Ice skating is a wonderful sport that requires balance, precision and strength. Whether the activity is figure skating, hockey, or skating for pleasure, taking care of the equipment is important. Skates must be kept sharp for the greatest amount of control. Though people do use frozen ponds at times, most skating is done within a controlled environment. These rinks are kept at a constant temperature and the ice is groomed with a Zamboni machine. There is a science to the way the operators treat the ice for the different activities. For figure skating it is a much softer ice than what is put down for hockey matches. They need to know exactly how much to shave off the top and how much water to put back down to get the desired surface.
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