Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Are you new to the whole skating thing? Or know someone who is knew to it and needs some help?
Have no fear! I am here to help!!
If you are not a kid learning how to skate, you may find it embarrassing to join a CanSkate program at a local skating club - seeing as the average age is 5. If you fall into this category, I am here to give you some tips on how to start skating.
Tip 1: Don’t forget to take off your skateguards!! I am guilty of having done this a few times and I am a skilled skater. It is hard sometimes to remember to take them off. However, when you get on the ice with skateguards on, don’t expect to skate, you will be on your butt before you can realize that you forgot.
Tip 2: Skating forward. This is probably the easiest thing to do when skating. Simply push one of your feet out toward the outside so that you get some push to actually move forward. If at first you need to support yourself with another person or the boards, that is fine. Just make sure you eventually make your way away from them so that you learn to support yourself.
Tip 3: Stopping. A lot of people find this to be one of the hardest things to do and would decide to just slam into the boards instead of stopping properly. To do a T-stop, you need to put your strong foot (right foot for right handed, left foot for left handed) perpendicular to your weaker foot. Then simply put pressure on the strong foot and you will come to a stop. You can also push you strong foot out to the side to stop. Even easier would be to drag your foot behind you close to the skate on your other foot.
Tip 4: Skating backwards. Skating backwards isn’t too hard. You just need to start backwards and put pressure on your foot that you want to start with. Then keep rotating the pressure and eventually you will be going backwards. You can even do bubbles backwards. Bubbles are where your feet form what look like bubbles on the ice.
Hope these tips helped you a bit! I remember when I was learning to skate all I wanted to do was lay down on the ice and lick it. I seriously hope that you are all better than me.
Over and out.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
So today I was wondering about figure skating for all kids and how everyone should be able to have the same opportunities growing up. I decided to do some research on figure skating in the Special Olympics. I wasn’t sure if it was actually an event that was held, but I was proved wrong and it is, at least in Canada.
The Special Olympics of Canada still have three sections of skating: singles, pairs and dance.
These skaters do not necessarily perform programs to music in competition, some of them will only perform specific elements. Those who do perform programs to music will only have instrumental music, if any at all. For single skaters, there are many different levels that they can compete in, depending on their ability to skate. The more they can do, the higher up they can compete. The highest level in the competition includes the skaters being able to do an axel, which is a great accomplishment for any skater.
Pairs will do the same thing as singles, only with a partner. There are two portions, the part without music, and the part with music. They will be responsible for performing different skills that they should be able to do at their level. Eventually, they will be able to do pairs jumps and spins together.
Dance competitors will be dancing at the level of the highest dance that one of the partners has passed. These dances go in 3 year rotations. The dances range in difficulty from level to level. They will be dances that are not made up, they will be dances that they have already learned in the past. This gives them time to perfect the moves and do well.
After reading up on this, I became very interested. I’d like to know more about it and possibly volunteer someday. Kids with special needs will always have a special place in my heart and I really like to see them excel in aspects of life that not everyone would think they would. I hope reading this post has inspired you to get out and become more educated and interested in volunteering.
Here is a link to find more detailed information on the aspects of the Special Olympics in Canada for figure skating:
Over and out.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Well, today my roommate was asking me how a skater decides what dress to wear/get made for their program. I thought to myself long and hard about it, and then I came up with this answer:
First, you have to make sure that the colour of the fabric you choose matches your music. For example, if you’re skating to a slow, dark song, you are going to want to have a dress that is a dark colour like navy blue or black. If you are skating to a happy, fast, chipper song, you are going to want to have a dress that is bright and pops out.
Second, you need to figure out the style of your dress. Normally the top of your dress will be tightly fitted to your body (with or without sleeves), and it is the skirt portion that varies. You need to decide whether your music fits with a longer flowy skirt made with chiffon, or a short semi-fitted skirt made out of the same material as the top part. If you are an ice dancer, you will more or less always have a longer, flowy skirt.
