Ice Figure and Artistic Roller Skating

Artistic Roller Skating

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Competitive artistic roller skating is very similar to ice figure skating. Skaters compete in a number of different events including singles, pairs, dance, figures, as well as precision. The governing body for artistic roller skating in the U.S. is USA Roller Sports and internationally F.I.R.S.- The Federation International Roller Sports.
Skaters compete locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally at the elite level. The sport is not yet an Olympic sport but is recognized by the U.S.O.C. (United States Olympic Committee) as a Pan American sport. International Artistic Roller Skating competitions consist of the Pan American Games, World Games, and World Championships. These teams are chosen depending on a skater's placement at the United States National Championships held every year in July.
Singles skating consists of a single man or women performing jumps and spins to music. A skater is judged based on their technical merit as well as artistic impression. Jumps are the same as ice skating, such as axel, salchow, flip, and loop, although there are some technique differences. Roller skaters tend to do more jumps in a row, such as axel loop mapes euler flip. Roller skaters can perform jumps as difficult as a triple axel, and there have been many attempts at a quadruple although they haven’t been successfully performed in competition to date. Due to the nature of the skate there are a lot of variations to spins the roller skaters can perform such as a heel camel (where the skater spins only on the back two wheels,) and broken ankle (skater spins only on the inside two wheels.)
Pairs skating is very similar to singles although it also involves lifts as well as throw jumps. A man and a women skate together to music performing various jumps and spins side by side, as well as lifts where the man will at times hold the women with one hand above his head while spinning and skating down the floor.
Dance skating involves a couple skating to traditional foxtrot, blues, tango music similar to ball room dancing. They are judged on technique, flow, and how well they match as a team. Another element to dance skating is free dance. Free dance is used as a final event in the top categories of dance and involves skating to music of the teams’ choice and lifts. In free dance the lifts cannot go over the man’s head and there are no jumps as there are in pairs.
Figure skating is when the skaters follow the black lines drawn on the skating floor. There are set patterns you must follow around the circles while tracing the line. Skaters will perform different turns on the line including three turns, brackets, counters, and rockers.
Precision skating consists of large groups skating to music performing in unison to create a visual effect as if there is one mass skating on the floor. Skaters are judged on creativity of the program, sharpness, and technical difficulty.


Links for video and more information on competitive artistic roller skating:

Artistic Roller Skating Local Clubs



Ice Figure Skating Local Clubs


Rink: Sportsplex (Bellingham, WA)

Rink: Highland Ice Arena (Shoreline, WA)

Idaho Ice World - Figure Skating

Rink: Idaho Ice World (Boise, WA)

Lane Events Center

Rink: Lane Events Center (Eugene, OR)


Rink: Eagles Ice Arena (Spokane, WA)


Rink: The Rrrink (Medford, OR)

Palouse Figure Skating

Rink: Palouse Ice Rink (Moscow, ID)


Rink: Lynnwood Ice Center (Lynnwood, WA)
Olympicview Arena (Mountlake Terrace, WA)