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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_figure_skating

The history of figure skating stretches back to prehistoric times. Primitive ice skates appear in ... At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, England, figure skating became the first winter sport to be included in the Olympics. ... as the primitive bone-made ice skates did not have sharp gliding edges like modern ice skates.

www.olympic.org/figure-skating-equipment-and-history

Figure skating history, rules and equipment. Dutch canal pioneers, Popularity with kings, Steel blades, Hollywood Skating, Young stars, Olympic History.

www.britannica.com/sports/figure-skating

The sport grew rapidly in popularity during and after the 1930s. Although the first U.S. national championship for ice dancing was held in 1914, it did not become ...

ice.riedellskates.com/2012/evolution-of-ice-skating

May 31, 2012 ... Who was the first person to strap on a pair of ice skate blades and glide across a frozen lake? How did figure skating become a sport? We map ...

infocus.gettyimages.com/post/a-brief-history-of-olympic-figure-skating

Figure skating is one of the oldest Olympic sports. It was featured during the Summer Olympics in 1908 and 1920, but became a permanent winter sport in 1924.

www.nbcolympics.com/news/figure-skating-101-origins-and-olympic-history

May 8, 2017 ... Being the ballet master he was, he transformed skating from a leisure activity with rigid movements to a balletic competition sport that is seen ...

www.slate.com/articles/sports/fivering_circus/2010/02/cold_reality.html

Feb 22, 2010 ... The sport for which I did not represent the United States in the ... In sum, to become an Olympic-level figure skater, one has to have talent, ...

www.slate.com/articles/sports/fivering_circus/2014/02/gymnastics_and_figure_skating_how_the_differences_between_them_explain_skating.html

Feb 11, 2014 ... Winter and summer, figure skating and gymnastics, side by side, harmoniously. Yet for the sports' shared Olympic-year popularity, thrilling ... They've never had to work as anything other than being Mary Lou Retton or Dorothy Hamill. .... for skating at the Winter Games, and things did not improve in 2010.

www.nytimes.com/1988/06/09/sports/no-more-figures-in-figure-skating.html

Jun 9, 1988 ... ... feel it has become too difficult to measure one skater's figure-eight against ... The circles are the actual figures from which the term figure skating derives. ... Because of the strength of the sport in Europe and South America, ...