Figure Skating - History
Humans have been skating for thousands of years. The first skates were made from animal bones and attached to the feet with leather straps. People used skates as a way of crossing frozen lakes and rivers in the winter. In the 1850s, figure skating started when skaters started trying various spins and jumps on ice. The first World Figure Skating Championships for men were held in 1896 in Russia. The first World Figure Skating Championships for women were held in Switzerland in 1906.
Figure Skating - Terms and Jumps
Figure Skating - Getting Involved
If you're somewhat coordinated and aren't afraid of falling on ice, figure skating can be a great way to get exercise and have some fun. The only equipment you really need is a pair of skates and you're ready to go. If you'd like to get started, ask about figure skating programs at your nearest ice rink or at school. For more info on a figure skating program where you live, head to the official US Figure Skating site, www.usfsa.org.
Figure Skating - Did You Know?