Skating Fridays

Funny Faces Skaters Make

Casual fans of figure skating will often comment about the breathtaking performances, emotional expressions and intricate costumes. But there is an area of performing (and practicing) that one often does not see.

Have you ever watched an elite skater in slow motion? I’m talking about the frame-by-frame breakdown. If you did (and yes, there are videos and photos out there), you’d come across something really funny. The faces that skaters make mid-jump or mid-spin are quite hilarious.

Here are a few:

And this one:

There are dozens more (do a quick Google search for funny skating faces). My trusty pairs partner and I thought that it would be fun to do a few freeze frames of our own. While these weren’t taken mid-jump or mid-lift, they are what we believe our faces look like.

Argh! She's so heavy!

Get it out! Get it out!



Holding my breath



  1. June
    July 2, 2021 / 5:30 pm

    When I first saw the picture, I thought oh my gosh, you got hurt! Then I read the rest of the post & thought it was so funny! You’re right; their faces aren’t something you see when they’re moving so fast.

    • evabakes
      July 3, 2021 / 6:55 am

      The Adult Committee for US Figure Skating is actually asking skaters to send in their funniest action photos right now. They are posting them on Instagram if you want to see more crazy faces!

  2. July 3, 2021 / 6:41 am

    My favorite is the final one. I’d vote for the title: “What the $%$# am I doing up here?”

    • evabakes
      July 3, 2021 / 6:56 am

      Yup – seems pretty accurate!

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