Third, you need to decide how you will decorate your dress. There are many different types of decorations that you can put on your dress to make it shine and shimmer while you’re on the ice. There are sequins that always look great when the light shines on them. There are also little jewels that can be glued or sewed onto your dress.
Fourth, you need to decide who will make your dress. I was lucky enough to have a coach who was also a seamstress. She made all of my dresses and I loved absolutely every one of them. Dresses can be made for relatively cheap, but if you don’t know any seamstresses or aren’t able to afford it, you can always go to skating shops and pick out dresses there that are pretty cheap. You will be still be able to pick out the type and colour of dress that best suits your program.
If you are a male figure skater, all of these rules apply to you, except for the skirt part. Most males will wear black pants and then they will design their shirts around their program. However, some males will wear a full bodysuit.
My favourite dress that I ever wore was navy blue, with a chiffon skirt. The top portion of my dress was three quarter sleeved and just covered the chest portion. The skirt portion of my dress began right under the chest region and went to just below my bum. Along the line between the velvet and the chiffon, I had multiple different kinds of jewels sewn on that added flare to my dress. I LOVED IT! :)
I hope this helps everyone!
Over and out.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
So the other day I wrote a post about well-known, talented figure skaters from Chatham-Kent. I realized today that I forgot someone very important!!
Janice Yeck, now known as Janice Knowler, used to be a figure skating coach at the Blenheim Figure Skating Club when I skated there and I got to know her. Then, she became a teacher at my elementary school and I got to know her there through various extra-curricular activities, such as volleyball and the school play.
It wasn’t until after I had know her for this time that I figured out that she was in the movie “The Cutting Edge” about a hockey player turned figure skater. I watch this movie religiously. And by religiously I mean once or twice a year. It is a fantastic movie. After watching the movie again knowing that she was in it, it wasn’t hard to pick her out at all.
I thought this was extremely cool, and as a young figure skater I thought it was amazing to know someone who had been in a movie, let alone a movie about figure skating. This made me push to become better at skating because at one point, I thought I wanted to be an actress and I thought it would be cool to be able to be in a figure skating movie.
Even though I never did become an actress or act in a movie, I did audition for a role in a movie when I was in grade 8, and I owe my strength and bravery to her. Just the fact of knowing that I knew someone who was in a movie was so cool and I wanted to be that someday.
Even though I may not have followed in her movie footsteps, I now have followed in her footsteps in becoming a teacher and I am excited to start this next step in my life.
Over and out.
Monday, March 18, 2013
So.. All this excitement and now it’s over!!! Until next year! But before Worlds next year.. THE OLYMPICS! YES! So excited :)
Anyway, this post is for an update about Worlds and the final results. As my podcast predicted, Canada did not let us down. We had some upsets, but not from us, more so the skaters themselves felt an upset.
This upset is coming from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. We are all extremely proud of them, but I have a feeling that they are a little upset with themselves. They don’t have anything to be upset about though, they skated great and they had strong competition. It would have been nice for them to have won on home ice though.
Patrick Chan won his third straight World Championship on Friday!! He fell multiple times in his long program, but due to his outstanding performance in the short, he came out victorious!! A very proud moment for Canadians.
Canada only sent one girl to Worlds and she did not disappoint. She may not have won a medal, but she did place 8th, which is amazing considering that this is her first Worlds!! This placement guaranteed us two spots for women in the Olympics next year! Way to go!
The two pairs that we sent to Worlds did not disappoint either. They placed third and fourth respectively. Duhamel/Radford in 3rd and Moore-Towers/Moscovitch in 4th. This is fantastic for both of them!!
Our Canadians made us proud this season, and I know they will make us even more proud next year at the Olympics! I am sure we are only seeing the beginning of most of these skaters. They are an amazing team and I am sure that they will make us even more proud in the coming years.
For more information on Worlds and to see more results, please visit www.worlds2013.ca
Over and out.