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10,000 Hours of Intense Training to become an Elite Athlete
Most athletes who have the raw talent necessary to achieve an elite level in a sport require intensive training sessions over a minimum of ten years according to the US Olympic Committee.
Ice skating sports such as figure skating require an indoor year round regulation ice surface on which to practice and compete. Junior and Senior High School, college or university athletic departments rarely recognize ice skating sports as official school activities and even fewer provide financial support to fund the expenses to operate such programs. There are rare exceptions of men's ice hockey, a few women's ice hockey programs in cold winter areas where ice hockey is very popular, and synchronized ice skating teams
For the most part, ice skating sports are under the auspices of national and international sports federations. Generally the individuals provide their own funding for training and competing. A few countries do provide governmental support, but that is not the case in the United States
Ice rinks not associated with a school experience weekday down time that occurs after a figure skater leaves the rink to attend school in the morning (about 8:00 a.m.) until a different group of skaters finish school and come to the rink in the afternoon (starting about 2:30 p.m.). This time slot doesn't attract many housewives, retired adults, or those who work the night shift. Some rinks can fill the time with pro or semi-pro hockey team practices.
It is difficult to arrange a school schedule or a job's hours to take advantage of the relative empty daytime sessions. There are real benefits to the athlete who can skate at these almost empty sessions and provides an unexpected source of extra revenue for the rink. The less crowded daytime sessions allows the athlete to choreograph and run through their programs. Without the fear of someone getting in the way, the athlete is able to achieve the consistency that is only possible through increasing their cardiovascular levels and reducing their performance anxiety.
The possibility of inexperienced skaters, who can accidentally get in the way, can only be eliminated if there are enough skaters to divide the MITF and Free Skating sessions into equally balanced skill session to reduce the risk of a collision resulting in season ending injuries.
Elite/World Class Training Centers
There are training centers that promote pair skating and ice dancing. Ron Ludington, world, and Olympic coach, was able to run pair and dance training sessions from 11:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. from Sunday night through Friday morning at the Skating Club of Wilmington, DE. His program attracted skating teams from around the country. After his initial success, he became the Director of the Ice Skating Science Development Center on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.
The University of Delaware Sports Medicine Clinic provides a comprehensive health care facility near the Ice Skating Training Center that is available to eligible skaters. A professional health-care staff and licensed physician are on duty to meet the needs of our athletes.
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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