Combining grace, speed and an astonishing levels of control, the skaters show breathtaking jumps that transition smoothly into dance elements. Like their peers on ice, the athletes first perform a number of compulsory figures and set sequences in the short program that is scored on technical merit. In the long program, their elaborate choreographies are accompanied by music of their choice and judged on artistic impression as well as technical merit.
Artistic skating demands a perfect balance between strength, precision and artistry.
Artistic Roller Skating features in The World Games 2013; check the event calendar for details about when it is scheduled.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
An 18th century roll-out ...
No one is really sure when roller skates were used for the first time. It is likely that early models were an adaptation of ice skates, used for transportation rather than recreation. The first recognized inventor of roller skates was a Belgian manufacturer named Joseph Merlin. He produced the first roller skates with metal wheels in 1760.
One, two or more ...
Skaters enter the artistic events as singles, pairs and entire teams in figure or dance skating. They are judged on content and manner of performance. This includes the skaters’ ability to perform identifiable, difficult content items – such as jumps, spins and footwork – while utilizing movement in an artistic interpretation of the accompanying music.
Arranging wheels differently ...
At the 2002 FIRS World Championships, inline artistic skating has been included for the first time, breaking with the traditional quad configuration of the wheels.