Average Height of Male and Female Skaters
I used to think all figure skaters were small. INCLUDING men.
Lysacek's height. Is it normal? Seems most men are around 5'8-5'10''
Women around 5'3" (I always thought Rochette was taller than 5'2. She seems much taller).
Height doesn't make too much of a difference does it? Presence on the ice? Spins?
Reason I thought men were shorter was because I know Hamilton is like 5'4. Figured that was the norm since I don't watch men's really that carefully.
Last edited by MrBerkeley; 08-29-2010 at 12:39 AM.
Actually, height does make a difference. Taller skaters tend to have more trouble jumping--centre of gravity's different, plus there's more weight to heave up into the air. Lysacek is considered tall for a singles skater, and I've even heard some people attribute his jumping problems to his height. But then again, Ilia Kulik is quite tall (though not as tall as Lysacek) but he has some of the most beautiful jumps I've ever seen.
Originally Posted by MrBerkeley
Male pairs skaters tend to be taller, though--they need sufficient height and weight to lift and throw their female partners, who on average tend to be the smallest skaters across all disciplines (hence the 'gorilla and the flea' expression when it comes to pairs). Ice dancers (both male and female) also tend to be taller as well, as jumping isn't involved in their discipline.
Lysacek, like Boitano, is tall for a singles skater. Most seem to range in the 5'6 - 5'8 range
Ladies are lucky to be an inch or two over five foot.
Scott Hamilton isn't even five four, neither is Paul Wylie. They are dinky even by mens figure skaters standards.
expand your horizon and watch the other disiplines, you'll be presently surprised.