When we talk about skating, usually the first thing that pops into your head is figure skating. What’s interesting is that, in truth, there are several world-class competitions and disciplines that the average person overlooks.
One of the reasons for that is that it is hard to find a skating competition to bet on. People open their apps and websites like sportsbook-duel.com in search for a good wager and come out empty because not many bookies like to take in bets concerning ice skating. Well, their loss. We are going to talk about different types of skating and their most famous world championships.
Figure Skating World-Class Competitions
Figure skating is actually the first winter sport that was introduced to the Olympic Games. People can compete individually or in pairs. Additionally, there is one more discipline for couples – ice dancing. The competitions it is famous for are the Olympics and the World Championship, as well as the World Junior Championship. Non-Olympic disciplines include synchronized skating, four skating, adagio, and acrobatic skating.
The last Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, at the time of writing, started in November of 2018 in Yokohama, Japan. Ice cross downhill is an extreme sport where people race on the track with sharp turns and unexpected drops. Men have competed in this sport on a global scale for about 9 years, soon followed by women and, recently, by children. It is fast, scary, and non-stop action awaits the enthusiastic fans.
Speed Skating at the Olympics
This is another racing discipline. Normally, there are three types of speed skating: long track, short track, and marathon. Up until recently, the only speed skating competition followed around the globe was long track – it was even synonymous with speed skating. However, short track was also introduced to the Olympics in 1992.
Skating without Competitions
There are two kinds of ice skating that, unfortunately, don’t have world championships. The first one is tour skating, where people slowly travel long distances on natural ice. The reason why people are not competing in this sport is that it is recreational and not competitive.
The second one is a form of speed skating called barrel jumping. The title is pretty much self-explanatory. It is a sport where competitors jump over a series of barrels. While televised, it is still not considered relevant enough to earn a world-class competition.
Ice skating is a set of sports and disciplines that is often unjustly overlooked. There aren’t many competitions followed globally, which is a shame when you consider the amount of speed, strength, dexterity, and precision the sport requires. Perhaps the skating disciplines will get better coverage in the future.