There is a very popular ice skating race of 200km on frozen lakes / rives in the Netherlands which is only organised when the ice on the whole route is 15 cm thick. Last time they organised this Elfstedentocht was in 1997. holland.com/global/touris…
523 mostly one of a kind, lost silent films from around the gold rush era, were found buried beneath the permafrost, they were used to fill in a swimming pool and make a skating rink in the small town of Dawson City Yukon indiewire.com/2016/09/daw…
Today I learned about Skateistan, an organization in Afghanistan dedicated to young people's education and skating. 50 percent of the children skating are girls because Afghanistan culture views it as a toy rather than a sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
Today I learned about Sabena Flight 548, which crashed on February 15, 1961 while en route to Brussels, Belgium from New York. All 72 souls aboard perished, including the entire U.S. Figure Skating team, who were traveling to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabena…
Figure skater Kevin Reynolds performed his solo routine for the 2016 Canadian National Figure Skating Championships to the song "Tank!," which is famous as the theme song to Cowboy Bebop. Reynolds performed the routine dressed as lead Bebop character Spike. youtube.com/watch?v=Jxuxr…
Buffalo Wild Wings was founded by Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery. Lowery's parents were both Disbrow's ice-skating coaches and guardians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buf…
Today I learned of the "Elfstedentocht" (eleven city tour). An ice skating tour held on natural ice in the province of Frisia. It visits all 11 historical towns in Frisia and spans almost 200 km. It can only take place when the weather is favorable and has only taken place 15 times since the first one in 1909. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf…
'figure skating' is named after a requirement that skaters draw figures in the ice, such as loops, figure-8s, and swirls, called "compulsory figures". Once making up the majority of a skater's score, figures were slowly reduced and eventually eliminated from competition entirely by 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Tony Hawk Performed 50 Tricks in Celebration of Turning 50. The 50 tricks were among the 100+ tricks that he created since he started skating in '77. youtu.be/8Zx7fFFfPis
Today I learned of the Regent's Park Skating Disaster, when on January 16, 1867, hundreds of skaters fell through the ice in Regent's Park in London, resulting in the deaths of 41 people. blog.britishnewspaperarch…
The patron Saint of ice-skaters, got her sainthood after being disabled in an ice-skating accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lid…
The writers of Malcom in the Middle had a game called "What won't Bryan [Cranston] do?" that culminated in him wearing the infamous suit of bees. They gave up and changed it to "What can't Bryan do?" which saw Hal disco-skating, washing a car in Daisy Dukes, and painting with his full body. gq.com/story/bryan-cranst…
American Skating Brand Supreme's logo is inspired by Barbara Kruger's artwork, ironically perverting the meaning of her work which was anti-consumerism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The first artificial skating rink used a mixture of pig fat and salts as an ice substitute, and failed within its first year due to the noxious smell. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Kazakhstan has the highest ice skating rink in the world and 120 world records were set there. It was originally built in 1949 and serves as an example of the scope, ambition, and superlative aims of Soviet-era construction projects atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Elvis Presley and his entourage would rent out roller skating rinks to throw $15,000 worth of fireworks at each other while wearing "air force jump-suits plus gloves, helmets, and goggles." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
A Japanese skating rink once put 5,000 dead fishes in their ice to give their customers the enjoyment of skating over a frozen ocean. The attraction was closed immediately after a public uproar. youtube.com/watch?v=FiT71…
Margot Robbie initially thought the script for I, Tonya was fiction. She wasn't aware of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan or anything to do with the knee-bashing incident. Since there was no one who could match Tonya's skating technique they had to handle it with visual effects vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
In 2002 Steven Bradbury won "The Most Unexpected Gold Medal in History" with Australia's first Winter Olympics gold, when all his opponents crashed at the last corner in 1,000m speed skating. youtube.com/watch?v=vN7ih…
Plans for a Superman theme park in Metropolis, a town of about 7,000 in southern Illinois, were shelved after the 1973 OPEC oil embargo drove up gasoline prices, crippling the U.S. travel industry. Plans called for a Bizarro Playground, a Voyage to Krypton ride and a skating rink. gizmodo.com/metropolis-th…
Rodney Mullen is considered the "Godfather" of modern street skating. He's credited with inventing 37 tricks including the flatground ollie, the Kickflip, the Heelflip, and the 360 flip. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
In 1996 Tonya Harding, by then already a scandalous figure from the 1994 skating incidents, gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to an 81-year-old woman who collapsed at a bar in Portland, and was credited with saving her life. nytimes.com/1996/10/29/sp…
Frank Zamboni was inducted into the Figure Skating Hall of Fame because of the invention that bears his name. zamboni.com/about/fun-fac…
