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Olympic Figure Skating - 10 things you need to know

November 25, 2013 08:00 am

Venue: Iceberg Skating Palace

Gold medals on offer: 5

Dates: Thursday February 6 – Saturday February 22

Number of Team GB athletes: Men: 2 Women: 3

Camel Spin: A spin performed whereby the free leg is extended backwards with the knee held above hip level.

Lutz: A jump whereby the skater takes off from the back outer edge of one skate, fully rotates and lands on the back outer edge of the other skate

Quadruple: A jump with four full rotations in the air

Toe Loop: A jump whereby the skater takes off from the back outer edge of one skate while moving backwards, spins fully and lands on the back outer edge of the same skate

Ice dance is the only figure skating discipline that allows the use of music with vocals

The founder of modern day figure skating was American Jackson Haines who lived in the late 1800s. He is responsible for inventing the sit spin

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