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The Ice Skating Neophyte’s Guide to Becoming an Expert Glider on Ice

When you step on the ice, it’s either you’re really confident in your skills and abilities, or you’re just really brave and don’t mind a fall or two. If you’re looking to create a sensation on ice by becoming really good to look at or just really entertaining by the way you stumble and laugh […]

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The Best of the Rest: A Look at the US Olympic Figure Skating Team

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At a Later Age: An Adult’s Guide to Beginner Figure Skating

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So You Want to Figure Skate: Cross-discipline Skills to Become Successful

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Learn to Figure Skate: The Do’s and Don’ts of Skating on Ice

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beginner guide ice skating

The Ice Skating Neophyte’s Guide to Becoming an Expert Glider on Ice

When you step on the ice, it’s either you’re really confident in your skills and abilities, or you’re just really brave and don’t mind a fall or two. If you’re looking to create a sensation on ice by becoming really good to look at or just really entertaining by the way you stumble and laugh about it, you should find out what to expect on the ice.

From people who were once beginners, here are the things to expect when you lace up your skates and you step on the ice.

DON’T look down

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look down on yourself; it means you shouldn’t look down on your feet too often. It’s very simple why you should do it. Your lower body will take care of itself and, once you get practice, it’ll be natural for you. What you should look out for are bodies colliding into you.

DON’T be cheap

If you plan to succeed, you shouldn’t cheap out on yourself. When you’re buying skates, you shouldn’t go for the cheap ones; instead, buy good skates if you’re serious on becoming good. If you’re just beginning, and you don’t want to take things seriously, you can settle on hiring rental skates.

DON’T sacrifice warm-ups

In every sport, warm-ups are the most important part. If you want to have fun on the ice, you should stretch properly. You shouldn’t sacrifice warm ups just for the sake of going on the ice too soon. You should also be careful of the type of warm-up you’re going to do too, since you’re on the ice.

DON’T forget training

If you’re adamant on being good, you shouldn’t sacrifice learning too. There are videos and group sessions where you can get tips and pointers on your routine and skating. If you’re too shy to take them alone, you can bring a friend or two; learning with others makes the activity twice as fun.

DON’T lose focus

When you’re skating, you have to know your surroundings. This is helpful if you’re skating on a public rink along with other skaters. If you’re training, you shouldn’t lose focus too; the moves you’re doing are advanced and it could be really easy to injure yourself if you happen to lose sense of your surroundings.

DON’T lose confidence

Never, ever lose confidence. If you think you’re doing something wrong, look around and spot people doing the right thing. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice too. The best way to become better is to admit that there are still a lot to learn, even if you’re already experienced.

The best figure skaters in the world started as novices once too. If you’re serious about becoming better, learn to be better. Don’t be afraid to admit that there are things you can’t learn on your own and asking for help from those willing to help.

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The Best of the Rest: A Look at the US Olympic Figure Skating Team

You probably were wondering how you’d become a really good skater on the ice.

It’s great, then, to see some people who weren’t skaters at a point in their life. With dedication and the drive to succeed, however, these people managed to become so much more. Most of them turned professionals, walking their path until they became part of the US Olympic team in figure skating.

From the Winter Olympics, take a look at some of the nation’s best and brightest.

Bradie Tennel (Olympic team – Pyeongchang)

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The 19-year-old was not a very well-known figure in skating months before she became a member of Team USA. This all changed when she became champion and, parallel to that, took one of the spots on the US Olympic team. The US also owes her thanks for her bronze-medal winning teams-event performance.

Vincent Zhou (Olympic Team – Pyeongchang)

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A very driven young man at 17, Vincent became a sensation during the Olympics with his choice of music. Not many people expect to hear ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol as accompanying music to a routine, but the youngster made it work. He managed to create waves with his daring performance as well as a showcase of skills too advanced for his age.

