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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.


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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


July 11, 2015 | North America: Michigan

Michigan skater set to take National Showcase stage

By Betty Hughes

Michigan Special Olympics athlete Linnea Hughes is preparing to take her skating to a national stage this summer. She has qualified to compete at National Showcase, an artistic and theatrical skating competition within US Figure Skating.View Story Michigan Special Olympics athlete Linnea Hughes is preparing to take her skating to a national stage this summer. She has qualified to compete at National Showcase, an artistic and theatrical skating competition within US Figure Skating. This year's National Showcase will be held in Brighton, MI at the Kensington Ice House. Linnea qualified to this competition by placing in the top 4 at Michigan Showcase in May 2015, combined with successfully passing US Figure Skating testing. Linnea has competed in Special Olympics Michigan State Winter games since 2004, and her competitions there have been life-changing. She has learned perseverance, goal-setting, and determination. The joy she has found in her skating spills over into the rest of her life! Making friends in the skating community through Special Olympics has been one of the things she enjoys most about skating. She plans to dedicate her performance at National Showcase to her parents, coaches, and Special Olympics Michigan.

About Betty Hughes:I am a parent, chaperone, SO skating coach, and veterinary technician. We live in beautiful southwest Michigan. When not at work, I can usually be found at the ice rink!
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April 08, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Austria

European Figure Skating Competition a perfect success in Vienna

By Suzanne Coogan

Special Olympics Germany athlete 57 year old Andrea Körner in action

Thirty-five figure skaters from six countries--Austria, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia and Iceland--took part in the European Figure Skating Competition in Vienna on March 27-29.View Story Thirty-five figure skaters from six countries--Austria, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia and Iceland--took part in the European Figure Skating Competition in Vienna on March 27-29 including 57 yr old Andrea Körner (pictured) from Germany. The event under the patronage of Christian Oxonitsch, Vienna City Director of Education and Sports took place at the Eissport Favoriten Sports Center. Elisabeth and Helmut Sieber, SO Austria & SOEE Figure Skating Advisors as well Technical Delegates with experience of several Special Olympics Winter World Games gathered with Austrian volunteers and international officials from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Slovakia. The event was broadcast by ORF TV and provided a perfect backdrop for preparations for the 2017 World Winter Games in Graz and Schladming. Several of the officials and volunteers will be working at the 2017 Winter Games. Thank you to Special Olympics Austria and Elisabeth and Helmut Sieber for their excellent coordination of a superb event.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager of Media and Public Awareness with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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February 19, 2015 | North America: Canada

my figure skating experience

By shianne mcdonad

YES I DO

I love skating for all the right reasons. I love being a girl who loves skating and can't wait to show everybody in the world what a dreamer like me can be growing up in life. By showing my skating skills, I show what it means to be athletic.View Story I love skating for all the right reasons. I love being a girl who loves skating and can't wait to show everybody in the world what a dreamer like me can be growing up in life. By showing my skating skills, I show what it means to be athletic.

About shianne mcdonad:I compete in competitions and and love skating and I love to win the world nationals AND CANTWAIT SHOW MY SKATING TO THE WORLD TO WIN TROPHY TO BRING HOME TO MY TEAM GRANDFALLS WINSOIR EAGLES .
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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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