The beginnings of ice skating…

Okay, one more post tonight (I’m really bored).  I stumbled across a fascinating article (h/t Pigspittle, Ohio) about the oldest human-powered means of transport: ice skates made of bone.  Apparently ice skating may have started in about 3000 BC in Southern Finland, which has a high density of lakes (and mosquitos, as I can personally attest).

I find this especially interesting because I’m an avid figure skater.  (I’m also getting the girlfriend involved.)  The early skating was apparently not for fun, though, but to minimize energy expenditure in travel.   The results were published in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society of London.

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2 Responses to The beginnings of ice skating…

  1. babs67 says:

    I’m glad technology has improved to the point that you were able to get me figure skates with metal blades instead of bones. Although I’m sure the sentiment would have been the same in either case. Love you.

  2. babs67: I don’t know… maybe it doesn’t make sense, but it seems that bone skates should somehow negate the ‘weak ankles’ argument that people use to avoid skating!


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