A study by Federico Formenti of the University of Oxford suggests that the earliest ice skating happened in southern Finland about 4000 years ago."The first humans traveling on ice: an energy-saving strategy?". Originally, skates were merely sharpened, flattened bone strapped to the bottom of the foot. Skaters did not actually skate on the ice, but rather glided on top of it. True skating emerged when a steel blade with sharpened edges was used. Skates now cut into the ice instead of gliding on top of it. Adding edges to ice skates was invented by the Dutch in the 13th or 14th century. These ice skates were made of steel, with sharpened edges on the bottom to aid movement. The construction of modern ice skates has stayed largely the same since then.
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It was on this day in 2009 that the finals for the 123rd Wimbledon Championship took place in London, England. Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 to capture his sixth Wimbledon title.
Roger Federer would establish four significant records at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. Federer reached his 21st consecutive Grand Slam semi-final and seventh straight Wimbledon final, which were both new records. By reaching the finals, he also made it to more Grand Slam final matches than any man in history. Finally, Roger Federer surpassed Pete Sampras by winning his 15th Grand Slam title, thus cementing himself as one of the greatest tennis players of all-time.
Roger Federer could make history once again at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, as he looks to tie Sampras by earning his seventh title at the All England Club. But in order to do so, he’ll have to get past No.1 ranked Novak Djokovic in a highly anticipated semi-final match on Friday.
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Where Rick Nash will end up is still a big mystery.
Lyle Richardson 2012-06-21 11:37:00
The Ottawa Senators made headlines Tuesday by re-signing defenseman Erik Karlsson to a seven-year, $45.5 million contract extension, but that may not be the only significant move they have in the works.
Don Brennan of The Ottawa Sun cited multiple solid sources claiming Senators GM Bryan Murray contacted the Columbus Blue Jackets regarding right winger Rick Nash.
One of Brennan’s sources said the Senators made a package offer of goaltender Ben Bishop, left winger Nick Foligno and 2011 first round pick Mika Zibanejad for Nash.
Neither club responded to the report, but it’s unlikely the Senators could pry Nash away with that offer. The other teams believed pursuing Nash (New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes, San Jose Sharks) have more depth in talent to draw upon for their pitches.
If the Senators were interested in Nash, it would mark a significant change of mindset by their front office, which spent the past year eschewing the pursuit of high-salaried talent in favor of rebuilding from within, as well as with affordable acquisitions.
PENGUINS KEEPING STAAL?
Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal has been the subject of increasing trade speculation in recent weeks, but according to Penguins GM Ray Shero, he’s not on the market.
Though Staal is eligible for UFA status in 2013, Shero insists he doesn’t want to move the 23-year-old, remaining hopeful of re-signing him to a long-term extension.
Shero acknowledged he’s received interest from other clubs, but he says he isn’t listening to offers.
Media consensus suggests Staal would chafe at remaining the Penguins third-line center and would prefer more responsibility, either in Pittsburgh or with another club.
It’s also believed the Penguins can’t afford to retain Staal, Sidney Crosby (also eligible for UFA status next summer) and Evgeni Malkin (eligible in 2014), given their current cap structure. Regardless, Shero isn’t in any hurry to trade Staal and appears sincere about his intentions to re-sign him.
MAPLE LEAFS CREASE CONUNDRUM
The Minnesota Wild’s re-signing of Josh Harding to a three-year extension robbed the Toronto Maple Leafs of a free agent option to address their goaltending woes.
The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail suggested if Leafs GM Brian Burke wants to improve his goaltending, Vancouver Canucks starter Roberto Luongo is the only logical choice.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis claimed lots of teams have expressed interest, but it doesn’t appear as though he’s received any firm offer, nor is he in any hurry to move the veteran netminder.
The free agent market for quality goalies was thin before Harding’s re-signing and what’s left is mainly backup material, not proven starters in their prime.
Burke could try to sign away Cory Schneider from Vancouver with an offer sheet, but he’s not a fan of that tactic and Gillis would match any offer.
As for trade options, the Los Angeles Kings don’t seem to be in a hurry to trade backup Jonathan Bernier and he won’t address the Leafs need for a proven starter.
Forget about making a play for Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom now that Harding’s under contract. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher prefers to keep that tandem intact.
The Winnipeg Jets appear far apart with RFA goalie Ondrej Pavelec (they’re believed to be offering $3 million per season, while he’s reportedly seeking $4 million), giving rise to speculation he could be shopped.
If the Jets were to move Pavelec, however, they’d need a suitable replacement, which the Leafs lack.
Philadelphia Flyers backup Sergei Bobrovsky might be available, but, again, he’s yet to prove himself as a starting goalie.
It’s been suggested Burke contact St. Louis about either Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliott, but the Blues are likely unwilling to break up that successful tandem.
Unless Burke has a surprising move planned, he it looks like his only options are to either acquire Luongo or return with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens and hope for the best.
DUCKS TO LOSE SCHULTZ?
It appears Anaheim Ducks prospect defenseman Justin Schultz will become an unrestricted free agent by July 1.
Ducks GM Bob Murray recently said there was nothing new regarding his stalemate with Schultz, who intends to leave the University of Wisconsin to take advantage of a loophole in the CBA allowing him to become a UFA.
