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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Ice Skater

In 18th-century Paris, men wore extremely tight pants and jackets while ice-skating to show off their perfect form.

The first American ice skater of renown was the famous painter Benjamin West who, on going to London, displayed there the "Philadelphia style." (Philadelphia was where America's earliest skating club was formed).

The American, Jackson Haines, was a ballet master. During the Civil War, he went to Vienna, the home of the waltz, where the skaters Haines saw gave him the idea of skating to music. He became a dancing teacher of ice skaters, and this new form of skating was soon widely popular. All modern figure skating grew out of his efforts.

At the age of two, the actor Burt Ward,  who played Robin in the Batman TV series, was listed in the Prolific magazine, as the world's youngest professional ice skater.

Tara Lipinski of the U.S., aged 14 years and 10 months, became the youngest champion women's World Figure Skating Champion in 1997.

The next year on February 20, 1998, Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold medallist in Winter Olympics history when she won the ladies’ figure skating title in Nagano, Japan, aged 15 years and 8 months.

Source  Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc

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