Competitive figure skating is a captivating sport that demands a unique blend of grace, strength and precision. Behind the mesmerizing performances on the ice lies a world of dedication, devotion and relentless training. 

“Competitive figure skating requires a commitment to training, on- and off-ice, specific to our sport,” says Jackie Brenner, the director of figure skating at Arctic Edge Ice Arena and Blazers Ice Centre, located in Edmond and OKC, respectively. “Balance through motion, extreme athleticism and the desire for excellence are at the core of what makes competitive figure skating so exhilarating.”

Aspiring figure skaters in the Oklahoma City area can access these two premier arenas, where they can begin their journey to mastery – or even just proficiency. These arenas not only provide top-notch facilities but also offer a supportive environment for skaters to thrive.

“Anyone interested in private instruction can contact either arena for assistance in coordinating training,” says Brenner. This accessibility to professional guidance underscores the commitment of the skating community to nurture talent and foster growth at every level – not just the pros.

According to Brenner, Oklahoma has a vibrant community of recreational and competitive skaters, all driven by the shared goal of reaching the pinnacle of their sport. Many aspire to compete at the prestigious U.S. Figure Skating regional, sectional and national events, where they can showcase their prowess on a larger scale.

“Training often allows skaters to hone their craft for competitive, test and professional opportunities,” says Brenner. 

The meticulous training regimen prepares skaters for competitions and opens doors to various avenues within the skating world, including professional performances and even coaching careers.

Competitive figure skating is more than just a sport – it’s a lifestyle characterized by discipline and an unwavering passion. Every jump, spin and glide on the ice is a testament to the countless hours of dedication and perseverance invested by skaters.

Before You Glide

It’s no secret that ice skating can be a bit scary as a beginner. After all, ice isn’t the softest cushion. Here are a few tips to ensure maximum safety:

1. Make sure your skates fit well. Too big of skates can lead to wobbling and twisted ankles; too small of skates can cause blisters and an uncomfortable glide. Additionally, make sure your blades are sharp – dull blades will lead to falls. 

2. Speaking of falls – learn how to do them safely. Yes, you’ll bite it on the ice sooner or later. But knowing how to fall to protect what matters can save you a trip to urgent care. If you’re falling backwards, tuck your chin into your chest and aim to land with most of the weight on your bottom. If you’re falling forward, ensure you’re using your arms to protect your head. And never attempt to grab another skater to regain balance. 

3. Avoid skating on natural frozen bodies of water unless they are surveyed and approved by a professional. You won’t be able to see how deep the freeze is, which can lead to potential breaks in the water and an unexpected cold plunge. 

4. Don’t be afraid to wear safety gear, like helmets and knee, wrist and elbow pads. Worried about looking dorky? We guarantee it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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