Figure skating is a sport and activity in which individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice. The four Olympic disciplines are men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Non-Olympic disciplines include synchronized skating and four skating. In senior-level competition, skaters generally perform two programs (short and long) which, depending on the discipline, may include spins, jumps, moves in the field, lifts, throw jumps, death spirals, and other elements or moves.
The blade has a groove on the bottom creating two distinct edges – inside and outside. In figure skating, the skater should skate on one edge of the blade and not on both at the same time, which is referred to as a flat edge. Skates used in single and pair skating have a set of large, jagged teeth called toe picks on the front of the blade. Ice dancing blades are an inch shorter in the rear and have smaller toe picks.
Figure skaters compete at various levels from beginner up to the Olympic level (senior) at local, national, and international competitions. The International Skating Union (ISU) regulates international figure skating judging and competitions. These include the Winter Olympic Games, the World Championships, the World Junior Championships, the European Championships, the Four Continents Championships, and the Grand Prix series (senior and junior).
The sport is also associated with show business. Major competitions generally conclude with exhibition galas, in which the top skaters from each discipline perform non-competitive programs. Many skaters, both during and after their competitive careers, also skate in ice shows which run during the competitive season and the off-season
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serp2000 (39250) 2013-12-16 6:38
Wow! Great timing shot!
Excellent photo, Osman!
Good exposure, well done! You show us very expressive moment of the dance.
have a nice evening!
ktanska (24570) 2013-12-16 10:06
This one is excellent! Your focus is perfect and a posture looks special. I wonder how fast she was actually moving when you clicked. Also marks on the ice show clearly. If there is something to improve, maybe a bit brighter exposure would be even better.
kabel (1631) 2013-12-16 19:42
Hello, excellent action image with beautiful sharpness and clarity. Good use of dof too. It isn't often we get to see the blade on the bottom of the skate but here in your image we can see it clearly. This is a departure from the usual photos we see and so nice to see too.