Before talking about the emergence of figure skating, we should mention the appearance of the first skates. Archaeological finds indicate that the prototypes of skates were already in the Bronze Age (35/33 - 13/11 centuries BC), but such skates were not suitable for figure skating, their purpose was only to speed up their owner. Figure skating originated in Holland in the 12th-14th century. It became possible to engage in it after the creation of iron skates with two ribs. But it was not the figure skating that we are used to. Athletes drew various figures on the ice, while maintaining a beautiful pose.