Figure Skating 101: Jumps

If you think about it, figure skaters are gliding into jumps at top speed, throwing themselves into the air to complete an absurd amount of rotations before (hopefully) landing backwards on a quarter-inch blade. On ice. Why do we do it? Because behind all that hairspray, glitter, and dazzling smiles, we’re bat sh!t crazy. So,Continue reading “Figure Skating 101: Jumps”

Figure Skating 101: Boards

I got checked into the boards. I’ll back up. I was warming up for my figure skating competition. Each group of competitors (around six or seven skaters) has roughly five minutes on the ice to warm up for their programs. My group was called to the ice and at the first turn, things went sour.Continue reading “Figure Skating 101: Boards”

Figure Skating 101: Grace

For about 10 years, I was a competitive figure skater. Before you jump to visions of graceful girls flying into intricate, back-breaking spins, this was more like it: Even as I inched my way up through the levels, grace eluded me. However, what I lacked in beauty, I made up with solid jumps and speed,Continue reading “Figure Skating 101: Grace”