How to choose your first figure skating skates: Olympic champion advises

At many city skating rinks it is possible to rent skates. But if you are determined to learn to ride well, it is better to get your own. Own skates will be right for you, you can ride anywhere at any time. Using personal skates is more hygienic and safe. Over time, they will take the form of your foot, so skating will become even more comfortable.

How to choose your first figure skating skates: Olympic champion advises

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Figure skates are unusual shoes for our legs. Choose a model in which you will be completely comfortable. To do this, it is better to go to a specialized store with a good selection of different models. Try on several different pairs of different materials and find the most suitable one.

Consultants will help you choose skates for your tasks.

Professional brands that produce skates for beginners: Ris32ort (Italy), Graf (Switzerland), Wifa (Austria), Jackson (Canada), Edea (Italy), Riedell (USA), Botas (Czech Republic), Gam (Canada).

If you are going to train on the street, measure skates in the store right away with a warm toe. Lace up the skates well and walk in them for 5-10 minutes (in covers, of course). Lacing should not pull the leg and impair blood circulation.

If your foot is numb, relax your shoelaces or try a bigger size.

How to choose your first figure skating skates: Olympic champion advises

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Today, skates are made from artificial and natural materials. The latter are more expensive, but they “breathe” better and adapt to the features of the foot. When choosing skates, first of all pay attention to convenience: you can be comfortable both in leather skates and in synthetic ones.

Figure skates for lovers come with insulated lining or without it. Warm skates allow you to spend more time on the rink without freezing.

Blade is just as important as the boot. Usually amateur skates are already sold with a set of “boots + blade”. For training, the most ordinary blade is suitable.

Before going to the ice rink, skates must be sharpened, even if the blade seems to be so sharp. Sharpened skates glide better on ice.

How to choose your first figure skating skates: Olympic champion advises

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Athletes ride professional skates, often made to exact measurements. The blades and boot are selected separately, based on the tasks.

Blades for sports and dance figure skating differ in length, size of teeth, curvature and other parameters.

Finally, you have selected excellent skates for yourself - but that’s not all. For going to the rink you will need:

  • a special bag,
  • protective covers for the blades.

Choose a bag with extra pockets where you can put away a thermos or extra gloves. Plastic covers should be worn on skates everywhere except ice so as not to damage the blades.

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