skate fit.

Later, in 1865, Jackson Haines, a famous American skater, came up with the idea of a two-plate, all-metal blade. This blade Skating has been a favourite pastime for many years, as this old photograph of a flamboyantly dressed female figure skater demonstrates.
Figure skating includes skaters doing a series of flips, leaps and motions across the arena. Some of these are coordinated skiing and ice dance. The latter, as its name suggests, blends riding and dance.

 

 

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