What is Ice Skating?
There's figure skating and speed skating - sports you may have seen at the Winter Olympics. But skating doesn't have to be competitive. You can put on a pair of skates (which you can hire at rinks) and start gliding across the ice. It's best to make sure you can skate in a straight line before you attempt jumps and turns.
Under the general term of 'figure skating' there are five separate competitions at International Level:
- Men's singles skating
- Ladies' singles skating
- Ice dancing
- Pairs skating
- Synchronized skating
- Improved mental health.
- Improved strength in both the leg muscles and core
- Aerobic workout of dancing while on the ice
Attending public skating sessions at Ice Arena's around the country can cost as little as £6 with a small additional cost if you need to hire skates.
The only thing you need to go ice skating is skates and many ice arena's will allow you to hire skates for a small charge.
- Of the three main forms of skating, speed skating was the first to be considered a sport.
- Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean were figure skating Olympic champions in 1984.