October 15th, 2012
One of the most popular venues during the Olympic Winter Games is always the skating arena. Although speed skating has gained notoriety in recent years, largely due to the success and popularity of Apolo Anton Ohno, the big drawing card has been and will undoubtedly continue to be figure skating. Figure skating is not a single event but rather a series of separate competitions. There are competitions for Menâ€™s, Ladies, www.directtelevisionpackages.com, Pairs skating and Ice Dancing. The founding father of figure skating is Jackson Haines. This American lived in the Civil War era and was both a ballet dancer and a skater.I was looking for more information and found it here. He combined the two sports and founded figure skating. This new-found sport was not well received in the United States but was in his travels to Vienna, Austria. This is where the â€œInternational Style of Figure Skatingâ€ first appeared. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century, and long after Hainesâ€™ passing, that figure skating began its rise to popularity back home in the United States. A significant rise in figure skating popularity can be traced to just after World War II and to the introduction of television. As television coverage became more popular and prominent so too did figure skating. Richard â€œDickâ€ Button was dominant after World War II and transitioned into a mainstay in television commentary. Scott Hamilton dominated the early 1980â€™s and also transitioned into broadcasting. Also noteworthy are Todd Eldredge, Johnny Weir and, currently, Jeremy Abbott. The Ladies competition has been driven to prominence through the efforts of such notables as Peggy Fleming, Janet Lynn, Linda Fratianne and, perhaps most dominate of any skater, Michelle Kwan.