I hope this doesn't sound like the dumbest question ever...but it's been on my mind for years and I never asked, and it is the off season, so (holds breath) here goes:
are all competition ice surfaces the same size...i.e. nationals, GPs, Worlds, and Olympics...is there a standard surface size?
Related to that, some posters here and on FSU have mentioned how some rinks are small...does that mean the ice surface, and IF so, how do skaters adjust their patterns/layout to the larger competition ice (presuming it is larger)?
Is show ice (like SOI and COI) smaller than competition...it looks that way on tv...is that due to the curtains/props or is it the ice size too?
Finally, how does figure skating ice compare to hockey....(ok, no, i've never seen any live competitions, just my local ice show, and haven't been to a hockey game since i was a kid...oh so long ago). Thanks