Figure Skating

Figure skating is an Olympic sport in which individuals, pairs, or groups achieve spins, jumps, footwork and other complicated and challenging moves on the ice.

Figure skaters struggle at various levels from beginner up to the Olympic level (senior), and at local, national, and worldwide competitions. The International Skating Union (ISU) regulates international figure skating judging and competitions. Figure skating is an official occasion in the Winter Olympic Games. In languages supplementary than English, figure skating is usually referred to by a name that translates as artistic skating.Major international competitions are authorized by the ISU.

These include the Winter Olympic Games, the World Championships, the World Junior Figure Skating Championships, the European Figure Skating Championships, the Four

Continents Figure Skating Championships, and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The sport is also allied with show-business. Major competitions generally contain exhibitions at the end in which the top-placing skaters perform for the crowd by showing off their assortment of skills. Many skaters, both during and after their spirited careers, also skate in ice skating exhibitions or shows which run through the competitive season and the off-season.Figure skates differ from hockey skates most obviously in having a set of large, jagged teeth called toe picks (also called "toe rakes") on the front of the blade.

The toe picks are used primarily in jumping and should not be used for stroking or spins. Blades are mounted to the sole and heel of the boot with screws. Normally, high-level figure skaters are efficiently fitted for their boots and blades at a reputable skate shop in their area.