The major types of competitive figure skating are individual
men's and women's competitions, pairs skating, ice dancing,
and precision skating. In individual competitions, a single
skater performs required elements and is judged on how cleanly
and artistically the motions are executed. Pairs skating consists
of two skaters performing together. In ice dancing, partners
carry out the artistic motions of dance on skates. Precision
skating, which is a highly structured activity, consists of
a team of skaters who perform choreographed maneuvers.
Learn More About Figure Skating
United States has a history of top figure skaters
such as Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton,
Debi Thomas, Michelle Kwan and Tara Lapinski.
rate how a skater presents himself or herself, how
a program relates to the music, and how the skater
utilizes speed and the ice surface. Judges award a
presentation mark in both the short program and the
free skate of men's, ladies' and pairs competition.
people interested in figure skating may practice many
of the skills needed to increase balance and grace
by using in-line skates or roller blades.
Winter Olympic Sports
Olympians will compete in dozens of sports this winter. Even
though Gateway to the Winter Games can't feature them all,
you can learn about each and every one by visiting the sites
Publishing Group's Official Olympic Sports page
This K-12 education Internet site is filled with Olympic
facts, lesson plans, athlete profiles and more.
This official site of the International Olympic Committee
reports Olympic schedules and features an excellent Olympic
Sportsline's Olympics 2002
Get top news stories and in-depth features about every sport.
In addition to news on every sport, this site contains athlete
Select a sport to study or hear firsthand from an athlete
who plays it.
Lake 2002 Winter Olympics
This is the Official 2002 Winter Olympic site for Salt Lake.
This site has schedules, sports outlines, athlete bios,
and much more.
Salt Lake Winter Games 2002
Get a countdown to the games, with background on some of
the different sports and the participating athletes.
States Olympic Team
The United States Olympic Team site includes athlete bios,
diaries, and pictures. Also, check out the exciting video
and audio clips of the various athletes in action.
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