What Matters To Me

Something that matters to me, ever since I was little, is figure skating. I started when I was little and would skate on my grandpa’s pond trying different things. When I was around ten I started to take lessons and almost began competing. Instead of competing I quit to follow a different hobby. At this point I really regret quitting and wish that I did compete.

Ice skating was brought to America from Europe around 1740. There are three different types of ice skating. It is broken down to figure skating, speed skating, and ice hockey. All involve the balance and somewhat similar movements. We’re going to focus on figure skating. Figure skating requires precision and timed movements. The timing and force applied to the movement can vary the jumps or spins. These jumps and spins have a variety of difficulty and styles. Some of these movements have a flow like ballet. In reality some moves are taken from ballet to add the elegant feel.

Figure skating was introduced in the 1908 Olympics which were held in London. At this time it was part of the summer Olympics until 1924 when it was put into the winter sports in the Winter Games in France. At first,it was performed in stiff movements. Later on the ballet moves were added creating a more fluid style. An addition of music to the sport created that “ballet on ice” feel and it contributed to the flow.

In the Olympics there are three different figure skating competitions. They include the men’s and women’s singles and then the pairs competition. These have two different parts to them that show off each skater’s skills. The short program has a specific set of required parts that need to be completed. The longer program is a free skate which allows the skater to come up with his or her own choreography and express him or herself. Scoring is based on five different parts like transitions, skills, performance, choreography, and interpretation. Points are awarded depending on these specific categories are done by the skater. Overall points are also added to get the total.

Gettings, John, and Frantz, Christine. “Winter Olympics: Figure Skating.” Winter Olympics: Figure Skating. Web. 14 Jan. 2015. <http://www.factmonster.com/spot/winter-olympics-figure-skating.html>.

Cannon, John. “Ice Skating.” Encyclopedia.com. HighBeam Research, 1 Jan. 2003. Web. 14 Jan. 2015. <http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/ice_skating.aspx>.

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