Now there's a masterfully written guide that shows beginning and recreational skaters the fundamental skills of ice skating.
In Ice Skating: Steps to Success, Karin Künzle-Watson—nine-time Swiss National Champion, former Professional World Champion, and one of skating's best instructors—shares with readers the steps that she and many of her students learned on their way to becoming elite competitive skaters.
Most instruction books available on ice skating tend to focus on advanced jumps or spins, assuming the reader will learn the basics through professional instruction. Ice Skating: Steps to Success, however, covers fundamental skills in a way that's easy to understand and apply.
Part of the highly popular Steps to Success Series, this book includes 11 steps (chapters) that progress from basic to intermediate skills. It features over 300 illustrations that make it possible to learn proper form and technique. Readers will learn how to:
• attain the posture and control required for basic skills;
• use standard methods of gaining forward and backward speed;
• execute four different methods of stopping;
• fall properly and get up easily;
• change direction without loss of control; and
• control the skate edges in order to prepare for advanced maneuvers, including jumps, spins, and footwork.
With Ice Skating: Steps to Success, beginning and recreational skaters will develop a solid foundation of skills to help them gain confidence in their abilities and enjoy the sport more.
Table of ContentsThe Steps to Success Staircase
The Sport of Ice Skating
• Evolution of the Ice Skate
• The Myth of Weak Ankles
• Falling and Getting Up
• Warm-Up and Cool-Down
Ice Skating Equipment
• Ice Skates and Their Care
• Protective Gear
Step 1. Proper Skating Posture: Developing Balance
Step 2. Push and Glide: Moving Ahead
Step 3. Forward Stops: Slowing Down
Step 4. Forward Skating and Stopping: Gaining Confidence
Step 5. Backward Skating and Stopping: Doubling Your Options
Step 6. Forward Stroking: Pushing for Power
Step 7. Forward Crossovers: Stroking on a Curve
Step 8. Two-Foot Turns and Mohawks: Controlling Rotation
Step 9. Backward Crossovers: Gaining Speed on a Curve
Step 10. Swingrolls and Advanced Edges: Improving Edge Control
Step 11. Three-Turns: Changing Direction and Edges
Style and Efficiency: Rating Your Skating Progress
"With the help of Karin KÃ¯Â¿Å“nzle-Watson and Stephen J. DeArmond, thousands of people who never skated before can now find their way in this beautiful, though technically difficult, sport. Read it and try it, have fun, get your body physically involved and your mind mentally working. Have this book with you on every practice."
Tamara Moskvina, PhD
Olympic figure skating coach
"This book has a lot to offer someone who wants to learn the basics of ice skating."
Five-time Professional World Champion, Two-time World Champion, Gold Medalist, 1988 Olympics