Figure Skating Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old figure skating quotes, figure skating sayings, and figure skating proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

I started to figure skate at the age of five, and the first thing my coach taught me was how to fall. I remember gazing up with a puzzled expression, thinking, Shouldn’t I be learning to skate? Looking back, I realize that my coach was very smart. She knew I was bound to fall many times throughout my career and that I needed to know how to handle it.      

Michelle Kwan

The hardest part of skating is the ice.     


Male figure skating is different than female figure skating; we're not America's sweetheart.     

Scott Hamilton

A figure skater is not just a figure skater who does great jumps. He is an artist on ice.     

Alexei Yagudin

Figure skating is theatrical. It's artistic. It's elegant. It's extremely athletic. And there's a very specific audience for that.     

Johnny Weir

Without strength and courage it's really hard to perform at the highest levels of international figure skating, because you're alone on the ice and you only have seven minutes over two nights to prove yourself.     

Scott Hamilton

It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.     

Franklin P. Jones

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Skating was the vessel into which I could pour my heart and soul.     

Peggy Fleming

There's always that first step in skating, from dry ground to slick ice, when it just seems impossible. Impossible that two thin blades of metal will support you, impossible that because its molecules have begun to dance a little slower water will hold you up.     

Carol Goodman

In this crazy, crazy world of figure skating, it is easy to focus on a name or a target. But when you are going after someone, it really only holds you back from what you are capable of yourself.     

Ashley Wagner

Figure skating is an unlikely Olympic event but its good television. It's sort of a combination of gymnastics and ballet. A little sexy too which doesn't hurt.     

Andy Rooney

To me, figure skating is a diving sport. It's a sport made by the gods. It inspires people to cry, it inspires people to cheer, it pulls the emotions out of people.     

Frank Carroll

There's something about putting on a pair of skates, and getting out there and moving like nobody else can. Freedom is a word that comes to mind     

Randy Gardner

If you're walking on thin ice, you may as well dance.     

Anita Shreve

If you don't know a lot about figure skating, it's easy to fall in love with ice dancing because it's so romantic and so theatrical.     

Dorothy Hamill

In skating there's always another jump or another spin variation or another thing to learn, and that's what I liked about it.     

Gracie Gold

Figure skating is a mixture of art and sport.     

Katarina Witt

Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.     

Scott Hamilton

Ice skating is very difficult. It takes a lot of discipline and a lot of hard work. It's fun, but you are there on the ice every morning freezing and trying to do these moves and these tricks.      

Michelle Trachtenberg

High sticking, tripping, slashing, spearing, charging, hooking, fighting, unsportsmanlike conduct, interference, roughing.... everything else is just figure skating.     

Scotty Bowman

Ice dance should not be seen as a rigid conformist form of figure skating. There is a great deal of freedom and originality to be had.     

Robin Cousins

Figure skating is a bit dated - it's like that tweed jacket you pull out of the back of your closet from time to time, and I'm going to try to Chanel it up a little bit.     

Johnny Weir