Karen Chen (Olympic Team – Pyeongchang)

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The diminutive 18-year-old marks Pyeongchang as the first time that she’ll compete internationally—and at the Winter Olympics, no less. Her credentials include a first and third-place finish at the US Championships that became her ticket to the team. A true youngster, she shared her feelings on Twitter, ecstatic at earning her first inclusion to the US Olympic team.

Adam Rippon (Olympic Team – Pyeongchang)

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To be fair, this isn’t the first Olympic nod for the 28-year-old; he was considered for the Olympic team of 2010, but didn’t make it. He didn’t leave his inclusion in the current US Olympic roster to change and managed to secure a spot. A very sound skater, he managed to secure 10th spot in the singles competition for men.

Mirai Nagasu (Olympic Team – Pyeongchang)

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How’s a triple axle for a first-timer with a bundle of nerves to deal with at figure skating’s biggest stage? It was no big deal for Nagasu, who was in and out of the Olympics team in 2010 and 2014. When she came back, however, she did it with a vengeance; her daring, power-packed routine managed to create waves at the Olympics.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a youngster or a grizzled veteran vying for a win at the biggest Winter competition on the planet. What matters is that your dedication, skill, and never-say-die attitude carries you to the victory you crave for.

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At a Later Age: An Adult’s Guide to Beginner Figure Skating

You’re never too old to get started on a hobby you want to pursue. Some people find building model kits as a passionate hobby. Others see anime as a hobby they could get into. Others take it further and dress as their favorite comic book or anime character. For athletic people, figure skating could easily become a passionate hobby.

They say sports are better if you get into it at a young age. However, there is still a benefit to getting into sports—like figure skating—even at an advanced age. Here’s how to be a figure skater even when old.

Attend Skate Academy

More accurately, this means you should seek out skate schools. These schools are run by experienced professionals and normally they hold classes for adults on the weekends. They may charge you a fee for training. It is important to enroll in such schools because here is where you’ll learn the basics of skating on the ice like a pro.

Practice on your Own

Enrolling in these skating schools does not guarantee you’ll be practicing alone. Normally, schools like these are sought after by young people for their own training or wants. If you want to train on your own—out of shyness or whatever reason—search for safe patches of ice. This is easy during the winter, but in the summer, you’re better off in a community ice skating rink.

Decide on your Path

Despite being a hobbyist, there are certain routines available for you to learn. You may choose to study jumping—a part of free skating; dancing on ice—a standard of dance routines; or even become part of a team—a normal thing in synchronized skating. What you do depends on whether you feel skilled in any or all these areas, or where you feel most comfortable at.

Compete in the Nationals

As with any sport, you may extend your goals beyond just making it a hobby or training. Some people become even more competitive when they try out a sport. These people often find themselves progressing beyond mere recreational levels and turn amateur before going pro. In the case of figure skating, some adults have successfully transitioned into national competition levels.

You’ll never know if you don’t try

The best and most correct way of knowing whether you can do it or not is to try it out for yourself. Who knows? Maybe figure skating is your de-stressor and what you should do both at the same time. You’ll never know until you at least try to skate.

Weekends should be fun, and skating is one of the best activities to have that fun. If you want to skate, seek out where these schools are, and try out a session yourself.

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So You Want to Figure Skate: Cross-discipline Skills to Become Successful

There are lots of ways to become successful in a sport of your choosing. You can choose to enroll in training centers and look for ways to better your craft. You can also choose to have a personal trainer well-versed in whatever sport you want to do. You can also do the training yourself, but the results can come out not as you expect it.

If you’re thinking of getting into figure skating, there are ways to prepare yourself. One of these is through different activities that strengthen parts of your body needed for figure skating.

Hopscotch
Good for: muscle strength

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Hopscotch is a game where you jump from box to box. You draw the boxes using chalk and you use a marker to keep track of where you last stopped. The goal of using hopscotch as a cross-sport is to allow your leg muscles to develop for leaping.

