When you read old skating books (or this blog), the Field comes up a lot. This post explains what it is and why it's important for skating history. The Field's logo. Image © The British Library Board. Courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive. The Field began in 1853 as a weekly magazine in 1853 aimed… Continue reading The Field
Among the skills learned by today's figure skaters are pivots, two-foot moves where the skater sticks the toe (or occasionally heel) of one blade into the ice while the other foot circles around it. Four different types are known today, but there used to be six!
Die Marken auf dem Eise sind das unauslöschliche Sündenregister, welches die Schlittschuhseele des Eisläufers, sein Schwerpunkt, auf dem Gewissen hat.
In 1899, Frederick George Aflalo compiled a book called The Cost of Sport. It's an attempt to quantify how much you should expect to pay to participate in various sports. There's a short section on skating by Theodore Andrea Cook.
Henry Eugene Vandervell (1824-1908) is well-known in skating circles as the "father of English style skating." He's remembered for inventing the counter, writing (with T. Maxwell Witham) A System of Figure Skating, and chairing the Ice Figure Committee of the National Skating Association (Hines, 233). But the skating books say little about his personal life.… Continue reading Henry Eugene Vandervell
It's often said that Sonja Henie was the first to wear white boots for figure skating. She may have been responsible for setting the trend because of her popularity, but she wasn't the first to do it.