Activities Sports & Athletics Train Like an Olympic Figure Skater You'll need a rink, a coach, a meal plan, and a daily schedule Share PINTEREST Email Print Martin Rose / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Skating Lessons Basics History Gear Famous Skaters Inline Skating Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jo Ann Schneider Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris was a silver medalist in junior ice dancing at the 1975 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and is the author of two books on skating our editorial process Jo Ann Schneider Farris Updated January 24, 2019 With the right mindset, all young figure skaters can train like Olympians do, but a number of steps are involved. These include finding a place to train and a coach to train with, preparing a schedule and a balanced meal plan, and setting realistic but ambitious goals. Here are some suggestions to get you started: Find a Place to Train First, you must find a place to train on the ice. Not all ice arenas are the same. Some rinks may be only for recreational skating or for ice hockey, while other rinks may be geared especially for figure skating. They will have coaches on staff who are able to take an ice skater all the way from the beginning stages of the sport to the elite level. Find an Accomplished Coach Finding the right coach is essential, and many people believe that only those who teach skating full time can make champions. Look for a coach who is patient, professional, and passionate about molding and teaching young skaters. Taking one or two private lessons a week is important. One private lesson per day is ideal, but private ice skating instruction is expensive, so that might not be possible for many skaters. Set a Schedule Ice skating is a skill that involves much practice. Figure skaters with Olympic dreams need to practice every day for at least three to four hours. Ballet and off-ice conditioning and training are also recommended. A good sample daily schedule is: 4:30 a.m.: Wake up, get dressed, and eat a light breakfast.5:30 a.m.: Arrive at the rink to do off-ice training and jumping.6 and 6:45 a.m.: Skate and practice two 45-minute freestyle sessions.7:30 a.m.: Leave the rink and head to school.3 p.m.: Return to the rink and do more off-ice training and jumping.3:30 and 4:15 p.m.: Skate and practice two 45-minute freestyle sessions.5:15 p.m.: Take a ballet class or participate in an off-ice workout.6 p.m.: Eat dinner.6:45 p.m.: Do homework.8 p.m.: Go to bed early. Make a Balanced Meal Plan Figure skaters of all ages must eat a healthy and balanced diet. Eating right should begin when ice skaters are young. Here is a sample daily menu: Breakfast: Juice, cereal, milk, and fruitMid-Morning snack: Fruit or yogurtLunch: Soup, turkey sandwich, lettuce, tomato, mustard, pickle, carrots, and oatmeal cookiesAfternoon snack: Grapes, string cheese, or crackersDinner: Lean meat, baked potato, green vegetable, and saladEvening snack: Peanut butter, graham crackers, and milk Set Competition Goals Figure skating tests, following programs such as the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Test Program and the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) tests, make it possible for figure skaters to compete in certain competitions. These skating tests also carry weight on an ice skater’s resume. Additionally, competition experience is essential for skaters with Olympic dreams. Every year, a skater, his or her coach, and the family should evaluate a figure skater's progress, set goals for the season, and work toward achieving those goals. Beginning figure skaters do not have to join a figure skating club, but as they advance, a time may come when joining a club becomes necessary. All Olympic figure skaters are members of figure skating clubs, U.S. Figure Skating or Skate Canada, or the ice skating association that governs skating in their home country. It's also important to remember that skating, more than many sports, is an art form as well as an athletic endeavor. So seeking an education and training in the arts—especially music, dance, and theater—will help young skaters grow into more complete, well rounded performers on the ice as well as more interesting people.