Figure skating is a sport and activity in which individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice. The four Olympic disciplines are men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Non-Olympic disciplines include synchronized skating and four skating. In senior-level competition, skaters generally perform two programs (short and long) which, depending on the discipline, may include spins, jumps, moves in the field, lifts, throw jumps, death spirals, and other elements or moves.
The blade has a groove on the bottom creating two distinct edges – inside and outside. In figure skating, the skater should skate on one edge of the blade and not on both at the same time, which is referred to as a flat edge. Skates used in single and pair skating have a set of large, jagged teeth called toe picks on the front of the blade. Ice dancing blades are an inch shorter in the rear and have smaller toe picks.
The ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (titled the ISU Junior Series in the 1997–1998 season) is a series of international junior-level competitions organized by the International Skating Union. Medals are awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The series was inaugurated in 1997 to complement the senior-level ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Skaters earn qualifying points at each Junior Grand Prix event and the six highest-ranking qualifiers meet at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, which is held concurrently with the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final (titled the ISU Junior Series Final in the 1997–1998 season) is the culminating competition of the ISU Junior Grand Prix, which is a series of junior-level competitions organized by the International Skating Union. The Junior Grand Prix Final is the complement of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and has been held concurrently with it since the 2008-2009 figure skating season. The Junior Grand Prix Final was originally held in the spring. It was moved to December beginning in the 1999-2000 season.
Medals are awarded in men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The series originally had six competitions and was expanded to eight the following year. The 2001-2002 series had only seven events after U.S. Figure Skating cancelled its event in Arizona following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Beginning in the 2009-2010 season, the series was shortened to seven competitions.
Miki Ando (安藤 美姫 Andō Miki , born December 18, 1987) is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2007 and 2011 World Champion, 2011 Four Continents Champion, 2004 World Junior Champion, and a three-time (2004, 2005 & 2010) Japanese National Champion.
The Salchow is a figure skating jump with a takeoff from a back inside edge of one foot. The rotation in the air is made in the direction of the curve of the take-off edge. The landing is made on the back outside edge of the foot opposite the one used for take-off. One or more rotations may be made in the air. It was invented by the Swedish skater Ulrich Salchow in 1909.
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take off. It is named after Norwegian figure skater Axel Paulsen. Paulsen was the first skater to perform the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air because of its forward take off. The jump takes off from the left forward outside edge and lands on the right back outside edge. Although the Axel has a counterclockwise rotation, it can be reversed for a clockwise jump. The Axel can also be done as a double jump with 2½ rotations, or as a triple jump with 3½ rotations. No skater has yet accomplished a quadruple Axel in competition.
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