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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Team members from each of the eight Team U.S.A. sports delegations — bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speedskating, and luge — voted to decide. Emma Baty, Cosmopolitan, "Speed Skater Shani Davis Skips Olympics Opening Ceremony After Controversial Flag Bearer Decision," 9 Feb. 2018 The eight winter sporting federations — bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speed skating, and luge — each nominate an athlete and then cast ballots in a series of rounds. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Team USA Announces Its Flag Bearer: Luger Erin Hamlin," 8 Feb. 2018 But, unlike the Olympics—the only occasion when most people have any time for figure skating or race walking—the World Cup serves as a quadrennial testament to soccer’s year-round appeal. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "How We Watch Soccer Now," 5 Dec. 2016 The only athletes to qualify for the Olympics on merit, Ryom Tae-ok, 19, and Kim Ju-sik, 25, placed 13th in pairs figure skating. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "With Olympics Over, Team Korea Goes Back to Being 2 Countries," 25 Feb. 2018 Hanyu made history in Olympic figure skating and also won the 1,000th gold medal in Winter Olympics history. Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know this weekend," 17 Feb. 2018 Four years ago Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu consoled themselves after missing out on making the 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team by eating cheeseburgers on Nagasu’s roof. Colleen Kratofil,, "Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu Star in DSW's New Summer Campaign," 20 June 2018 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

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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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