|WikiProject Figure Skating||(Rated Start-class, High-importance)|
That blue skate image
This has been bothering me for a while...
The skate shown in that ubiquitous blue-tinted skate image is not really a figure skate that a figure skater would wear. It's the kind of inexpensive ice skate that a recreational skater might purchase at a sporting goods store. The things that give it away are (1) the thin, floppy construction of the boot; (2) the tiny toe picks; (3) the blade being permanently riveted to the boot instead of attached with screws.
When I have a chance, I'll try to take some photos of my own equipment. It's not as fancy as what elite competitors wear, but at least it's recognizable as a "real" figure skate and not a toy. Dr.frog 00:43, 8 July 2006 (UTC)
- OK, new image(s) in place. Dr.frog 22:19, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
I know that Wikipedia isn't for advertising, but I'm surprised that there isn't information on Wikipedia (that I could find) about say, Riedell or Jackson. I was looking for some information for my girlfriend, who I'm trying to get into recreational skating.
Speaking of which, the photographs in this article are great, but do we have any use for pictures of men's skates as well? I have an old, beaten-up pair of pretty good skates I used to use when I was in the sport about 10 years ago... CSZero 15:08, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
Expand on some things?
Hey all, I was wondering about a few things, and I thought some stuff could be expanded on.
- History of the Figure Skate- why it's called a figure skate, and why the design of the skate changed over the years.
- Differences between the construction of ice dancing figure skates and the "regular" figure skates (i.e. skates used for singles and pair skaters)
@MaterialGyrl: I think that the history of the figure skate is very much overlooked. The wiki page only includes history from 1865 onwards when the boot and blade are attached however before this time they were not. For example, skates in the beginning only consisted of leather straps and animal bone blade. Therefore my question would be what was the evolution of the figure skate from the beginning of the sport rather than the beginning of competitive figure skating. Georgiabeni (talk) 21:35, 16 April 2017 (UTC)