SkateWeb, one of the stalwarts of the Internet’s figure-skating realm, has been online since 1994. Webmaster Sandra Loosemore is a long-time skating fan with diverse interests. The site now functions primarily as an archive, but it still has a lot to offer.
At its core, SkateWeb is a series of lists. I love lists. There are articles Loosemore has written, reviews of events she has attended and pages upon pages of links to other websites, broken down into categories.
Want to find the official site for your favorite skater? Check the Elite Skaters list, organized by discipline. Itching to relive the 2010 Olympic Games? The Events list will point you to the website. Looking for a rink near your home? SkateWeb’s directories span six continents, and if you can’t find somewhere to skate on the seventh (Antarctica), just open your eyes.
A disclaimer at the top of the main index states that updates this season may be more sparse than usual and at press time, the list of this season’s competitions and shows was several months behind.
Loosemore no longer attends the number of events that she used to, so the Reviews section isn’t as extensive as in years past.
But while the design and some of the content may be dated, SkateWeb continues to fill the role as the most comprehensive directory of skating resources on the Internet. (www.frogsonice.com/skateweb)
Originally published in April 2011