Jump Rope
Good for: muscle strength

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Another good exercise for the muscles you use for jumping is jump rope. It’s easy to create; you just tie two ends of a string to a handle and get people to swing the rope as you jump. You take turns when someone gets it wrong. It’s also good for developing rhythm, which you use during certain routines.

Skip to my Lou
Good for: rhythm, speed

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Skip to my Lou is a classic children’s game where you skip on one foot and then do a quick-step with the other. It’s a good game to play if you want to learn how to strengthen your muscles for skipping a bit, and a great game if you’re practicing your timing and rhythm too.

Tag
Good for: speed, balance

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There’s no better game for developing the speed to drift forward than tag. Tag is an easy game to play. You choose an ‘it’ who tries to capture you. When you become ‘it,’ you also need to chase after others who are playing the game. It’s a good game designed to help you gain balance and speed.

Tightrope
Good for: balance, muscle strength

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This game stimulates your imagination as you balance yourself on a line. You imagine that you’re actually balancing yourself on a tightrope, where everything starts over again once you step out of line. It’s a good practice to keep up balance and develop your muscles some more.

Twist and Shout
Good for: dance, balance, motion

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When you’re dancing, as a figure skater, you need to do a lot of things at once. Nothing emulates that effect than dancing to music that makes you ‘twist and shout’. The benefits of this activity become visible when you learn to step to the rhythm while also keeping your balance shifted from one foot to the other.

The great thing about these activities, though, is that you can have someone else help you. In that effect, you also develop team work and camaraderie among peers.

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Learn to Figure Skate: The Do’s and Don’ts of Skating on Ice

Ice skating requires a certain degree of dedication and the drive to succeed, even if you’re only an amateur. To be really good, you have to know which things you need to do and those that you don’t. You do need to really want it to succeed; you don’t need to be lazy and lose focus if you want to become better in the sport.

If you want to get into this activity, here’s what you need to have or do.

DON’T forget to tie up your skates well

It’s a rookie mistake—forgetting to tie your skate’s laces up well is like forgetting to account for injuries and different problems. Loosely tied skates may give your feet blisters. There’s another reason for tying them up well too; they prevent the cold from coming into your feet and give you frostbite. If you don’t tie your skates up very well, you could see yourself in the hospital soon.

DON’T skate without due diligence

When you’re skating on ice, it’s nice to have a smooth, even surface to work with. This is already assured if you’re skating on an artificial rink. But during the winter, there are plenty of lakes and rivers for you to skate on. You have to know what conditions these lake and river rinks are in before you even try to skate on them. That’s only natural, if you want to skate without problems.

DO get a sturdy helmet

When you’re skating, and as a beginner, you tend to fall, and fall down hard. If you want to keep your limbs—and especially your head—intact, wear safety gear. These safety gears include helmets, arm and leg pads, as well as good skates. Having these helps keep you at ease. If you fall, you can fall as much as you want without the risk of injury in your head.

DO know where the cracks are

On uneven, temporary ice lakes and rivers, you’re bound to run into different features brought upon by the environment. Since there is no one managing the ice on these, you contend with ice cracks, uneven surfaces, and other features you have no idea of. You have to be extra careful if you’re skating on ice. This gives you the added benefit of avoiding accidents.

DO know how to stop

As a kid and a beginner, you get to practice stopping and other techniques on the ice. When you’ve got these under your belt you don’t get any problems. The problem here is when you’re a skater learning your stuff at an already older age. You need to practice how to stop if you want to enjoy.

Keeping yourself safe is the most important thing when you’re on ice. Watch how you skate most especially; once you get the hang of skating, you’re going to enjoygetting better.

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Winter in Boston: Not Only to Survive but to Thrive

Winter in Boston is enjoyable. That’s right, the harsh cold, winter backlash, and even the deep snow is enjoyable if people knew how to appreciate it correctly. There are a lot of ways to do this; you only have to look and imagine what activities the snow gives that the sun takes away.

