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Why Are Compulsory Figures a Thing of the Past?

A reader contacted me a couple of weeks ago wanting to learn more about compulsory figures. He’d heard about them before, but wasn’t sure why they were never mentioned on television broadcasts. Compulsory figures were once the heart of figure skating–hence figure skating–but they’re no longer part of the sport. It’s difficult to explain exactly [...]

How Figure Skating Works: Advancements in Figure Skate Construction

A reader asked me for some information on recent advancements in figure skate construction. Here are a few points of interest that might be helpful for his granddaughter’s fourth grade report on Figure Skating. The oldest pair of skates apparently date back to 3000 BC, found at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland. The [...]