For Japan’s Mai Asada, figure skating wasn’t her first artistic endeavor. It was ballet, a natural beginning for someone whose name means...
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American show skater Bruce Mapes (August 16, 1901–February 18, 1961) is credited for inventing the toe loop—known as a “Mapes” in artistic roller skating—in 1920. He is shown below with wife and partner, Evelyn Chandler.