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Jackson Haines
Jackson Haines, the father of figure skating

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"International Style" Figure Skating Championship
March 20, 1914

Jackson Haines, the father of figure skating, originated the type of figure skating you see on TV today. In the 1860s he brought ballet style and techniques to the sport. Although he won the U.S. men's championship, his expressive style did not yet catch on in the U.S.

Haines went to Europe in 1865 and became a popular success but died before his style of skating caught on. Called the "International Style," Haines's form of skating eventually overcame resistance in the U.S., and on March 20, 1914, the first national figure skating championships in the "International Style" were held at New Haven, Connecticut. Have you developed your own personal style of skating? Would a pair of reindeer rib bones help?

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