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.

Learn to Skate USA turned 5 years old on June 1, and we are celebrating all summer long! Join us for a special virtual 5K event — keep reading to find out how you can take part.

Open to skaters and non-skaters alike, the Learn to Skate USA 5th Birthday Virtual 5K is a fun opportunity for individuals of all ages to participate in a fun virtual 5K race. Participants may complete the 5K in any manner they choose, and all finishers will receive an official Learn to Skate USA Virtual 5K medal recognizing their accomplishments!

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Join us in celebrating five years of skating to great! Here are 5 ways to join in on the fun.

On June 1, 2016, Learn to Skate USA launched with a mission to provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating. Today, we’re celebrating five years of sharing our mission with skaters across the country, and we want you to join in on the fun!

1. Run, Walk or Skate Your Way to the 5th Birthday Virtual 5K

Run, walk or skate your way to a 5K in honor of Learn to Skate USA’s 5th birthday. Upon completion, all registrants entered will receive a limited-edition race medal. …

Competitions are one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences for skaters. At these events, skaters will learn sportsmanship, camaraderie, confidence and so much more.

How can you teach those characteristics in Learn to Skate USA group classes, where skaters may not be ready for traveling for skating yet, or they’re just not financially feasible? Try engaging your skaters with an in-house competition!

In-house Learn to Skate USA competitions are events you can hold during regular group classes where skaters can reap the same benefits as normal competitions without the price tag or travel required.

In-house competitions don’t have to…

Many skaters take to the ice dreaming of becoming Olympic figure skaters, star hockey players or the fastest speed skaters. Lofty dreams can start early, so the topic of what type of skate to wear (figure, hockey, speed) can be a difficult subject with brand-new skaters.

New skaters should start with beginner skates that have a toe pick. They are typically more comfortable and easier to tie. Some even having Velcro straps to fasten the skate. Beginner skates also have a flatter, longer blade for better balance and a much smaller toe pick, if any. Unfortunately, most rinks only offer…

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…

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