Figure Skating

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  • Topic: Figure skating, World Figure Skating Championships, Winter Olympic Games
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  • Published : March 5, 2013
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Figure Skating Artistic Skating or as we know it Figure Skating is a fun and completive sport for many ages. The history of figure skating: Between 1892 and 1896 the International Skating Union was founded, first European Championship was held, and the first World Championship was held. Before 1902 only men competed but in 1902 a woman Madge Syers competed in the World competition and placed 2nd. In 1906 a separate competition was created for ladies. The first Olympic figure skating competitions took place in 1908. An international figure skating championship was held in New Haven, Connecticut on March 20, 1914, but was interrupted by World War I. All skating competitions were again interrupted for several years by World War II. Dick Button was the Olympic Champion in 1948 and 1952. He was the first skater to perform the double axel, triple loop jumps, and the flying camel spin. 1952 The first World Championships in ice dancing were held. British skaters dominated ice dancing in only the first couple years. The first World title holders in ice dancing were Jean Westwood & Lawrence Demmy. Today Figure skating is a popular part of the Winter Olympic Games. Here is a list of countries who have produced successful skaters include Russia and the former Soviet Union, the United States, Canada, Germany and Japan. This sport is experiencing an outpouring in popularity in East Asia, mostly in Japan, China and South Korea, but also in the Nordic countries such as Norway, Finland, and Sweden. The age limit for the Olympics: The International Skating Union has executed minimum age requirements on skaters which have changed from time to time, with the current requirements set in 1996. In order to compete Europeans, Four Continents or the Olympics, skaters must be 15 before July 1 of the previous year, while for other senior international competitions, skaters must have turned 14. To be eligible for junior-level events, a skater must be 13 but cannot have turned 19 before...
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