How to Ice Skate

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How to Ice Skate

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Learning to ice skate can be tricky at first, but keep at it. You will get better each time you get out on the ice. Here are a few tips to get you going.


Step One

Getting Started - Stand with your heels together and your toes pointing out, forming a V with your feet. If you're at an ice rink with sidewalls, hold onto the walls while you get your balance.


Step Two

Bend your knees and push off to the side with your right foot. Keep your left foot pointed forward.


Step Three

Bring your right foot back to the starting position and push off to the side with your left foot. This time keep your right foot pointed forward.


Step Four

Repeat this process alternating feet over and over to keep skating in a straight line.


Step Five

Stopping and Turning - Do a T-stop. Glide forward on your left foot and drag you right foot behind you, forming a T with your feet. As your foot drags you should come to a slow stop.


Step Six

Stop faster with a hockey stop. Turn your feet sideways and let them dig into the ice. This will take some time to get right, especially if your skates have a toe pick on the front.


Step Seven

Turn while skating by slowly moving the front of your feet in the direction you want to go and leaning to the inside. Lift up your outside foot and cross it over your inside foot to get more speed coming out of the turn.


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