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In the fourth quarter of the 19th century
figure skating was introduced
in Europe from the USA
via England, Scandinavia and Austria.

It concerned a further development
based on the figures that dominated
club skating until then.
Ballet like strokes and acrobatic jumps were added
to make the modest riding of figures
more spectacular and interesting
for larger groups of spectators.

To do so skates allowing for
maximum freedom of movements
and brisk stopping
were necessary.
Therefore the connection between boots and skates
was given more attention
which resulted in boots that became
permanently fixed to the skates.


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