Figure skating , sport in which ice skaters, singly or in pairs, perform freestyle movements of jumps, spins, lifts, and footwork in a graceful manner. Its name derives from the patterns or figures skaters make on the ice, an element that was a major part of the sport until recently. There are various kinds of figure skating, including freestyle, pairs, ice dance, and synchronized team skating. The style of competition, as well as the moves and techniques of the skaters, varies for each category of skating. Figure skating has become one of the most popular sports of the Winter Olympics. A Treatise on Skating by Robert Jones , an Englishman, is apparently the first account of figure skating.
About Us – Skate Canada
The roots of ice skating date back over 1, years to the frozen canals and waterways of Scandinavia and the Netherlands when men laced animal bones to their footwear and glided across frozen lakes and rivers. Surprisingly, credit for the first pair of all-iron skates goes to a Scotsman who invented them in The iron blade accelerated the spread of speed skating and in the Skating Club of Edinburgh warmed. In the world's first organized speed skating race, which covered a distance of slightly more than 24 kilometres, was held on the Fens in England. Eventually, the fledgling sport found its way to North America, where a lighter, sharper and longer all-steel blade was first produced in In , the Dutch organized the first world championship with skaters covering four distances — m, 1,m, 5,m and 10,m.
NWT Speed Skating hosts a five-day camp for young athletes each summer. Register now for the Summer Camp — August 21st — 25th! Camp involves five days of on-ice development and dry-land training under the supervision of expert guest coaches Kaylin Irvine and Jacob Graham. We are proud to provide one of the most cost-effective camps in the North. In , we are very excited to have Kaylin Irvine and Jacob Graham come to Yellowknife to coach and help our young athletes grow.
A not-for-profit organization, Skate Canada is the oldest and largest figure skating organization in the world and is recognized by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee COC as the governing body for the sport of figure skating in Canada. However, we go far beyond figure skating. As the largest learn-to-skate teaching organization in Canada, we are dedicated to creating a nation of skaters both recreationally and competitively. The Amateur Skating Association of Canada was formed in and by a separate organization for figure skating had been established.