|Date:||February 11th, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)|| |
As a kid in the Midwest I did some casual outdoor ice skating and hockey playing on frozen ponds every winter. It turned me into a Winter Olympics fan. I preferred hockey skates over figure skates. Hockey skates had thinner blades that enabled me to go faster.
The televised Winter Olympics were my first exposure to racing skates, with blades that are much longer and I believe thinner than hockey skates. The racing blades extend far beyond the toe and heel of the skater and are the fastest skates available. I always wanted to buy some racing skates but never got around to it. The very long blades can be difficult to adapt to for casual skaters and at first the blades tend to tangle eachother. It would be dangerous and impractical to use them for hockey.
I never saw racing skates for sale in the department stores where I purchased my moderately priced hockey skates. One would probably have had to buy racers in a pricier sporting goods store. Maybe I'll try a set of racers one of these days before I become too ancient to stumble around on the ice LOL.