Figure skating has become a very attractive part of ice skating.
In fact, it is now one of the most popular sports in the Olympics. Figure skating is performed by a single person or a pair of people, perform ice skating moves such as jumps, spins, dance moves, and freestyle movements. This is done to music.
It is believed that figure skating began back in the 1700’s and at first was very bland and routine.
As the sport evolved, it became more of a freestyle type movement, allowing ice skaters to put their flair into their actions and originality. In the early 20th century, figure skating was introduced to the American culture.
Throughout the years, the techniques of ice skating have changed quite a bit. A sport that was not very well known at one time has grown tremendously in popularity. Currently, figure skating has more female than male participants. However, there has not always been a greater number of women than men. When figure skating first came out, there were a lot of men’s only events.
The first female champion figure skater was Sonja Henie.
She was the world champion from 1927 until 1936. When she won her first world title, she was only fourteen years old! She held the proud title of the youngest world champion until 1997 when Tara Lipinski won the championship at a mere two months younger than Sonja was.
Throughout the years, many things have changed and evolved in the world of figure skating. What was once thought of as a stuffy activity, is now considered a professional sport. The way the ice skaters are treated by society has also changed a lot. They are treated with respect as fellow athletes. Society came to the realization that figure skating take athletic ability (and a lot of it). A newfound respect was given to ice skaters as a whole.
There is a lot of time and devotion that goes into the sport of figure skating.
It is something that is started at a young age and progresses into adulthood. There is time spent on practice, money invested in outfits and competitions. It is certainly not something to be taken lightly. Those who choose the lifestyle of ice skating, invest blood, sweat, and tears into the sport. The payoff for all of the hard work is well deserved when it comes around. Rightfully so!