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Pleasures of ice skating
Ice stars : a celebration of the artistry, beauty and grace of the ice-skating world
Kevin Bursey.
Chicago : Triumph Books, 1999.
A pictorial celebration of skating's greatest stars, past and present, celebrating their artistry, beauty and grace. Full-color photos throughout.
     
Ice skating basics
Aaron Foeste ; photographed by Bruce Curtis.
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., c1998.
You don't have to be Tara Lipinski or Wayne Gretzky to enjoy taking a spin around the rink! Whether you want to teach a child, master a couple of twirls, play some hockey, or just skate recreationally, here are all the basics, complete with lots of full color photographs showing every detail of blades, boots, glides, turns, and bends. Learn the differences between figure and hockey skates; how to ensure proper fit; what clothing to wear; and the essentials of skate care. Help kids adjust as they step onto the ice the first time and take those inevitable falls. You'll find ways of training even the smallest youngsters and increasing their fun. Plus, you'll get tips on guiding more advanced skaters, choosing group or private lessons, and doing exercises that build skating skills. Nor is the adult beginner forgotten: you'll find everything from warmups to stopping and turning techniques that will have you skimming confidently across the ice in no time! 96 pages (all in color), 8 x 10. NEW IN PAPERBACK.
     
Ice skating : steps to success
Karin Kunzle-Watson, Stephen J. DeArmond.
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, c1996.
In Ice Skating: Steps to Success, Karin Kunzle-Watson - nine-time Swiss National Champion, former Professional World Champion, and one of skating's best instructors - shares the learning sequence that she and many of her students used to become elite skaters. Karin's unique insights along with over 300 detailed illustrations make this guide your best source for learning proper form and technique. The 50 drills in the book come with performance goals and a list of key points to remember when performing each of them, and many of them include instructions for increasing or decreasing their level of difficulty. Part of the highly popular Steps to Success Activity Series, this book will help improve your skating knowledge and performance on your way to becoming a confident and capable skater.
     

Crisp snow, bright blue skies, heavy woolen sweaters, and a cup of hot chocolate are memories of a fun afternoon of ice skating at the local rink. Or the memory might be an afternoon ice skating on a frozen pond or lake. To enjoy ice skating, all you require are skates, layered clothing, and the right attitude in case you fall down.

The pleasures of ice skating make it a family-oriented sport. Children as young as two years old have been know to put on their skates and head out to the ice, without any fears of falling down.  A good way to teach a young child to ice skate is to take a small stool onto the ice and let them start pushing it in front of themselves. Soon confidence in their skating ability will grow.

Ice Skating Safety Tips

Check thickness of the ice
Clear blue ice is the strongest
Remove debris from ice surface
Always skate with others

more tips

Skating lessons and renting rink time are two items professional skaters most invest for them to realize their future.  Not only do the skaters spend money on these items, but they also must commit to the time required for practice. Dedication is key to becoming an excellent skater. However, being just a good skater is fine; not everyone will become a professional skater.

For most whether or not you choose to embellish your skating with lessons, ice skating is a relaxing sport to do with family and friends. It should be something you enjoy doing, rather than having to do. After all, we all need to relax, enjoy the outdoors, and get some exercise.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff