The age-old sport of ice skating has fascinated and entertained millions. Skating started in Scandanavia in the 1100's, where skaters wore skates made of bone and wood. With further technological developements, including modern fabrics and metallurgic advances, skating became the popular, sophisticated sport it is today.
With complex, extremely challenging jumps and spins, it's amazing that these feats can be done at all. How do you get started in this sport? As a spectator, how do you tell the difference between a quadruple lutz and a triple lutz? What about the difference between a salchow and a loop? Confused? Read on.