Ice skates were invented many centuries ago. There is a historical evidence that the first skates were made of animal bones.
Iron skates were first mentioned in the Icelandic “Frithiof's Saga” written in 1380.
The emergence of a new type of skates gave a powerful impetus to the development of high-speed skating and figure skating, which at that time included mainly the ability to draw complex figures on the ice and maintain a beautiful pose.
In the middle of the 19th century figure skating became one of the sports and gained popularity in a number of European countries, as well as in North American countries like United States and Canada.
It took about a hundred years to develop almost all current required elements and basic techniques.
After the International Skating Union (ISU) was established in 1892, the scope of its activities included figure skating along with speed skating. The competition regulations were created.
The ISU started to organize annual World figure skating championships. The first World Championship was organized in 1896 in St. Petersburg, the capital of Russia, and the championship program included only men single skating competitions.
In 1906 female single skaters compete at the World Championship for the first time in the Swiss city of Davos.
The first Pairs World championships were held in 1908 in St. Petersburg.
In 1948 the International Skating Union recognized Ice Dance as a sport one of the varieties of Figure Skating - and formed a special Committee within the ISU.
The synchronized skating was created at the same time as Figure Skating but was not that popular. The Synchronized Skating World cup has been held since 1983, the World championship - since 2000.