Love Field in Dallas once had a roller disco, movie theaters and an ice skating rink in its terminal southwestaircommunity.com…
Snow and ice are only slippery because of a 4 molecule thick layer of water that is always present at the surface down to as cold as -30C; below -30C it becomes a true solid and skating and skiing are extremely difficult technology.org/2017/12/01…
Steven Bradbury won a gold medal in 2002 Salt Lake City Olimpycs in speed skating, because everyone in front of him crashed. 3 races in a row. olympic.org/videos/the-mo…
An Australian man by the name of Steven Bradbury won gold in speed skating at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games in 2002 because everybody ahead of him fell at the end of the final lap. youtube.com/watch?v=vN7ih…
Ice skating was invented in 3000 B.C. and is the oldest form of human-powered transportation. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
All speed skating world records are set in Salt Lake City and Calgary because the high altitude results in lower air resistance. Separate "sea-level" records are kept to account for this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The famous Wayne Gretzky quote about "skating to where the puck is going to be, not where it's been" is actually misattributed to him. It was said by his father Walter Gretzky. derekchristensen.com/skat…
It used to be compulsory for figure skaters to slowly trace precise, intricate shapes into the ice to be inspected by judges for scoring – hence the name 'figure skating'. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The Popeye dance craze (based on moves of the cartoon character, such as lighting a pipe and skating) was bigger in some areas during the 50's and 60's than The Twist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Elvis Presley and his entourage would rent out roller skating rinks to throw $15,000 worth of fireworks at each other while wearing "air force jump-suits plus gloves, helmets, and goggles." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
At the 2002 winter Olympics, an Australian went from last place to winning the gold medal in speed skating after every other skater crashed on the last corner. olympic.org/videos/the-mo…
Figure Skating is named after the phased-out event, Cumpulsory Figures, where athletes would carve symmetrical figures in the ice; once worth up to 60% of the athletes total score in the Olympics. allaboutwork.org/2013/10/…
That, prior to dance/athleticism set to music, competitive figure skating could include categories such as Special Figures (also Compulsive Figures which were variants of the figure 8) where the skaters traced patterns of their own creation in the ice such as those shown here. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
When the city of Philadelphia announced plans for a $1,000,000 renovation of LOVE Park to get rid of skateboarders, a streetwear shoe company offered $1,000,000 to rehabilitate and clean the park instead. The park's 92-year-old designer also protested by skating in the park. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
In 1961 the entire U. S. Figure skating team died in a plane crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
On February 15, 1961, a tragic plane crash killed all the members of the U.S. Figure Skating Team. Also, friends, family, judges, officials, and coaches were killed. The skaters were traveling to the World Championships. This is the last photo of the team thoughtco.com/1961-figure…
On February 15, 1961 a plane crash killed the entire US figure skating team and everyone else on board, but a dog in the cargo hold survived. nydailynews.com/sports/mo…
[] Surya Bonaly is the ONLY figure skater who has ever landed a one-bladed skating backflip. youtube.com/watch?v=5sIo6…
Although medals in Speed Skating were always awarded for single distances at the Olympics, a single distance World Championship did not exist until 1996. Prior to that all World Championships were decided by racing multiple distances which did not award medals by themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Referring to a pair of goofball friends or co-workers as "Frick and Frack" derives from a Swiss ice-skating duo from the 40's whose act was to be clowns on ice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
In 1961 the entire US Figure Skating Team died in a plane crash history.com/this-day-in-h…
The first reported use of roller skates was in 1743 in London. The first roller skate patent was in 1760. It was another hundred years before roller skating really gained popularity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
Steven Bradbury (skating) won gold medal during the 2002 winter Olympics by coming last place and not getting caught up in the collisions of players in front of him. youtu.be/tYUjmEH9NNk
Special figures was an event in the 1908 Summer Olympic Games. Like compulsory figures, special figures involved tracing patterns on the ice with the blade of one ice skate. This required the skater to display significant balance and control while skating on one foot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Vera Wang competed in figure skating championships and entered the fashion industry after failing to make the US Olympic team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Tour skating is a long distance form of ice skating on natural ice in which skaters commonly travel 60-80 km, and sometimes even over 150 km, in one day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
Stephen Bradbury gave Australia its first Winter Olympics Gold Medal after all his ice skating opponents crashed and he skated past them to win youtube.com/watch?v=fAADW…

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