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Figure Skating Appreciation: Blades On Ice

If you'd like to learn more about a specific element of figure skating (a jump or a throw, etc.) take a look at this website, where you can see videotape of many elements.  The videotape makes it easier to see the difference between one type of jump and another.  While the site has some nice videos of the elements, it is sometimes difficult to understand their written descriptions of what constitutes a specific element, such as an Axel.  Therefore, I've created a simplified guide to identifying the elements.  

If you are a Torvil and Dean fan you might enjoy this documentary filmed on the 30th anniversary of their winning performance  of Bolero at the 1984 Olympics.

If you'd like to find videotape of a specific skater, or a specific event, e.g. the 2018 Olympics, this website is terrific.  The one problem with the site is that some of the videotape is not permanent, i.e. it is only posted for 2 week periods of time.  After that, the videotape disappears.  The good news is that you can go to the website and ask the people who post videos to repost a videotape, and within a day or two, somebody usually will oblige you.
 

If you'd like to learn to identify the 6 types of jumps in figure skating, there are 4 videos that can help.  This video is the longest, but it does the best job of explaining the jumps.  This video shows jumps using slow motion, which helps you ID the jump.  This video uses cartoon animation, which allows you to just focus on what is most important about the jump.  This video shows you the jump on land, without the motion of the skater on ice, which helps you focus on just the jump. 

The International Skating Union (ISU) is the governing body for figure skating.  They maintain a list of current biographies for skaters, detailed rules, past results and much more. 

If you'd like to learn more about the way figure skating is judged, you can choose these pages to learn about the new scoring system and the old scoring system.