These Incredible Ice Skating Moves Are Banned At The Winter Olympics

You may have been amazed by a rebound, a backflip or a Detroiter at a professional ice skating exhibition, but you won’t see anyone doing them at the Winter Olympics. Vice takes a look at four figure skating moves that are banned in the Olympics because they could damage the ice, are hard to judge, or, you know, could kill someone. From Vice:

Backflips, when a skater somersaults across the ice, have been banned by the ice skating regulator since 1976, after American figure skater Terry Kubicka performed it at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Austria. Although the exact reason for the ban is unknown, speculation abounds.

Some think it is to simplify the judging process. There are also obvious safety risks, as figure skaters don’t wear any protective gear and landing incorrectly could result in a serious head injury. A bad landing could tear the surface of the ice and damage it, which would make the competition more difficult for the next skater.[…]

Drew Meekins, pair figure skater and figure skating coach for Team USA, said it was a “magical feeling” to be able to do the Detroiter. “It’s another person and you’re supporting it with one hand, you know, in that horizontal position. It’s amazing,” he told VICE.

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