Am I Too Old to Begin Figure Skating?

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When is it too late to begin figure skating? If a skater begins skating as a teen or after he or she is eighteen years old, is it too late to become a serious competitive figure skater? Is it possible to learn double and triple jumps as a young adult?

There is never an age that it is too late to begin figure skating, but to be able to learn to land double and triple jumps does take time. It may be too late to master those difficult jumps if a skater begins skating in puberty or later.

The skaters that become top competitors most likely did begin to figure skate when they were little children. Those who decide to pursue competitive skating have taken years to pass United States Figure Skating tests and also have taken considerable time to learn jumps. Passing tests and mastering jumps takes time.

Children seem to have the athletic ability to eventually do these jumps and as we grow older, that ability changes. It is much easier to learn axels and double and triple jumps when you are young. Sadly, starting figure skating too late in life can affect an individual's goals in the sport.

If you are no longer a child, don't not skate just because of your age, but realize that if you have a dream of competing in the Olympics or in top national competition, that that is an unrealistic goal. Instead, pursue a realistic option.

There are many options available to adults and teen figure skaters.

There are adult competitions and even adult figure skating tests. Some adults skate recreationally and never compete. Others decide to do ice dancing. There are adults that compete in pair skating.

Skating is a lifetime sport. Don't let your age discourage you from enjoying it.

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