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