Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, pairs, or groups perform on figure skates on ice. It was the first winter sport to be included in the Olympic Games , when contested at the Olympics in London. From intermediate through senior-level competition, skaters generally perform two programs the short program and the free skate , which, depending on the discipline, may include spins , jumps , moves in the field , lifts , throw jumps , death spirals , and other elements or moves. The blade of a figure skate has a groove on the bottom creating two distinct edges : inside and outside. Judges prefer that skaters glide on one edge of the blade and not on both at the same time, which is referred to as a "flat edge".
History of figure skating
Ice skating in China: a centuries-old story - Olympic News
Have you grown weary of shipping every possible character pairing from every CW show? Take a leaf from the internet's book and consider shipping figure skating pairs instead. One key difference between the two: figure skating pairs are seasoned athletes working with their professional partners, so don't, like, publish detailed fanfic about them like you would about Betty and Veronica. But, as The Ringer pointed out Tuesday , it's hard to deny the fun of shipping two extremely hot people performing incredible feats on international television. First, let's turn our attention to Chinese pairs skaters Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who enraptured Twitter on Wednesday with their short program set to "Hallelujah. The two are obviously incredible actors as well as athletes, so it's not that hard for the brain to catch the ferry into Ship City.
All the Figure Skating Lingo You Need to Know Before the Olympics
Ice dancing and pair skating look similar to ice skating fans, but the two figure skating disciplines are very different. Ice dancing, at one time, resembled ballroom dancing on the ice but has become more and more athletic. In pair skating, the man lifts the lady above his head and the pair does difficult acrobatic moves. Spins are done together in both disciplines, but in pair skating difficult solo jumps and spins are also done in unison. Ice dancers do intricate footwork sequences to music and must skate to a certain beat.
Russian pairs skating dominance is unlike anything we have seen in the United States. Here is how they stack up Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov were the first of five straight teams who would combine to win seven gold medals until the fall of the Soviet Union in Belousova and Potopopov began their reign by winning three straight silver world championships from , before winning Olympic gold at the Winter Games in Innsbruck. Belousova passed away in September