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Thanks for that (: Always good to meet another Aussie skater. If you don't mind me asking, what age did you start skating at because of that situation?
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Hello again :)

I started skating when I was 12 years old, turning thirteen. So pretty much a late start. XD 


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Hello! So you don't in Australia I take it? Because skating isn't popular over here it's really hard to find things and rinks, coaches. I find it difficult. But love it, so it's all worth it.
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Hello,

I do live in Australia and I agree with you. I would have started skating earlier if there was an actual rink nearby my home. The closest rink wasn’t built until around a few years ago or more. I never found out about it until probably a year after it was built. It’s definitely worth it. Skating is one of my stress reliefs—without it, I don’t know what I’d do with my life.

Happy skating~!


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Hello darling! I have a question that I need an actual figure skater to answer and not just google lol :3 How much of an impact would you say that figure skating is on your knees/legs? I've been in love with figure skating since I was 7 and always wanted to try it but I was a cheerleader instead. I love them both but I had an injury from cheer and now my doctor says I need to do a sport without such a high impact on my legs. Thank you, love ❄️
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Hello,

Hm…I’ve never really thought about it, actually. One thing for sure is that you will feel impact on your knees from falling. No matter how experienced you are, you can’t control how you’re going to land when you stuff up an element. There is a chance you could fall on your knees. Putting falling over aside, figure skating uses your legs a lot. You’re spinning with them, landing on them, use them to help you get into the air for a jump, and footwork. I’m a figure skater working on singles only. I haven’t started on any doubles, so unfortunately, I have no experience with how much impact there could be for those bigger kind of jumps, and single jumps don’t have that much impact, considering I’ve never even noticed any painful impact when landing my jumps. I’m probably not the best figure skater to ask, so try asking around to other figure skating blogs as well for more advice. I’m sorry I couldn’t do more, sweets. Good luck!

Happy skating~! <3


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I just turned 16 and in trying to convince my mom to let me do figure skating again. I'm serious and passionate about it but she's worried I'll get injured. Can you help me convince her? It would mean the world to me, love :*
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Hello there,

I’ll try my best to help you out! When people look at it vaguely, figure skating is scary and dangerous, mainly because you’re jumping and spinning around lifting your leg with a blade attached to your foot. But just meeting a new person and judging them by their looks, your mum is looking at figure skating’s outside. Deeper in, figure skating is actually not that dangerous. Broken bones are rare and the only “injuries” you’ll get are a few or more bruises from falling, and perhaps rare pulled muscles if you skate without warming up. Let her know about this, and also reassure her that you’ll be careful when you skate. To not prove her wrong, make sure you don’t do things too advanced for your level, or even worse teach yourself how to do things. That will definitely increase risks of injury. Sit down with your mum, talk to her about your feelings towards her decision and your feelings towards this sport. You said “figure skating again”, so pretty much your mum let you figure skate once before, right? So perhaps ask her why you were able to figure skate then but not now. Try reasoning with her. She’ll see how much you really want it, and will take it into consideration (even if your mum says no, she’ll still end up thinking about it, a lot of mothers work that way). If you have any more questions, or something else came up, feel free to inbox me again :) Oh, and happy late birthday! <3

Happy skating~!


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I love your blog it's very helpful :') I began figure skating consistently starting in January of this year and am in love with it. I'm 15 though and all the other skaters are like five and fantastic. I'm a fast learner and have been a dancer my whole life but I feel like it might too late for me to spend the money and time to excel at this sport :( Whats your opinion? Also what do you do for conditioning outside of the rink? Thanks xx
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Hello,

Thank very much, sweetie! You know, it’s never too late. You’re telling me you love figure skating, and so spending the money to figure skate is worth it more than you think. Figure skating is difficult, and I don’t know which level of figure skating you mean when you say ‘excel’, but it’s never too late. You’re a fast learner and experienced with dancing. Wherever you think ‘excel’ is, you’ll reach it if you keep practicing and using any intimidation you feel from other skaters as motivation. This sport is muscle memory, and as a dancer you would have been doing that your whole life. With figure skating, you just need to mix muscle memory with LOTS of practice. And things you can do outside the rink is cross training. With me, I mainly just stretch and sometimes join my brother with swimming laps at the pool (great for the legs). You can also do more leg workouts and core work outs. Figure skating is mainly legs, core and flexibility. Not to mention stamina and endurance. Any jogging, spare-time stretching, ab work outs and even more dancing are great for outside the rink! :D

Happy skating~!


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Hello :) Where do you get your GIFS from? Your blog is THE best figure skating blog e v e r! Thank you for being amazing! <3
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Hi!

Oh thank you so much! Your message made me smile a lot, and it’s good I smiled because I’m sick at the moment with a cold. I didn’t think anyone would love my blog THIS much! Thank YOU for being a great supporter! I usually get my GIFs from Google images (I just try finding specific ones I want) or if I stumble upon any while browsing tumblr. Finding certain GIFs are hard and so I’ve decided to make them myself from now on if I can.

Happy skating~! <3


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Hi! I'm 14 and I'm developing this serious love for figure skating. Here's my problem: I've never skated a day in my life. I would try and arrange to start, but other than skates I don't know what I'd need to start and I'm not sure if I can fit it into my schedule until June (that's too long lol). Any advice/tips on how to deal with this?
Anonymous
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Hello there,

Well, you don’t need skates necessarily yet. When I first started skating, I went with the rental skates and kept using them until I was in a level where I started to learn spins and jumps. Using rental skates as a beginner was to not waste money on skates just in case I decide to stop skating when learning elements became a bit harder. So you don’t really need anything to start besides yourself and some warm clothes (NO JEANS!) It’s already June now, and I hope you’ve started skating! But if you haven’t, skating in your fantasies to your favourite music should help. I sadly only skate once a week, and when it’s holidays I don’t skate for two weeks, so listening to music and skating to it in my head helps. Otherwise, I do some stretches for skating. You can do that! You can stretch and prepare for it! Watch some skating videos for inspiration while stretching and working out. Knowing you’re doing it for skating may get you more pumped and a little more impatient, but trust me the excitement is all worth it. Please feel free to inbox me again if anything else comes up in mind, yeah!? :D

Happy skating~!


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Typical coaches… *sigh*


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