Figure Skating is an individual or paired freestyle sport where competitors attempt to preform a routine on ice skates with extreme agility and poise. First preformed at the Winter Olympic games in 1908, figure skating is primarily a winter sport since it must be done either indoors or outdoors in very cold settings. Figure skating relies on ice skates, which are compromised of a boot attached to a slightly curved metal blade or skate with a toe pick at the front. Today, most figure skating competitions are preformed by individuals, duos, or teams and typically involve synchronization to music.

How is figure skating scored?


Figure Skaters are based on a point system. There are two types of marks a skater can receive: a technical and a program component score. Adding both scores result in the total composite score and whichever skater has the highest score wins.

How many calories does ice skating burn?

Ice skating can burn, on average, 630 calories an hour. Doing laps on an ice rink can help burn 387 – 663 calories depending on the intensity level and weight. Not only does ice skating help burn calories quickly, but it also helps with balance, coordination and muscle strength in your legs and glutes.

How do you stop when ice skating?

There are multiple ways of stopping when ice skating: snowplow stops, t-stops, and front t-stops. The most common way to stop is the snowplow stop: start by moving the flat portion of the blade and scratching the ice for a snowplow stop. Then put out one foot, click the flat part and bend the knees.

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Brian Boitano
Set of scaled height illustrations of various figure skaters compared to Brian Boitano

Brian Boitano is an American figure skater known for winning multiple U.S. National Championships, World Championships, and becoming the 1988 Olympic champion. Brian Boitano is the creator of the “Tano Lutz” jump, in which the skater raises their left arm during a Lutz. Brian Boitano became the first American to land a triple axel in competition in 1982. He began skating at the age of 8. He first retired from completive skating 1988, but after a change of rules he was allowed to competitively skate again and officially retired in 1994. Brian Boitano has made several television and film appearances during his career.

Brian Boitano has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Collection of drawings of Brian Boitano measured with overall height
Brian Boitano is an American figure skater known for winning multiple U.S. National Championships, World Championships, and becoming the 1988 Olympic champion. Brian Boitano is the creator of the “Tano Lutz” jump, in which the skater raises their left arm during a Lutz.

Brian Boitano has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Collection of drawings of Brian Boitano measured with overall height
Brian Boitano
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1988-1994

Birthday
October 22, 1963

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Brian Boitano standing, skating

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Peggy Fleming
Set of scaled height illustrations of various figure skaters compared to Peggy Fleming

Peggy Fleming is an American figure skater that prevailed in the women’s competitions from 1964 to 1968. Peggy Fleming won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. She is strongly associated with the 1968 Olympics as Peggy Fleming won the only gold medal the United States earned that year. Peggy Fleming became known for her performances that encompassed grace and artistic expression. She began skating at the age of 9. Peggy Fleming retired after becoming an Olympic champion and has since performed on television specials and has been a commentator in figure skating for over 20 years.

Peggy Fleming has a height of 5’4” (1.63 m).

Collection of drawings of Peggy Fleming measured with overall height
Peggy Fleming is an American figure skater that prevailed in the women’s competitions from 1964 to 1968. Peggy Fleming won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. She is strongly associated with the 1968 Olympics as Peggy Fleming won the only gold medal the United States earned that year.

Peggy Fleming has a height of 5’4” (1.63 m).

Collection of drawings of Peggy Fleming measured with overall height
Peggy Fleming
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1962-1968

Birthday
July 27, 1948

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Peggy Fleming standing, skating

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Dorothy Hamill
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Dorothy Hamill is an American figure skater and is known for winning the Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating in 1976. Dorothy Hamill won the Olympics without a triple jump and was the last female skater to do so. After her win she became America’s sweetheart.  She began skating at the age of 8. Dorothy Hamill is credited for developing the camel spin, which is a spin that transitions into a sit spin. This later became known as the “Hamill camel”. Dorothy Hamill retired in 1976. In her retirement she has made various television appearances and is an author.

Dorothy Hamill has a height of 5’4” (1.63 m).

Set of illustrations of Dorothy Hamill in various figure skating poses measured with overall height
Dorothy Hamill is an American figure skater and is known for winning the Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating in 1976. Dorothy Hamill won the Olympics without a triple jump and was the last female skater to do so. After her win she became America’s sweetheart. She began skating at the age o

Dorothy Hamill has a height of 5’4” (1.63 m).

Set of illustrations of Dorothy Hamill in various figure skating poses measured with overall height
Dorothy Hamill
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5’4” | 1.63 m
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1969-1976

Birthday
July 26, 1956

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Dorothy Hamill standing, skating

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Figure Skating Rink
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A Figure skating rink is a frozen rectangular surface with curved or circular ends on both sides used to host the Olympic sport of figure skating. Skating rinks vary in size depending on skill level of the athletes and performers, with the largest being an Olympic-sized rink. Skating rinks are often used for both figure skating and ice hockey games, and dimensions are typically the same for both. Unlike hockey, a figure skating rink is clear of goals and markings to allow athletes and performers the maximum amount of unimpeded space. Meant to provide a smooth and hard surface, the rink ice temperature ranges between -5.5C (22F) and -3.5C (26F).

Figure Skating Rinks have an overall length of 196.85’ (60 m) and width of 98.43’ (30 m), for a total area of 18,707 ft² (1738 m²). The corners of a Figure Skating Rink have a radius of 27.89’ (8.5 m).

Dimensioned plan drawing of a Figure Skating Rink measured with length and width
A Figure skating rink is a frozen rectangular surface with curved or circular ends on both sides used to host the Olympic sport of figure skating. Skating rinks vary in size depending on skill level of the athletes and performers, with the largest being an Olympic-sized rink.

Figure Skating Rinks have an overall length of 196.85’ (60 m) and width of 98.43’ (30 m), for a total area of 18,707 ft² (1738 m²). The corners of a Figure Skating Rink have a radius of 27.89’ (8.5 m).

Dimensioned plan drawing of a Figure Skating Rink measured with length and width
Figure Skating Rink
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42” | 106.7 cm (Boards)
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98.43’ | 30 m
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18,707 ft² | 1738 m²

Corner Radius: 27.89’ | 8.5 m
Surface Materials: Thin layer of ice over level painted concrete subsurface

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Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir

Tessa Virtue and Scott more are Canadian figure skaters that are known for becoming the first North Americans to win the Olympic gold medal in ice dancing at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir also became the youngest winners of this event. They later won another Olympic Gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir first started skating together at the young ages of 7 and 9, and made their international debut in the 2006-2007 season. Their signature dance move is, “The Goose”. The ice dancing pair retired in September of 2019.

Tessa Virtue has a height of 5'5" (1.65 m) and Scott Moir has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m(.

Series of elevation drawings of Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir in figure skating positions measured with overall height
Tessa Virtue and Scott more are Canadian figure skaters that are known for becoming the first North Americans to win the Olympic gold medal in ice dancing at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir also became the youngest winners of this event. They later won another in 2018.

Tessa Virtue has a height of 5'5" (1.65 m) and Scott Moir has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m(.

Series of elevation drawings of Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir in figure skating positions measured with overall height
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
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Nationality: Canada

Years Active: 1997-2019

Birthday
May 17, 1989 (Tessa); September 2, 1987 (Scott)

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Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir standing, skating

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