Have you ever thought about taking ice skating lessons but felt you were too old?

Sometimes, it might seem as if only young people can ice skate, but that’s not quite true. Skating can be enjoyed at all ages! Here are some reasons why it’s not too late for you to skate to great:

1. You join a welcoming community.

Ice skating brings people from all walks of life together to share a common passion. When you start skating, you’ll be welcomed into a community of skaters who want to be your friend and help you throughout your skating journey.

From the Winter 2020 edition of Learn to Skate USA: The Magazine

As Charlie Brown once said, “There are three things in life that people like to stare at: a flowing stream, a crackling fire and a Zamboni clearing the ice.”

Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of going to a hockey game or skating competition is watching the ice resurfacer glide across the ice, a smooth glassy line trailing behind the machine. Have you ever wondered how it creates the perfect smooth ice skaters love?

Before the invention of the ice resurfacer, maintaining the ice at rinks across…

By Taylor Dean

Ice skating has been around for centuries, dating back as early as 1000 BC as a way to travel across frozen water. Today, ice sports take the stage at the Winter Olympics every four years, and skaters of all ages practice their skills year-round.

One of the most important parts of skating is the attire. Without the proper protection, skaters long ago couldn’t brave the cold and help evolve the sports we know and love today.

Hockey players couldn’t sport their team colors or protect themselves from injury. Without skin suits, speed skaters couldn’t zoom across the…

You imagine performing the same hat tricks and triple Axels you see at the Olympics. You envision yourself preparing for a big competition like Kate and Doug in The Cutting Edge. Or perhaps you want to skate like your favorite character in a book. Motivation to hit the ice can come from anywhere— even reading.

Reading isn’t just good for your mind, it’s good for skating, too! Whether you’re just starting out or ready to take center ice at the competition of the year, these 10 books about ice skating will ignite your motivation.

For the Kids: “Dream Big, Little Pig!” by Kristi Yamaguchi

Poppy is a little pig with…

Eddy Alvarez realized Olympic glory, baseball dream by working hard, his way

By J.M. Casper

For many of us, the year 2020 was about dreams deferred. For Eddy Alvarez, 2020 was about a dream attained that was once deferred.

The 2014 U.S. Olympic speed skater and silver medalist defied the odds and made his Major League Baseball debut for his hometown Miami Marlins.

“That was my true victory,” said Alvarez, who earned a medal in the 5000-meter relay. Baseball has been something that’s always been in my blood. It was just something I was bound to do no matter what. I was going to play baseball.”

The 30-year-old rookie made national headlines…

Use this tracker to skate your way to a 5K.

There are many ways to stay active on and off the ice, and there’s no better way to stay active than setting and achieving goals.

Challenge yourself to skate your way to a 5K using the Learn to Skate USA Frozen 5K tracker. Thirty-four laps around a standard NHL ice rink is 5,000 meters — a 5K!

Download the tracker and chart your progress by coloring in the loop. Don’t forget to share your completed tracker on social media using #LearnToSkateUSA and #Frozen5K!

Click here to download the PDF version.

Track Your Progress in the Learn to Skate USA App

As a member of Learn to Skate USA, you have…

No ice time at your local rink? No problem! While rinks were closed this winter, families across the country still found creative ways to hit the ice.

From dads building backyard rinks to give their kids some stick time to simply freezing some water to stay active in the winter, check out some of these top stories from across the nation:

“Iowa Dad Builds Backyard Ice Rink”

A Janesville, Iowa, father, Weylon Heiser, wanted to give his sons more time to practice skills on their own. …

Maame Biney finds her passion in speed skating.

From the Fall 2020 edition of Learn to Skate USA The Magazine

By Kama Stigall

Prior to competing at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Maame Biney was relatively unknown. The teenager burst onto the international speed skating scene by earning the bronze medal in the 500-meters at the 2017 World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships.

After winning the 500-meters competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials a few months later, Biney became the first African American to make the U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Team.

Learn to skate classes opened the opportunity for Olympian Maame Biney to go after her dreams.

Had she not participated in a Learn to Skate USA group class…

By Elizabeth Misson

If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, it’s that sometimes despite our best-laid plans, things can happen that are out of our control.

Skaters around the world have been forced to put their goals on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic — from the beginner who was hoping to sign up for Learn to Skate USA lessons for the first time right before their local rink closed, to the elite level athletes who never had the chance to vie for a 2020 World Championship title.

With our lives and daily routines turned upside down, many…

Centennial Celebration coincides with National Skating Month’s 20th year

This year, skating will celebrate a number of milestone events. June 30, 2021, marks Learn to Skate USA’s 5th birthday. This January will be the 20th annual celebration of National Skating Month, which coincides with the beginning of U.S. Figure Skating’s 100-year anniversary festivities.

U.S. Figure Skating has a variety of engagement opportunities with members and fans to honor its past and celebrate what lies ahead, beginning with the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships. For National Skating Month, the U.S. Figure Skating membership team is offering programs a deluxe kit option, which includes more items and special turnkey resources.

Skaters at the Ice Den Scottsdale celebrate 2018 National Skating Month with props.

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