Murray claims he and his staff were led to believe the 21-year-old Schultz, a second round pick in 2008, would sign with the Ducks and the team is perplexed over Schultz’s recent decision. They have until June 24 to sign him, but it looks as though he prefers free agency over joining the Ducks.
The prospect of a promising young blueliner available in the UFA market will surely attract the attention of several teams. It’s believed the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs are interested, though their respective GMs cannot comment for fear of violating the league’s tampering rules.
Rumor Roundup appears Monday-Friday only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News, Kukla’s Korner and The Guardian, Charlottetown.
If you’ve already spent much of the late fall and early winter on the couch because of the chilly weather, it’s time to get out and get moving. There are many excellent winter sports to participate in, bringing not only good health benefits but a lot of fun into day to day doldrums, and ice skating is one of those outstanding activities.
Rockefeller Ice Rink Wikimedia Commons
Ice skating is one of the best aerobic activities there is, and the best part is, you’ll be having so much fun out of the rink you won’t notice how hard your body is working until you’re done. Plus you’ll get all the great cardio benefits without the pounding that other physical activities like running will take on your body.
To reap the maximum cardiovascular benefits, keep moving, and don’t just glide over the ice. Interspersing between coasting and speed skating, is a great way to boost your endurance and increase the calorie burn.
Speaking of endurance, you’ll also increase endurance through ice skating. The best way to do this is to participate on a routinely basis, increasing your speed and distance a little each time you get out on the ice.
Of course your legs will get a great workout when you ice skate, and especially the hamstrings and quadriceps. You’ll also build up your abdominal and lower back muscles while keeping your balance on the ice.
Ice skating is a great calorie burner, and depending on your current body weight and effort on the ice, skaters can be as many as 760 calories an hour.
As you glide across the ice, your cares literally melt away as you focus on the exercise instead of your worries. If you skate outdoors, you’ll likely enjoy some beautiful scenery (naturally found in many ice skating locations) as well as having the ability to enjoy life as a kid again.
With ice blanketing half of the state for several months a year, the stage is perpetually set for skilled prospects to develop and play at the most prestigious state university. The Wolverines boast nine national championships and head coach Red Berenson, with 22 years of experience, has almost 600 wins during his tenure and has produced some of the best pro-hockey talent on the planet.
Honors list: Aaron Ward, Marty Turco
Class of 2008: Forward Brandon Naurato has a sweet lefty scoring stroke and with a little bulk could dominate NHL first lines.
College hockey has gained considerable momentum in recent NHL drafts, and these 10 schools have contributed to that momentum and have showed that hockey at the NCAA level is as valid and productive as any leaguethere is. Each of these teams has a tradition that is sure to produce even more NHL talent down the road.
No socks. If you’re a competitive skater you should not be wearing socks in your skates. Socks can lead to blisters, which are no fun. What’s worse than socks? Bare feet. Bare feet lead to blisters and smelly skates. Skates should fit as snug to your foot as possible leaving little room for your foot to slide around. I recommend trouser socks; they are form- fitting and thick enough to wear multiple times without getting numerous holes. You can even get moisture wicking trouser socks.
Untie your skate all the way. (See photo above.) I have seen many people untie the first couple holes only. Make sure the laces are loose enough to easily slip your foot inside the boot. Start tightening the laces at the toe and work your way up the boot. Tie the skates tight, but not so tight they cut off your circulation. I always tie my skates as tight as I can pull and never have an issue with numb feet, and I always have enough bending room. New skates are a different story. You might want to only lace the top three hooks on new skates so you have room to bend.
No skate lace tighteners. Does anyone like these things? They seem like more of a hassle. You can tie your skates faster and tighter by using your fingers.
Cris-cross the laces and wrap them around the fourth hook, the one closest to the lace holes. (See photo above.) I prefer wrapping them over the hook rather than under it, but you can go under to over, too.
Wrap the laces. (See photo above.) On the third hook, when you cross your laces, wrap them around each other a couple of times to keep them from slipping. Do this on the first hook as well.
Bunny ears. (See photo above) On the first hook, tie a bow. Take the bow’s right “bunny ear” and hook it around the first hook again and tighten it; do the same with the left “bunny ear.” Your skates should not slip.
Never wrap extra laces around your ankle or boot. If your laces are long enough to do this, they are too long. Buy a shorter pair. Skates should bend at the ankle; if you wrap laces around the top part of the boot it will prevent this.
Lace materials. If your laces still slip and you’re using 100% cotton blends, try a nylon/cotton blend. I personally prefer them and think they slip less. But I have others tell me that the cotton ones slip less. It just depends on what you like.
Don’t be afraid to fall! It happens to every skater. Simply tuck in your hands – it’ll keep other skaters from running over your fingers – and get right back up again.
Try it again. If you attempt a move and hit the ground instead, attempt it again immediately – otherwise, your fear might get the better of you.
Learn to stop. This is one of the most important ice skating tips for beginners. Many skaters start out learning maneuvers first, then learning to stop later. Avoid crashing into the wall by learning a simple snowplow stop early on.
March before you glide. Ice marching can be a good precursor to skating because it helps beginning skaters gain balance and familiarity with the ice.