Top 5 Performance Reminders for Skating Competitions

Christina Chitwood and Mark Hanretty performing the Finnstep at the 2009 European Championships (Photo by Liz Chastney)

Christina Chitwood and Mark Hanretty performing the Finnstep at the 2009 European Championships (Photo by Liz Chastney)

With regionals having recently ended, competitions for our students coming up the next two weekends, sectionals and nationals coming up, and the international competition season continuing, I want to provide some tips for any competitor, any level. Some of these may seem basic, but even the top competitors in the world sometimes forget to do them.

1. SMILE! :) Unless your coach has asked you to use a different expression to portray your program, you should be smiling!

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October 21, 2011

Express Yourself through Figure Skating

Most people think of figure skating as both sport and art. Peggy Fleming has a short video on expressing yourself through figure skating:

Peggy Fleming On Why People Should Skate

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September 26, 2011

Finding Inspiration for Performance

Finding inspiration as a performer is sometimes key to giving that moving performance yourself, whether you’re a figure skater, gymnast, dancer, actor, singer, or any other type of performer.

Here are two videos that can help you find inspiration in many different ways.

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August 26, 2011

Top Tips for Skating Competitions

Christina warming up for the 2009 NRW Trophy, Dortmund, Germany.

Christina warming up for the 2009 NRW Trophy, Dortmund, Germany.

Figure-skating competition season is here! Along with all the hard work comes the stress of remembering everything needed for a competition and the actual competition performance. Let’s not forget the parents, coaches, and audience members who have the stressful job of supporting the skaters, which can be a lot harder than it looks.

I think everyone involved with figure skating during competition season needs support. Here are some articles with tips for skating competitions from my brother, Will (former international pairs competitor representing the U.S.), our mom, Deb Chitwood ( founder of Raising Figure Skaters with ideas from a parent’s perspective) and me (former international ice dance competitor representing Great Britain).

I hope these ideas help eliminate some of the stress so that you can experience the joy of competition!

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July 29, 2011

Give Your Child the Gift of a Healthy Lifestyle through Physical Fitness

Fitness training is an important activity to include in your child/teenager’s life….

Athletic children and youth involved in sport can experience added improvement in their sport and prevent injuries with fitness training. As an example, ice skaters can really benefit from off-ice training such as sports conditioning, Pilates, jump, Zumba, balance work, and stretching.

Ice skaters tend to specialize in their sport at young ages, so it’s all the more important to develop strength and flexibility throughout the body to prevent muscular imbalances and injuries later in life. With fitness training added into figure skaters’ weekly routines, skaters can enjoy their sport even more and feel great!

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Photo Credit: Photo by Giulio Bernardi at Flickr Creative Commons.

July 1, 2011