People have been ice skating since the 1500s. Over the years, skating has changed a lot. First came

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People have been ice skating since the 1500s. Over the years, skating has changed a lot. First came the Dutch roll, next the duck walk and then swizzles. Ice skate blades have also changed from bone to steel. Do you know what the first ice skates were made out of? Sometimes, when people wear skates, they think they have weak ankles, but do they? Others are afraid of falling and hitting their head or tail bone on the ice, but is there a solution? Can you learn to skate? Ice Skates started out as “reindeer bones, elk bones, horse bones, or walrus teeth” tied to leather shoes (Steps to Success 1). “Ice Skates were used for hunting on frozen land in Finland and Scandinavia” (Steps to Success 1). In 1572 instead of bone blades they were…show more content…
Then there is the outside leg, which is when going in a circle, the farthest leg from the center. One way to move across the ice do what is called “the duck walk”. First, bend your knees and point your toes out. Next, while keeping your toes out, step forward, and push out a little. Then glide between each step. Once you have picked up some speed, put both feet side by side and glide. Putting your feet side by side and gliding is called the two feet glide. Go back and forth from duck walk to the two feet glide. Another way to move forward is the swizzles. To do the swizzles there are three steps: the bend, push, and recovery. First, start out with your feet “together and your toes pointed out (Foeste 47).” Next “do a deep knee bend and begin to push out with your skates (Foeste 47).” After that, “push out with both skates,” which should push you forward (Foeste 48). Then “turn your toes toward each other and begin to bring your legs together” to “return to the starting position (Foeste 48).” “This is called the recovery (Foeste 48).” And finally, back to the standing position. There is an exercise you should do before you try to stop. While holding on to the wall, push one skate along the ice, using the inside edge to scrape off a thin layer of ice. This should make a little pile of snow. Practice this with both feet. One way to stop is the snow plow stop. When you feel good pushing your skate to the side,

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