Figure skating is one of my favorite sports. I can never get enough of watching these beautiful, graceful girls gliding on ice. We are glad to introduce to you Taryn Jurgensen. This girl makes ice skating look like a walk in the park. Her winning performance at the 2010 Los Angeles Showcase got her the Funakoshi Trophy. Skating to “Hallelujah,” everything is perfect about Taryn’s performance. And even though her routine is filled with the hardest elements, her dance seems effortless and so smooth! Please, enjoy and SHARE.
Ice skating has been around for thousands of years. Primitive animal bone ice skates have been unearthed in Scandinavia and Russia, some dating back to about 3000 BC. The earliest written mention of ice skating was found in a book from the 12th century, written by William Fitzstephen, a monk in Canterbury.
The edges to ice skates were added by the Dutch in the 13th or 14th century. Those ice skates were made of steel, and skaters used sticks for propulsion and movement. They were soon improved by the other Dutch man, who was a table maker’s apprentice. His design remains almost unaltered to this day.
The first piece of artwork, picturing people on ice skates, dates all the way back to 15th century. It is a painting of Saint Lidwina falling on the ice.
In the Netherlands, people of all social classes could ice skate, according to the many pictures done by the Old Masters. Skating was one of the kinds of transportation through the frozen waterways, which connected the towns.
In other countries, ice skating was a recreational activity for members of the upper classes. Emperor Rudolf II of the Holy Roman Empire enjoyed ice skating so much he had a large ice carnival constructed in his court in 1610. King Louis XVI of France brought ice skating to Paris during his reign. Madame de Pompadour, Napoleon I, Napoleon III, and the House of Stuart were as well big fans of ice skating.