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Transcript of Figure Skating
Practice like you're in last
Perform like you've already won
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Skating Team Announced
A day in the life
Figure skaters train anywhere from 19 hours a week in the low season to 25 hours a week in the high season.
These athletes have specific physical areas in which they must me fir to achieve their highest potential.
These fitness components include: Endurance, muscular strength, speed/power, agility, flexibility, balance, coordination, joint stability, trunk stability and weight.
Kaetlyn Osmond has worked hard to get where she is now, training long and hard (see 'The Training') and putting everything she has into ice skating. All payed off when she scored silver competing in the ladies short division. Osmond currently holds a team rank of 5, a singles rank of 13 and an overall average of 11.
4:30 am: Up, dressed, light breakfast.
5:30 am: Off-ice training and jumping.
6:00 am and 6:45 am: Two forty-five minute freestyle practice sessions.
7:30 am: Head off to school.
8:15 am to 2:30 pm: School time.
3:00 pm: More off-ice training and jumping.
3:30 and 4:15 pm: Two more forty-five minute freestyle practice sessions.
5:15 pm: Either a ballet class or an off-ice workout
6:00 pm: Dinner.
6:45 pm: Homework.
8:00 pm: Early bedtime.
The sport of Figure Skating dates back to even before Medieval times, with international competition blooming in the late 19th century. The word skates comes from a dutch word meaning 'leg bone'. Originally, the blades were made from horse, cow or deer bones. The method later developed to carving blades from wood or metal. In the 16th century, blades were made from Iron, but dulled quickly. Today, blades are made as steel blades.
Figure Skating became an official Winter Olympic sport in 1924, but was contested in the Summer Olympic games since 1908.
The youngest Olympic Figure Skating medalist, American Scott Allen, was only 14 years of age when he competed and won Bronze at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Olympics.
Amber Keefer, 2014
Fun Facts for Kids about Ice Skating
Sochi.ru 2014 - Figure Skating
The Learning Process - San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Athletes - Kaetlyn Osmond
Jo Ann Schneider Farris
Train Like an Olympian Figure Skater
2014 Silver Medalist
Ever wondered how an Olympian trained?
Ever want to know what it's like?
An age of skates
Athletes will train for all of these components in different ways, such as:
Endurance: Running, cycling, dancing
Muscular strength: Weights, squats, running, cycling
Speed/power: strength workouts
Agility: T-drills and Z-drills
Flexibility/balance: Dance, stretching, yoga/Pilates
Joint stability: Hamstring curls, leg extensions, ankle strengthening and single joint exercising
Weight: Balanced diet, casual exercise