The best people to ask about winter in Boston are those who live here. After all, they know how terrible it can get; it’s a way of life to them to make as much of the snow and experience of plowing through it as pleasurable as possible. From the mouths of Beantown residents themselves, here’s how to appreciate snow days.

Fashion: stay warm

Boston residents have learned to appreciate the snow so much that they’re prepared for it. The best way to go out into the snow is to dress for it. Gap, Canada Goose, and other clothing apparel have fashion made specifically for the crazy Boston weather. If that’s not your cup of tea, you need to get a parka that’s going to keep you warm for that outdoor trip.

Weather: Artificial UV solves the problem

During the winter, most residents find retreating inside a welcome solution to trudging outside in the cold. If you’re feeling the doldrums and want a little sunshine into your life, you need to get it literally by buying a UV lamp. It’s not the real thing, but it solves the problem of feeling warm. That is, if the thermostat doesn’t solve the need to feel the sun’s warmth on your skin anymore.

Indoors: Make sure your heating system works

This is serious talk; before winter approaches, you make sure your heating system is at 100% efficiency. This is important for when becoming a cold popsicle during the winter doesn’t work for you. A heating system is a boiler, a furnace, or a radiator. You don’t have to deal with this problem if you live in a building, but if you own your home, you need to contact the repairmen at the earliest time.

Boredom: Participate in activities

It’s not all bad during the winter. Just because it’s snowing outside, that doesn’t mean you have to look all dreary and emotional inside. You can enjoy the snow if you go ice skating. You can dust off the old sled and introduce your children or friends to a new kind of fun. There is also the timeless tradition of building snow men, snow forts, and having snowball fights over them.

Hunger: Have your food delivered

Understandably, people would want to stay indoors during the winter if they don’t have important business outside. If this is you, then you’ll know that you can have food and groceries delivered right at your doorstep. If you’re saving on gas for cooking, food delivery can feed you; otherwise, groceries can help you keep up a sense of normalcy by preparing the food yourself.

That’s it—how to prepare for a Boston winter. It doesn’t have to be too sad in the winter, if you know what to expect and what to do to solve it. Boston winters can actually be enjoyable by following these few tips.

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Christina Gao: A Fruitful Career for a Skating Legend

Christina Gao was born with skates laced on to her feet, it seems. From childhood to adulthood, aside from studying, skating was all that she knew. Her balancing act between skating and education—in Harvard, no less—was enough evidence that the girl was a brilliant, once-in-a-lifetime athlete that knew her priorities.

Currently, her priority is Harvard, which is why she chose to retire early from figure skating. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about this fantastic figure skater.

From the Beginning

Christina Gao was once a slender, doe-eyed girl excited to lace her skates. From her native Cincinnati, the girl had to juggle time between school and skating practice. In the end, her passion won; often missing classes for skating practice, she had to change schools when she reached secondary education. She moved to Toronto just so her passion wouldn’t suffer even if she had to study.

College beckons

Gao was a brilliant student. Despite missing classes during her elementary education, she managed to go all the way to college, managing to enter Harvard. By this time, however, skating had given her tons of awards and recognition, but she was still not satisfied; she had to make time for her training while attending classes in college.

Skating as a Passion

Between high school and college, her achievements in skating came in droves. When it rained, it really poured for the athlete. She has a fifth-place finish in 2010; a fifth at three U.S National Championships; an eighth at the 2014 National Championships; and an 11th place at the most recent National Championships. Not bad for someone who juggled her career and Harvard.

No Social Life

Being an excellent skater meant very little if she wanted a good run at Harvard. The life of an athlete is an unforgiving one, and the girl had to wake up early in the morning to train. For Gao, this meant that she had to miss out on the more interesting aspects of becoming a student in Harvard. While everyone was up in the wee hours of the morning, cramming, she had to sleep early to get up in the morning.

An Early Retirement

Eventually, scholastic life won over her Olympic dreams—at only 21 years old, Christina Gao decided to retire pursuing her skating career to pursue an education in Harvard. It’s not a bad trade-off, considering the level of education she’s sacrificing her skates for.

