Are synthetic ice skating rinks good for training for the olympics someday…?
Synthetic rinks are cool when real ice is not available, but certainly there are differences that cannot be matched with ice (no matter what sythethic rink companies will claim!). It can help some, but as the surface properties are different, your actual “training” should be done on “real” ice. Afterall, “real” ice is used at the Olympics. Skating on a synthetic surface is “slower”. You have the drag from friction, which you wouldn’t not get on ice. You won’t experience the “slippage” you get on the ice, which you would need for some of the moves, like stops, slide moves, lunges, spin entrances, etc. You can’t see your edge/toe pick marks well on a synthetic surface. Your tracings help to see if you’ve done things correctly and aid in correcting your moves. Toe pick “gouges” in the ice can tell you if you’re picking correctly. Unless you have a synthetic rink minimally the size of a standard ice rink, you would have to tighten up the layout of your skating program and moves . . . not h