Pair skating is a figure skating discipline. International Skating Union (ISU) regulations describe pair teams as consisting of "one lady and one man." The sport is distinguished from ice dancing and single skating by elements unique to pair skating, including overhead lifts, twist lifts, death spirals, and throw jumps. The teams also perform the elements of single skating in unison. Pair skating requires requires similar technique and timing on all elements of the performance, as well as practice and trust between the partners. The aim is to create an impression of "two skating as one". Serious skating accidents are most common in the pair discipline.
In February 1908, pair skating first appeared at the World Championships, with three teams from Germany, the United Kingdom, and Russia competing in Saint Petersburg. Its Olympic debut was in October 1908, with three teams competing in London, one from Germany and two from the U.K. Pair skating has evolved significantly since its early beginnings. Some elements common in the modern-day sport were not introduced until decades later.
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... Pair skaters generally begin as single skaters owing to the necessity of having some jumping ability ... They switch to pairs usually between the age of 10 and 20, most often by 16 for females who reach the World podium ... In the 1950s, it was not uncommon for skaters to compete at the World level in both single skating and pair skating, but this grew rare with the increasing demands of both disciplines ...
... McLaughlin began skating at the age of four ... She originally competed in single skating ... She began pair skating at age 10 and focused entirely on pair skating when she teamed up with Brubaker ...
... It is different in pair skating and ice dancing ... Whereas single skaters can move as they choose, pair and dance skaters are often constrained by their need to have someone with whom to skate ... More and more, pair and ice dancing teams are becoming multi-national as pair skaters and ice dancers are no longer restricting their search for a partner to their own borders ...
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