Christina Gao is only 21—that says a lot of things for the future of the once-competing figure skater. She can still lace up her skates if she so wanted, but for now, her education matters more.

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Maia and Alex Shibutani: Showing off Sibling Love on Ice

They say that to execute a pairs routine fully, you must have chemistry with your partner. If that’s the case, then Alex and Maia Shibutani got everything covered. The pair has proven experience at the Olympic level, and manages to make everything fresh and surprising. Maybe they’re also being a little unfair as they’ve known each other for the rest of their lives.

Here’s everything you wanted to know about the ‘ShibSibs’—interesting facts about them, their lives, and their professional careers.

The legend begins

Maia and Alex Shibutani were born three years apart of each other. Maia has her birthday in 1994, July 20th; Alex Shibutani was born sometime in 1991. They got their break at a very young age; Alex began skating at 7 while Maia got her start at 4-years-old.

A string of achievements

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The siblings are not to be taken lightly either; they are both back-to-back National champions and have finished ninth among the field at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. From the time they’ve started lacing their skates, they’ve won a medal at each competition they joined.

Dedication to training

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The way they’ve trained speaks of their dedication. To prepare for the Sochi Olympics, they trained at Michigan, where they partnered with equally talented couples Charlie White and Meryl Davis. Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue were also training partners at the camp.

Dedication to their fans

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The ShibSibs—as they are famously known—has a YouTube channel that they regularly update. This is where they regularly tell their fans their likes, dislikes, and activites, like the fact that Alex is 6’ and Maia is 5’3”, a perfect partnership for pairs skaters.

What they would be if they weren’t skating

Maia and Alex Shibutani perhaps still look forward to a life after skating. Maia loves food, and she thought maybe she’d love to cook after skating. Alex is also a foodie like her, but ever the consummate athlete, he loves his city; Alex is an avid follower of all Boston sports teams.

Alex and Maia Shibutani are still active in the professional skating scene. As much as you’d love to support them, know them as people more than you know them as athletes.

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Gracie Gold: USA Team’s Latest Skating Wunderkind

Gracie Gold carries the weight of her name on her shoulders perfectly. She is part of a rare breed of Olympic athletes who don’t seem to know how to lose. One of the youngest, in her perfectly ideal career, she has managed to create waves in the community by winning often at competitions.

Let’s take a look at the different achievements of skating’s different kind of Gold.

An early head start

Gracie Gold was born in 1995 at Massachusetts. By the time she was 2-years-old, she was already training to become a professional athlete. Her big break came in 2010 when she was recognized as one of the best of the best in the sport. That was affirmed when she bagged second place at the World Juniors in 2012.

Like looking in the mirror

She has a fraternal twin who’s also a prominent figure in skating. Carly Gold is also a figure skating competitor and, like Gracie, is also not one to rest on her laurels. Carly and Gracie are both competing for the top spots but to them, it’s like sibling rivalry between them.

Her inspiration for figure skating

Gracie Gold’s start in Olympic figure skating could be a spur of the moment decision. When they were young, both sisters got invited to a skating rink-themed party. Skating on the ice may have created a spark in the twins; as soon as Carly decided to get into skating, Gracie followed suit.

A reward for hard training

Many athletes tend to reward themselves after training hard for a long time. Gracie, to her credit, finds herself at a loss for words but has one thing on her mind: pizza. It tops the list of things she wants to gift herself with after training and participating in the Winter Olympics.

All you can wish for and more

Gracie’s coach is one of the most envied in the Olympic figure skating world. Her coach Frank Carroll is always all praises for his ward, but more importantly, she thinks Gracie has the complete package—a physique suitable for competing in figure skating and more.

Gracie Gold is many things and more. If you’re a fan, you’d definitely be delighted to find out what makes her more interesting than just a top-notch athlete of the sport.

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