February 18, 2014

The History of Ice Skating

With the Olympics in full swing, I'm loving the figure skating, especially the ice dancing. Here is a charming photo of two couples enjoying the ice back in 1910. But when did man first strap on a pair of blades and take to the ice?
From the Library of Congress

The archaeological record documents ice skates made of bone found on the banks of Lake Moss, Switzerland, as early as 3000 BC .  The first mention of ice skating was made by a monk in Canterbury . He talks about children on bone skates, carrying sticks, flying across the ice in the 1100's.  The Dutch refined the sport, adding sharpened, steel blades in the 13th and 14th century. The design of modern ice skates is largely the same as that developed by the Dutch way back then. Jackson Haines is credited with the invention of figure skating.  In 1864, he incorporated ballet and dance movements into his skating.

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