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Technology and it's Influence on Figure Skating

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Tamara Graham

on 12 June 2013

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Transcript of Technology and it's Influence on Figure Skating

How Has Technology Changed
Figure Skating? Technology, Participation and Performance 2013 Females traditionally wore:
• long dresses
• heavy-weight coats
• hats
• collared blouses Change in Costume Technology has made Figure Skating fair across all athletes, by the use of features such as instant replay within the adjudicating panel. With the support of technology, Figure Skating has no limits. The future will witness unimaginable skills performed by athletes in safe means (both competitively and at training) and an adjudicating system that leaves little to no room for error. Technology HAS Enhanced The Sport of Figure Skating to the Best of it's Current Capabilities. Men traditionally wore:
• suits
• heavy-weight coats
• hats Female Figure Skating Costume of
The 1950's Shorter dress resting at approx. mid thigh
'Flared Skirt' Female Figure Skating Costume of
The 1960's One-piece costume
Shorter skirt
Spandex/other elasticized materials
Dart and gussets Female Figure Skating Costume of
The 1980's Research into materials and their effect on the body
Added elastic to waist and chest Male Figure Skating Costume of
The 1960's-1970's Light weight materials
Elasticized materials
Specialized darts incorporated into pants Male Figure Skating Costume of
The 1990's One-piece costume made of spandex/other elasticized materials Unnecessary Additions to Costumes Since The 1980's Brighter colours
Loss of sleeves
Elaborate designs Change in Costuming Instant Reply and Video Analysis StimulCam and StroMotion Designed by 'Dartfish' Analyzes movement (jumps, turns, leaps etc)
Creates an avatar
Frame-by-frame replay
Merging of frames into one still image
Edit frames to achieve different end result Assisted in: the way skills are taught
provides athlete with a visual image
is able to provide an answer to a 'what if'
coaching - picking out minor details
improving physical safety
improving psychological security Instant Replay Broadcasting the sport
For viewers only
Viewers able to make their own decision on the matter
Became an adjudicating device in 2004
Change of Code Of Points
Apart of the ISU Judging System
Verify things that distinguish different elements (exact foot position at take-off/landing of jump)
Controversial Issue Assists In: Consistency of decisions
Accuracy of decisions
Shows viewers how decisions are made
Shows viewers why decisions are made
Allows audience to make their own decision Instant Replay and Video Analysis has improved the sport of figure skating by:
Ensures adjudicating is fair and unbiased across all athletes
Training is assisted by technology
Details beyond the naked eye are seen
Improving physical safety of athletes
Improving psychological assurance of athletes
Increasing the difficulty of skills attempted by athletes Enhancing The Sport Or Not? Enhancement of Skates The General Skate Manufactured of leather/synthetic leather
Stiffer form of shoe
Able to shape to the foot
Waterproof Toe Picks Introduced in the 1940's
Added to front of blade
Teeth cut into the blade
Provides athlete with stability
Assists when pushing off before jumps
Acts as pivot during turns
NEVER used for stopping The Hollow A groove down the middle of the back of the blade
Introduced in the 1940's
Provides athlete with increased speed
Provides control
Depth of hallow is dependent on the athlete's style and physique Wider Tongue Introduced in 1963
Inserted into the front of the skate
Increases control
Increases flexibility of athlete's ankle
Provides more padding
Increasing comfort Curved Blade Researched in the 1970's
Introduced in the 1980's
Maximizes speed
Facilitates pivots
Slightly curved
Radius of 180-220cm Heel Larger heel introduced
Introduced in the 1970's
Pushed body weight forward onto balls of the feet
Increased control of:
Quick steps
Change of direction Custom Made Skates Athlete's skates are commonly custom made
Reinforced with extra padding in needed areas
Made to a mold of the buyers foot
Added extra support
Designed in ways only beneficial to specific style and physique Enhancing The Sport Or Not? The adjustments made to figure skates as a result of technology have improved athlete's:
Altitude gained
Comfort Common Blades Pinnacle
Pattern 99 Technology has shaped the sport of Figure Skating in many ways, for the better. It has increased athlete's:
Muscle support
Joint Support
Physical Safety
Psychological Security etc. Enhanced the Sport or Not? The technology that has been used to alter the design of Figure Skating costumes has enhanced the sport by providing the athletes with:
Flexibility/bodily movement
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