Ice skates have been around for a very long time. An old pair of ice skates was found at the bottom of a lake in northern Europe and scientists estimate the skates may have been worn about 3000 B.C.
The skates were made from the leg bones of large animals. Holes were drilled on each end of the bone, and skaters used leather straps as laces to tie the skates onto their feet.
In the 14th century, the Dutch invented wooden platform skates with iron runners on the bottom. Similar to skiing, skaters would also use poles to push themselves weight over the ice.
In the next century, the Dutch added a double-edged blade to the bottom of ice skates and that meant the poles were no longer necessary. Skaters could propel themselves by pushing and gliding with their feet.
Until the 17th century, ice skating was mainlly used as transportation. Sometime in the 17th century, however, King Charles II saw ice skating in Holland and decided to introduce it to England.
Historians believe that the British used the blades of their skates to make tracings and drawings on the ice. In 1763, England became the site of the first official ice skating competition and there skaters raced across 15 miles of frozen canals.
Credit was given to an American, Jackson Haines, for making figuring skating what it is today. Haines developed a special skating blade in the year 1865. With this new blade, he was able to accomplish new skating moves such as jumps and spins. A few years later, Haines added the toe pick to his skates, which allowed skaters to master all sorts of new leaps and jumps.
And the rest is history!