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Do a Dip On Figure Skates

Sun, 18 May 2014 00:06:49 +00002014-05-18T00:06:49Z

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About 1972 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist Karen Magnussen

Fri, 16 May 2014 18:12:37 +00002014-05-16T18:12:37Z

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When I was a child, I had the privilege of training in Squaw Valley, California every summer with Canadian figure skating champion Karen Magnussen. She was so nice!  Magnussen went on to win a silver medal in 1972 at the Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan and in 1973, she won the world figure skating title.

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The Olympic Champion Who May Have Been Responsible for Taking Figures Out of Skating

Wed, 14 May 2014 21:01:26 +00002014-05-14T21:01:26Z

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In 1990, compulsory figures were taken completely out of international figure skating competitions. Some people say that Trixi Schuba's Olympic figure skating win in 1972 began the movement to eliminate compulsory figures from figure skating. ...read more

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Back Wiggles On Figure Skates Are Fun!

Mon, 12 May 2014 21:41:26 +00002014-05-12T21:41:26Z

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Recently, I "attempted" to teach Israeli Dancing on ice skates.  I discovered that back wiggling on skates added a fun dimension to that project!  Almost all new ice skaters can usually do a short back wiggle on the ice. ...read more

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Popping Figure Skating Jumps - Don't Do It!

Thu, 08 May 2014 17:35:53 +00002014-05-08T17:35:53Z

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Popping a jump at a figure skating competition is one of the worst things a skater can do. Falling gets more points than popping. ...read more

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Tips On How to Deal With Losing a Figure Skating Jump

Mon, 05 May 2014 19:47:00 +00002014-05-05T19:47:00Z

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Every figure skater, especially those working on Axels and double, triple, or quadruple  jumps, will experience the frustration of "losing a jump."  ...read more

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How Figure Skaters Can Strengthen Their Legs and Muscles For the Sit Spin

Thu, 01 May 2014 15:47:40 +00002014-05-01T15:47:40Z

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Those new to figure skating may need to do some leg and core exercises on the ice and off the ice as they work towards mastering the sit spin...read more

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Video of The Snow Queen: A Skating Ballet 1982

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:02:27 +00002014-04-24T22:02:27Z

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The 1982 production, The Snow Queen: A Skating Ballet, is and was a beautiful and timeless classic.  Some of the skaters in the production include Olympic figure skating champion John Curry and Olympic bronze medalist Janet Lynn.

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A Poem by US Intermediate Men's Champion Kellen Johnson

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:40:19 +00002014-04-22T16:40:19Z

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Kellen Johnson is the 2014 US Intermediate Men's Figure Skating Champion. He is passionate about figure skating and his passion for the sport shows up in everything he does.

Recently, Johnson was asked to write a poem for a school project and decided to write about his love of figure skating. Kellen's poem describes the joy ice skating brings to every figure skater's life, so I asked his parents and coach, Tom Zakrajsek, for permission to share it with my About.com Figure Skating readers. I've given the poem a Five Star rating. Read it, enjoy, and write your own poem about skating!

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Have Fun at the Skating Rink

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:36:20 +00002014-04-13T00:36:20Z

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Don't ever forget that ice skating is fun! ...read more

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