One Less Secret: Why Do Figure Skaters Wear Tights Over Their Skates?

Date March 6, 2019 17:29

Figure skating is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sports out there, winning over millions of hearts with its grace. However, there are many secrets for the ordinary viewer of this spectacular sport.


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Take the back-stage drama and scandals, for instance!

Fans of this sport may have noticed that some skaters wear tights over their skates. For what purpose do they do it?


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First of all, it should be noted that these are not exactly tights, but rather leggings made of durable and elastic spandex.

And this hack, popular among figure skaters, achieves several goals at once:

1. With the help of leggings, athletes cover up old skates. Figure skaters try not to wear more than one pair of skates a season because breaking in new skates is always a challenge.

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2. In an interview for Yahoo! Sports, skater Courtney Hicks admitted that she wears leggings over the skates to make her legs seem longer and thus create the effect of more elegant lines.

3. Former figure skater Johnny Weir also shared that wearing leggings over the skates allows women to get them on and off quicker, which can be useful when there is little time to change.

4. Tights also offer additional protection against the laces coming undone.

Well, now there is one less secret about figure skating!


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