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Figure Skating

This page draws together figure skating-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics figure skating.  View Figure Skating Fact Sheet

Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, pairs, or groups perform spins, jumps, footwork and other intricate and challenging moves on ice skates. Figure skaters compete at various levels from beginner up to the Olympic level (senior), and at local, national, and international competitions.


Figure Skating Stories and News


February 19, 2015 | North America: Canada

my figure skating experience

By shianne mcdonad

YES I DO

I love skating for all the right reasons. I love being a girl who loves skating and can't wait to show everybody in the world what a dreamer like me can be growing up in life. By showing my skating skills, I show what it means to be athletic.View Story I love skating for all the right reasons. I love being a girl who loves skating and can't wait to show everybody in the world what a dreamer like me can be growing up in life. By showing my skating skills, I show what it means to be athletic.

About shianne mcdonad:I compete in competitions and and love skating and I love to win the world nationals AND CANTWAIT SHOW MY SKATING TO THE WORLD TO WIN TROPHY TO BRING HOME TO MY TEAM GRANDFALLS WINSOIR EAGLES .
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February 13, 2015 | North America: Michigan

Unified Figure Skating Makes State Winter Games Debut

By Jaclyn Heikkinen

Unified Figure Skating partners Rachel Czapp and Michael Balon

The Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games debuted its first-ever Unified winter sport at this year's Games as Unified Figure Skating took the spotlight at Traverse City's Howe Arena.View Story The Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games debuted its first-ever Unified winter sport at this year's Games as Unified Figure Skating took the spotlight at Traverse City's Howe Arena. The Unified partners were just as excited as the athletes to be a part of the Winter Games. "We've watched them work so hard for so many months, we've become a part of it." said Unified partner Amanda Simmons, 17, from Bloomfield. "Their success is our success." This year, four pairs of Unified partners performed at the Winter Games. The pairs only practiced together for a few months before performing their routines together at the Games. After competing Michael said "I was thinking, what if I don't do it? But I just have people that give me confidence." The Unified partners get a chance to see the athletes grow and learn from practice up until they perform. "A lot of the time they come here and it just clicks in the moment." said Rachel.

About Jaclyn Heikkinen:Jaclyn Heikkinen is a Public Relations and Marking Intern at Special Olympics Michigan.
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February 13, 2015 | North America: North Carolina

Unified Sports Pair Shines on Ice

By Tappie Dellinger

Unified Sports Skating Pair Ashley Tanner and Cassidy Smith performing at the Smuckers' Skating Spectacular

At the end of January, a Special Olympics North Carolina Unified Sports ice skating pair from Mecklenburg County got the once –in –a-lifetime honor to perform in the 2015 Smuckers’ Skating Spectacular in Greensboro.View Story At the end of January, a Special Olympics North Carolina Unified Sports ice skating pair from Mecklenburg County got the once –in –a-lifetime honor to perform in the 2015 Smuckers’ Skating Spectacular in Greensboro along with many of the champions and medalists from the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Special Olympics Mecklenburg County athlete Ashley Tanner, 18, has been partnered with Cassidy Smith, 19, for less than a year as a Unified sports pair. The pair train under Coach Tappie Dellinger at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC. The Unified Sports pair skated to a medley of Michael Jackson’s hit songs. Tanner attends Butler High School in Matthews and Smith is a freshman at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. They both entered this event nervous but excited.

About Tappie Dellinger:Tappie Dellinger - I am the Coach of this Unified Sports pair and am so blessed they are in my life! They are a true inspiration!
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Figure Skating Events


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Location

Feb 28 - Mar 1 2015

Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games

You are invited to join us on February 28th through March 1st to cheer on our athletes and witness great displays of sportsmanship, teamwork and personal achievements in sports. Athletes will be competing in following sports at the following venues: Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding at Ski Sundown, New Hartford; Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing at Connecticut Light & Power, Simsbury; Figure Skating, Speed Skating at the International Skating Center of Connecticut, Simsbury; and Unified Sports® & Traditional Floor Hockey, Skills at the Pratt & Whitney Hangar, East Hartford. Winter Games competitions will kick-off with opening ceremonies at each venue that include the ceremonial lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, announcement of athletes, brief remarks, and the declaration of Special Olympics’ Athlete Oath. Events conclude with the presentation of awards. This event is open to public to attend at now cost. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:specialolympicsct@soct.org
Phone:203-230-1201
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Various Venues
Various Cities, Connecticut
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Figure Skating Competitions

World Winter Games 2013

The 2013 Games featured world-class competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speedskating, among other sports in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. See results by delegation, athlete and bib number.


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