90-year-old Figure Skater Captures Hearts With Performance

GabrielePhotoPublished: January 24, 201792,035 views
Published: January 24, 2017

This lady is 90 years young and she still has an immense amount of spring in her step. She’s a pro ice skater and her moves will take your breath away! Her name is Yvonne and she has an elegant style of skating that combines her passion for classical music and dance. Her moves are smooth, effortless and beautiful and she has the ability to wow any crowd.

Yvonne Dowlen learned to skate when her parents took her to Evergreen as a little girl. She fell in love with the sport and followed her dream to ultimately become an international performer in the Ice Capades in the 1930s. Never officially retiring, she was a longtime figure skating teacher in Denver, and was still skating five times a week at the age of 90. A couple of Boulder-based filmmakers were fascinated by her story, and decided to follow her on her journey to become the world’s oldest competing ice skater in their 9-minute documentary “Edges.”

Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice. It was the first winter sport included in the Olympics, in 1908. The four Olympic disciplines are men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating and ice dancing. Non-Olympic disciplines include synchronized skating and four skating. From novice through senior-level competition, skaters generally perform two programs (short and long) which, depending on the discipline, may include spins, jumps, moves in the field, lifts, throw jumps, death spirals and other elements or moves.

The sport is also associated with show business. Major competitions generally conclude with exhibition galas, in which the top skaters from each discipline perform non-competitive programs. Many skaters, both during and after their competitive careers, also skate in ice shows which run during the competitive season and the off-season.

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