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Skating School Figures
Figures, or school figures, refer to circular patterns which skaters trace on the ice to demonstrate skill in placing clean turns evenly on round circles. These circles are skated using one foot at a time, as a skater masters balance, control, flow and edge to achieve clean and accurate tracings.
The Compulsory School Figures tests were designed to require skaters to demonstrate performing the correct edges and the turns performed on two and three lobe circles. Skaters were required to pass the figure tests prior to taking the corresponding free skating tests in order to qualify skaters to enter competition events.
Compulsory figures The simplest figure, the circle eight, consists of a circle skated on an edge on one foot tangent to another circle.Resources:
History of figure skatingThe history of figure skating stretches back to prehistoric times, when archaeological evidence of the activity has been found. Figure skating is one branch of ice skating.
The History Of Figure Skating Read about the history of figure skating to see how ice skating transformed from a means of transportation to an Olympic event that has captured audiences around the world.
1984 Winter Olympics
1984 Winter Olympics - Men's Figure Skating Compulsory Figures.
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associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
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