After Michael Christian Martinez swizzled his way to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, making a breakthrough for the Philippines- sprang the hype of every Juan on Figure Ice Skating. Now, the few ice skating rinks in the country are expected to swell with the aspiring ones and the curious many. Not only the number of skaters are expected to multiply but also skating rinks are reported to mushroom in this tropical country in the very near future . Mobile rinks are already in Clark and Pampanga, and soon a big one in Cebu.
But before we go euphoric on
Figure Ice Skating
and indulge ourselves on how to camel spin , cherry flip, or cheer for Michael Christian Martinez in the Olympics, let’s turn the pages of Guinness World Records for the history makers and records to beat on
Figure Ice Skating
Most no. of medals won by a man for Figure Ice Skating
Gillis Grafstrom (Sweden) – 3 medals , consecutively from 1920-1928.
Most no. of medals won by a woman for Figure Ice Skating
Sonja Henie (Norway) – 3 medals, consecutively from 1928-1936.
Highest total score for a man for Figure Ice Skating
Patrick Chan (Canada) – set the records just last November at the Paris’ Trophée Bompard with the score 295.27
Highest total score for a woman for Figure Ice Skating
Kim Yuna (Korea) – for her total combined scores in the 2010 World Olympics held in Vancouver, where she won Gold medal.
Highest total score for a pairs team for Figure Ice Skating
Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Tranko (Russia) – with a total of 237.71. set at the 2013 Skate America competition
Youngest Figure skating World Champion for Figure Ice Skating
Tara Lipinski (USA) -World champion at the age of 14 at 1997 World Figure Skating Championship and Olympic gold medalist at the age of 15 at 1998Winter Olympics held at Nagano, Japan.
Longest axel jump and Longest back flip on Figure skates
Robin Cousins (UK)- in 1980, reaching 5.81 m (19 ft 1 in) and 5.48 m (18 ft), respectively.
Most continuous upright spins on ice skates
Lucinda Ruh (Switzerland) – record was set last April 3,2003 at Chelsea Piers Sky Rink in New York City for 115 rotations on one foot.
Watch this video and do your counting (if you can)
Fastest spin on ice skates
Natalia Kanounnikova (Russia) – maximum rotational velocity of 308 rotations per minute at Rockefeller Center Ice Rink in New York City on March 27,2006.
This is how fast her moves were.
Most triple axels performed in one competition by a female
Mao Asada (Japan)- reigning Olympic silver medalist, who made 3 triple axels during her stint in 2010 Worlds FS (US)
Evidently, Figure Ice Skating is dominated by snow stricken countries , like Russia who has the largest ice skating rink in Nizhniy Novgorod. In Asia, Korea and Japan are passing the titles between themselves.
So who knows, Philippines may also land a record in the prominent Guinness World Records list..
The 1st Figure Ice Skating World Champion from a Tropical Country. What say you?