Figure Skating

This page draws together figure skating-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics figure skating.  View Figure Skating Fact Sheet

Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, pairs, or groups perform spins, jumps, footwork and other intricate and challenging moves on ice skates. Figure skaters compete at various levels from beginner up to the Olympic level (senior), and at local, national, and international competitions.

Figure Skating Stories and News

April 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Croatia

Skating, Bowling and Athletics at Special Olympics Croatia

By Franjo Horvat

Special Olympics Croatia athletes, coaches and volunteers at the athletics competition in Daruvar.

Special Olympics Croatia had a busy competition schedule with events recently held in athletics, bowling and skating.View Story Special Olympics Croatia had a busy competition schedule, with events recently held in athletics, bowling and skating. In late March, an athletics competition was held for 30 athletes in Daruvar and organized in cooperation with the Center for Education Rudolf Steiner. Athletes came from Daruvar, Zagreb, Zajezda, Ozal and Velika Gorica. In early April, 26 teams from throughout Croatia participated in a championship bowling tournament. The tournament was held at the Green Gold Club in Zagreb and organized in cooperation with Special Club Luc. Also in April a championship was held for Special Olympics Croatian speed- and figure-skaters in Zagreb. Thirty-eight skaters from Zagreb, Zaprešić, Dugo Selo, Pula and Osijek participated. Special Olympics Croatia organized the skating competition in cooperation with the Center for Education Prekrižje and the Rehabilitation Center Zagreb. More than 50 volunteers helped with the three competitions.

About Franjo Horvat:Franjo Horvat is National Director of Special Olympics Croatia
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May 17, 2013 | East Asia: China

Athlete Portrait: 2013 Torch Runner Yu Nianlin

By Lafael Liu

Being selected as 1 of the 8 torch runners at 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, was such an important honor that it made Yu Nianlin felt on top of the world.View Story Being selected as 1 of the 8 torch runners at 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, was such an important honor that it made Yu Nianlin felt on top of the world. Born in 1996, little Nianlin is a cute girl, and also a Special Olympics figure skating athlete. She is very optimistic and always influences the people around with positive energy. Even when she falls on ground during figure skating practice, the painful look usually only last no more than 5 seconds before a big smile appears on her face again. When Nianlin was asked what is the biggest challenge she has had to overcome. She said: "The Weight Control has always been my biggest challenge in my daily life. But, in order to complete in the jumping action when I play figure skating, I know I have to decrease my desire for snacks. I have to try my best to do that and I will."

About Lafael Liu:Assistant Manager, Marketing & Communications East Asia Region
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Figure Skating Events




May 17, 2014 - Jan 1, 1900

Special Olympics/Therapeutic skate session

The US Figure Skating-aligned Diamond Edge Figure Skating Club invites you to its first ever Special Olympics/Therapeutic skate session for special needs skaters.
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Figure Skating Competitions

World Winter Games 2013

The 2013 Games featured world-class competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speedskating, among other sports in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. See results by delegation, athlete and bib number.

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