figure skating


Definition of figure skating 

: skating characterized by the performance of various jumps, spins, and dance movements and formerly by the tracing of prescribed figures

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figure skater noun

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After much speculation, the most controversial name in figure skating —Tonya Harding — will be joining the show this season. People Staff,, "Who Is Competing on Dancing with the Stars: Athletes Tonight?," 30 Apr. 2018 But for a fall on the triple axel in his short program Friday in Pyeongchang, the Girdwood figure skater might have put himself in the medal hunt in men's figure skating. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Girdwood’s Keegan Messing 10th after Olympic short program," 16 Feb. 2018 Vincent Zhou, 17, figure skating The Palo Alto native finished third at the U.S. championships in January, attempting five quadruple jumps and earning a spot on the Olympic team. San Francisco Chronicle, "Maddie Bowman, 24 freestyle skiing," 6 Feb. 2018 Like figure skating, her sport involves athletes performing routines on an ice rink. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "New Lenox native skates in synch on the world stage," 2 Apr. 2018 Other than figure skating, what's your dream career? Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "An Interview With Nathan Chen, Winter Olympics 2018 Figure Skater," 14 Feb. 2018 In the world of international figure skating, no judge has ever received a lifetime ban for breaking the rules. Mary Pilon, NBC News, "Figure skating lets judges who break the rules return to judge another day," 8 Feb. 2018 Maurizi, 55, director of figure skating for the Ice House in Hackensack, N.J., said in a phone interview Wednesday. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Latest sex abuse scandal shows U.S. Olympic sports have much work to do," 14 Mar. 2018 Their broadcasting success only grew from there, with gigs for NBC outside of their expertise of figure skating at the Super Bowl, the National Dog Show, the Academy Awards and the Kentucky Derby. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Inside Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir’s Rise From Olympic Figure Skaters to Beloved Commentators," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of figure skating

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of figure skating was in 1852

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English Language Learners Definition of figure skating

: ice-skating in which the skaters perform various jumps, spins, and dance movements

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