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Figure Skaters Do Get Dizzy

Why didn’t she fall down after 30 rotations?


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • upright: in a vertical position
  • conceal: hide
  • rotation: a complete turn around
  • fixate: to stare at one thing
  • orient: to find one’s place
  • interlude: a small break from a routine
  • tolerance: an ability to withstand something after repeated exposure or experience
  • second nature: something that is learned but seems natural because it has been done so many times

Figure Skaters Do Get Dizzy

Have you ever wondered how figure skaters spin so many times without getting dizzy? Figure skaters do experience , but they have a few different ways to conceal their feeling and to stay upright after their rotations. One trick is to blur their eyes. Unlike dancers who fixate on something (spotting) while spinning, skaters spin and train their eyes to go out of focus to avoid dizziness. They do fixate on a specific spot after they come out of a spin to help orient themselves in the rink. Skaters often plan a little dance move after a long spin. This interlude allows them to regain their balance. They also a tolerance over time. Beginner figure skaters are taught to ignore the feeling of dizziness. They tell they won’t fall down, and eventually spinning becomes second nature.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Do figure skaters experience dizziness?
  2. What trick do figure skaters use to convince the audience that they don’t feel dizzy after a spin?
  3. Why can’t skaters rely on the technique of “spotting” that dancers use?

Discussion Questions: Describe something that has become second nature to you due to repeated practice or exposure. Do you have any tricks for beginners?

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