Ice-skating consisting of one or more planned sequences of required and optional spins, jumps, and dancelike maneuvers, originally consisting of a program in which the skater traced prescribed, usually elaborate figures.
figure skate v.
figure skater n.
(click for a larger image)figure skating
Vanessa James (foreground) and Yannick Bonheur (background) of France at the 2009 ISU World Team Trophy figure skating team competition
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