Answer: People of all ages participate in figure skating, but the majority of figure skaters are children and teens. The skaters that become top competitors most likely did begin to figure skate when they were very young.
Adults have always ice skated, but in recent years, the popularity of adult figure skating has increased. 400 to 600 adult skaters enter the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships each year. That annual event began in 1995. 2008 was the 14th annual U.S. Adult Championships and 2008 was the 10th anniversary of the ISU World Adult figure skating competition in Obertsdorf, Germany.
Only twenty-one percent of the US Figure Skating's regular membership are adults. That figure shows that figure skating's registered numbers indicate that figure skating is a youth sport, but that figure should not discourage adults from participating in what really is a lifetime sport and a sport for all ages.
Most Learn-to-Skate classes require advance registration. Visit or call your local ice rink to inquire about their registration procedures.
Before the first day of your skating class, decide what to wear.
Sweatpants, a jacket or sweater, ordinary socks, and gloves are the only clothing required.
Arrive at the rink at least thirty minutes before your scheduled group lesson time.
It takes time to get ready for figure skating. You must allow time to put on your skates, your gloves, use the restroom, and find your instructor. Don't arrive at the rink at the last minute, or you'll miss part of your skating class.
After you have checked in at the rink's front desk, go to the skate rental counter and get a pair of figure skates.
Make sure your skates fit properly and that you have tied your skates correctly. Don't be afraid to ask someone who works at the rink for help with this.
Once you are ready, go near the ice rink's entry door and meet your instructor.
You may find you need some assistance walking to the ice!
Once you have learned the basic skills, you can continue in group lessons and supplement group lessons with private figure skating instruction.
Your instructor will teach you the figure skating basic skills. To advance and improve in figure skating, you should now consider private lessons and choose a private lesson coach.
Practice, practice, practice!
The only way to improve at figure skating is to practice. Supplement every lesson with at least one hour of practice. Remember, the more time you spend on the ice the better skater you will become.