Research Paper On Figure Skating

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Figure skating is one of the most watched sports of the Winter Olympics. The first known example of skating occurred in Finland over 4,000 years ago. It began as way to get around and run away. While the first skates were just pieces of bone strapped to the foot, in the 13th century the Dutch developed steel blades. Jackson Haines, in the mid 1800s, was the inventor of the modern figure skating, and he attached blades with screws so jumps and leaps could be performed without the blades falling off. It was called figure skating for the complex designs that the skaters would create on the ice. Figure skating was introduced to the Olympics in 1908, and that was the only year that special figures took place. Sonja Henie helped to increase the popularity of figure skating when she incorporated elements from…show more content…
Gravity keeps the skaters on the ice, so they don’t go flying off into space. After defying gravity by leaping into the air, skaters are pulled back down to Earth by this force. Skaters must keep their center of gravity low to be able to execute complicated spins. Sometimes, gravity is detrimental to skaters causing them to fall. However, even though gravity can be a bad thing sometimes, it is an integral part of figure skating. Without gravity figure skating could not exist because they could not stay on the ice and would not come down after jumps. Friction is a force that opposes motion. The types of friction are rolling, sliding, fluid, and static friction. Figure skaters experience sliding friction as their skates glide across the ice. While skaters soar through the air in complicated jumps, they are fighting the force of fluid friction. As they wait to begin their program, skaters experience static friction There is friction in between the skates and the ice, but much less than between your foot and the ground. In conclusion, friction slows down skaters, but without it, they could not start or

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