That's what the Dutch and other western Europeans did also. It was more practical; it was a good means of transportation and not necessarily a balance contest like it is today. Even when they played games with it--early forms of ice hockey, if you will--the gliding was done on the flats, not the edge. The edges didn't get to be hot stuff until the nineteenth century, and then they were mounted to the boot.
I've seen illustrations of bone skates that showed the rib bones laced
directly to the wearer's boots to glide on the _flat_ of the rib, not the
Sofya la Rus
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