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01-02-2011, 04:32 PM
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Figure skating is a different animal from ice hockey skating, but there are some skills that cross over. I'd imagine that figure skating teaches you how to be light on your feet, and it also seems to emphasize flawless crossover technique and quick transitions.What it doesn't really prepare you for is quick stops and starts, tight turns, transitions with strength and balance (important for puck protection) and the likes.

The only thing a figure skating class would do is to help reinforce the fundamentals of skating, and even then there's going to be a notable difference between how your foot feel and how your skate reacts in figure skates and in hockey skates.You'd benefit a lot more from powerskating lessons than figure skating lessons at this stage.

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