This event is now in its sixth year! To celebrate, here is a timeline. This information is drawn from the World Figure Championship website, the World Figure Sport website, the various versions of these sites archived in the Wayback Machine, and my own notes and recollections. 2015 Lake Placid, NY The competition took place on… Continue reading Timeline of the World Figure Championship
Figures were once the backbone of figure skating on ice (hence the name in English), but experienced a steep decline in popularity after they were dropped as a competitive requirement in 1991. Today, ice skaters rarely do them. In roller skating, in contrast, figures continue to thrive---on quad skates. They don't really work on inlines.… Continue reading Roller skaters still do figures
Die Marken auf dem Eise sind das unauslöschliche Sündenregister, welches die Schlittschuhseele des Eisläufers, sein Schwerpunkt, auf dem Gewissen hat.
Back when all competitive skaters did both figures and freestyle, everyone who had reached a certain level had two pairs of skates, "patch skates" for figures and freestyle skates. Dick Button had a third pair just for loops.
Creative figures are getting popular because they're in the World Figure Championship. These patterns of tracings designed by skaters are nothing new.
The nineteenth century was when the system of compulsory figures was being formalized and governing bodies were created. Vandervell & Witham's A System of Figure-Skating was the first `scientific' treatise on figure skating. At the time, most figure skaters were rich men: they had the disposable income to spend their time --- all day, on… Continue reading Figures & science
The Latin phrase pons asinorum (asses' bridge) is used for something that is difficult for beginners, but quite simple once you've learned it. It's the nickname of the fifth proposition of Book I of Euclid's Elements: "In isosceles triangles the angles at the base are equal to one another, and, if the equal straight lines… Continue reading Pons asinorum