Ice Skating vs. Roller Skating
A comparison of two favorite sports.
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Imagine it is Saturday afternoon. It’s too hot to play outside, and you’re tired of sitting around in the house. Let’s say that you have an itch to go skating. The problem is, you can’t decide whether to go roller skating or ice skating! Both unique sports are great for a hot Saturday. To help with your decision, let’s review the pluses and minuses for both types of entertainment…..
There are many ways to skate, and this goes for both sports. In roller skating, you could do speed skating, inline skating, or obstacle course skating. Or you could, of course, just skate for fun. In ice skating, you have many options including hockey, ice dancing, figure skating, and speed skating, as well as just skating to have a good time.
Roller skating and ice skating are also similar in styles of boots. The ice skating boot is made from leather and has a metal blade. Figure skating boots are usually white or black. Figure skates also have a toe pick on the end- this is a pointed pick that allows skaters to get a good grip on the ice. This is helpful in jumping. Hockey skates don’t have a toe pick and are usually black and red. Roller skating boots are also leather, but instead of a blade they have four to six wheels. Roller skates come in a wide variety of colors. Most people find walking in roller skates harder then walking in ice skates.
Another thing to consider is the rink. (“Rink” is a common term for the building in which skating takes place.) Ice skating rinks are very cold, so you’d have to wear winter clothes. Many people find this bothersome. On the other hand, roller skating rinks are warm because they don’t have any ice to keep frozen. This could be a good reason to go roller skating instead of ice skating.
Also to roller skating’s advantage, it can be difficult to stop while ice skating. In roller skating, however, stopping is not too hard. Furthermore, roller skating requires little skill, unlike ice skating, which calls for much practice and good ankles.
All in all, both variations of skating have their advantages. Your decision for Saturday’s entertainment really comes down to preference. Both ice skating and roller skating are enjoyable sports that, when compared, are similar and different in many ways.
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