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The history of ice skating can be traced back to the ancient deer antlers and bones fashioned by Norse hunting tribes as the first primitive ice skates

By the 1700's, the Dutch had innovated double metal blades to glide around frozen lakes and canals, or as a means of travel and commercial transport.

It was also the Dutch who are given credit for creating the first graceful skating maneuver known as the Dutch Roll. The French added even more style with the invention of spins and pirouettes.

The sport got its official start in 1892 with the formation of the the International Skating Union and later received Olympic sanction at the 1924 Games in Chamonix, France featuring men's and ladies' singles and pair skating. Ice dancing was later added at the 1976 Games in Innsbruck.

Today, figure skating and ice dancing are two of the top draws at the Winter Olympic Games, with fans around the world avidly following their favorite stars on ice.


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DID YOU KNOW? Olympic figure skating fun facts

olympic figure skater• It's almost guaranteed that an American will medal in a figure skating competition during the Winter Games this year. For the record, the US has won at least one medal during every event dating back to 1948.

• Ice dancing hit its stride in the 1880s, when the Vienna Skating Club began to mimic the waltz on ice during their gatherings. But ice dancing wouldn't be recognized in the Winter Games until 1976.

• Figure skating is the oldest sport at the Winter Games. It debuted during the London Olympic Games in 1908, a full 16 years before the start of the official winter games in 1924.

• At the 1948 Winter Games, audiences gasped when the Canadian team of Suzanne Morrow and Wallace Diestelmeyer performed the first "death spiral'. Up to that time, the move featured the pair holding on to each other with both hands. To use a single hand was as risky as it was thrilling. Today, it's a familiar sight at Olympic figure skating events.


More about Olympic figure skating around the Web:


International Olympic Committee - Figure Skating - Overview of the figure skating competitions, list of events, Olympic records, athlete profiles, picture gallery.

Figure Skating- Wikipedia - The online encyclopedia featuring descriptions of related equipment, disciplines, jumps & spins, steps & turns, competition format, scoring, plus a brief history and profiles of notable skaters.

Team USA - Figure Skating - The latest headline news, photos, team bios, tips on how to get started in figure skating, FAQ.

Slam! Sports - Figure Skating - Figure skating coverage from around the world with feature stories, headline news, pictures, schedules.

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