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Figure skating: Sport can be artistic too

When I first came across this sport I was appealed by its authenticity and statuesque. The beautiful curves and graceful movements never fail to a captive one. It's just so beautiful and magical. Figure skating is widely known as artistic skating across many countries like Japan, Russia, Polish, etc. It was the first winter sport to be included in the Olympic Games. And the most amazing thing about it is that it can be participated individually or in a group. Skaters generally perform two programs -the short program and the free skate. Depending on the discipline, may include spins, jumps, moves in the field, lifts, throw jumps, death spirals, and other elements or moves. It is important for skaters to choose the right skates. The type of skates and their quality has a huge impact on their performance. Unlike skates used in ice hockey, these skates have a set of large, jagged teeth called toe picks on the front part of the blade. In figure skating, it is always desirable to skate on only one edge of the blade. Costumes tagged by skaters, discipline, music, and sometimes other attributes like details or color also play a significant role in this. Sounds wonderful, isn't it? But like every sport, this has its hardship too. Skaters are often pressurized to eat poorly so as to maintain their weight. It takes a toll on their health over the years. When questioned about it one answered with a smile saying it's all about discipline and dedication. Hold on to your determination, passion, and willingness and that will encourage you to go on.

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