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    Question How old is too old?

    So...

    I'm a beginner when it comes to skating. I haven't signed up for any classes yet, but I figured I should learn some skating terminology before I start. I'm gonna ask some questions.

    *How old is too old to start skating?
    *How old is too old to become serious about skating?
    *I'm EXTREMELY flexible, will that help me?

    Thanks!
    Emmi

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    I think it'd be better to ask questions here:http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/for...Coaches-Corner

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    It's never too old to start skating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmi View Post
    So...

    I'm a beginner when it comes to skating. I haven't signed up for any classes yet, but I figured I should learn some skating terminology before I start. I'm gonna ask some questions.

    *How old is too old to start skating?
    *How old is too old to become serious about skating?
    *I'm EXTREMELY flexible, will that help me?

    Thanks!
    Emmi
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    Well, becoming serious is another thing And, the flexibility might help you, but it isn't such an important factor at the beginning...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmi View Post
    *How old is too old to start skating?
    Never. I started in my early twenties.

    Quote Originally Posted by Emmi View Post
    *How old is too old to become serious about skating?
    If by "serious" you mean Olympics/Worlds/internationals, then I think Johnny Weir holds the record of the oldest to start and go on, at 12. And he was a superfreak talent (that he's sadly wasted). The usual age is anywhere between three and nine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Emmi View Post
    *I'm EXTREMELY flexible, will that help me?
    Only for spirals and a couple of spins and even then that's more about leg strength than flexibility. And spirals are a LONG way in your future if you're just a beginner. Those spins that need it? Years away, possibly. Flexibility is NOT a necessity in figure skating in spite of what some will try and tell you.

    Thanks!
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    Welcome to Golden Skate, Emmi!

    Post long & often, and have fun skating!

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    You are never too old to start, you are never too old to take it seriously (at any level), and flexibility can be helpful for some things (ina bauers, spread eagles, some harder spins), but it is definitely not a requirement.. and not being flexible won't really hold you back from being able to do most things, the only thing that truly will hold you back not getting enough practice time in, which is something that most adults struggle with (most just don't/can't skate as much as the kids do, which really slows their progress).

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    Pretty much what others have said. You can start skating at any age (my mom started at 55!) and you can be serious about it at any age. You can also compete, and potentially win competitions, at any age, but if what you mean is when do you have to start to make it to the Olympics, 3-8 is the 'normal' range. 11 or 12 would be extremely late.

    As for flexibility, at least at the beginning, it is not much help. Core strength is way more important. However, flexibility will enable you to do cool 'tricks' further on up the road.

    Good luck!

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    I met a gentleman at competition this last weekend who started at 70 and is now 83, so it's never too old to start. Flexibility can help and hurt depending on what you are working on, but to start, not so much.

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    It's never too old.

    "Never give up. Never lose hope. Never say die."

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    A lot of people are saying it's never too old to start skating. I honestly think that if you're extremely old and skating is putting your health at risk, then don't try. Of course, anyone can go to the rink and just have a skate around, even those with fragile bone structures, but if you're thinking of starting ice skating seriously and you know it could seriously damage you, my advice is take it easy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmi View Post
    So...

    I'm a beginner when it comes to skating. I haven't signed up for any classes yet, but I figured I should learn some skating terminology before I start. I'm gonna ask some questions.

    *How old is too old to start skating?

    Thanks!
    Emmi
    Never. It's a sport for all

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