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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Beijing’s urban center will host indoor events such as hockey and figure skating, largely in venues left over from the 2008 Summer Olympics. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "Samaranch approves Beijing’s environmental outlook for 2022," 18 Sep. 2018 The world headquarters for Cirque du Soleil is in Montreal, where the Canadiens hockey team is followed with religious fervor, and ice sports like figure skating, speed skating and curling are woven into the city’s DNA., "Cirque du Soleil's 'Crystal' turns circus into an ice-skating spectacle," 29 Mar. 2018 Though comparisons may be drawn between gymnastics and figure skating, the truth is, any sport can feel a bit tainted by the stink of this terrible saga. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How Should We Watch the Olympics in a Post-Nassar World?," 9 Feb. 2018 But with figure skating wrapping up, the Games were about to face a sudden lack of Adam Rippon, which is apparently a prospect that NBC couldn't bear. Luke Darby, GQ, "Rippon is joining the network as a commentator for the rest of the Olympics.," 18 Feb. 2018 Figure Skating Gala, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC Saturday’s primetime coverage will showcase the day’s speed skating events, the four-man bobsled, and the figure skating gala, marking your last chance to watch Olympic figure skating until 2022. Kathryn Lundstrom,, "Saturday Daily Olympic Digest: A New Definition of 'Shustering'," 24 Feb. 2018 Body image issues aren't new to figure skating, but the conversation has historically centered on women. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon Reveals His Experience With Disordered Eating," 13 Feb. 2018 Laurie Nealin is a freelance writer who lives in Winnipeg and has covered figure skating for nearly 30 years. Laurie Nealin, Anchorage Daily News, "23 years after he first laced up skates, Keegan Messing is going to the Olympics," 15 Jan. 2018 That’s what Harding and her small band of miscreants did in 1994 to shame American figure skating and meddle with the signature sport of the Winter Olympics. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "The pathetic, hopeless effort to unburden one athlete from her shame 24 years later," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of figure skating

1852, in the meaning defined above

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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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