The Experts in Figure Skating
Since 1978, Geppetto’s Skate Shop and Mr. Edge have been serving the needs of skaters throughout the Midwest. Mr. Edge’s experience and knowledge have made him the world’s leading authority on equipment-related injuries to figure skaters.
His award-winning book, “Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury” explains and provides solutions to the common blade, boot, and sharpening problems. The book also describes in detail many of the common injuries that competitive skaters are prone to throughout their skating career. It also describes how those injuries can be avoided altogether.
Silver Medal Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards!
Congratulations John Harmata, for winning in the Non-Fiction: Sports/Fitness/Recreation category for Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury. We can’t thank you enough for taking part in the awards this year and for your contribution to promoting the value of ebooks. We enjoyed reading and evaluating your title. and want to let you know what will happen next.
Welcome to Geppetto’s Skate Shop
A place where skaters are equipped to become winners and promoting education about skates is always encouraged.
Our team of experts has more than 100 years of combined experience working with some of the biggest names in America. Since 1978, Geppetto’s Skate Shop has serviced thousands of skaters, lectured to hundreds of coaches, skaters, and skating parents, and has made it possible for skating athletes of all ages to live their dreams and accomplish their goals.
That expertise means we can minimize risk, eliminate guesswork, and ensure that every skater has the proper equipment and that it is as cost-effective as possible. You expand your goals and boost your return on investment.
Helping Individuals and Teams Achieve Great Results In Their Skating Careers…….
Having over 40 years of experience, John Harmata understands the relationship between properly fitted boots, mounting, and blade sharpening and how they relate to one another in the cause and prevention of injury. But throughout his career, he has been concerned that the same types of injuries that skaters experienced decades ago are still widespread throughout the industry. In many cases parents are spending thousands of dollars on lessons and ice time, only to see that their child has failed to make any progress.
Believing skate technicians could do better, John began servicing competitive figure skaters in 1978 with three primary goals:
- Provide skaters with the absolute best fittings, mountings, and skate sharpening
- Make verifiable results the yardstick of success, by helping skaters to achieve their goals
- Ensure superior customer service that values relationships over transactions
These objectives have helped Geppetto’s Skate Shop consistently deliver increased performance results by skaters at all levels. Delivering superior service has earned Geppetto’s Skate Shop its reputation as an industry leader.
John Harmata, aka Mr. Edge, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After attending a technical trade school for medical technology, John worked in microbiology while attending college, where he eventually received a degree and certification in X-ray technology.
While serving his internship in radiology, someone in the skating industry that knew John’s background and medical training encouraged him to consider entering the business. This individual would eventually train him in the basics of running a small business in fitting boots, mountings, and blade sharpening. After that, it would be up to John to determine his own future in the industry.
Using His Experience for the Future
As an X-ray technologist working in the emergency room, surgery department, and in individual units using a portable machine, John learned easier, more effective ways of doing things. Applying his medical training to his business practices, John discovered that indeed there truly was an easier, more accurate way to fit boots, mount blades, and sharpen them.
By applying knowledge learned from his skeletal anatomy courses, John quickly made the connection in understanding the importance of properly preparing the boots for mounting, and as a result, he saw a decline in the need for remounting blades. John also detected a decline in many other problems apparently related to bad mountings and fittings. In order to prove his findings were indeed correct, John quickly applied Newton’s Third Law of Motion—for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
By using this principle John was quickly able to observe the effects of force from the interaction of 2 objects—the boot and the foot. After several months of trial and error, John had finally developed an accurate system for fitting figure skates, blade mountings, and sharpening. These new techniques John had developed for himself resulted in an overall improvement for the skater and a reduction in skating injuries.
Taking the Next Step
While attending numerous skating competitions and trade shows, including World’s in 1987, it became apparent to John that something could and should be done to reduce the number of injuries figure skaters are prone to. In the years that followed, John had perfected his fitting technique and began submitting suggestions to boot manufacturers on ways to improve the overall fit and comfort of their boots.
In the fall of 2000, John had approached the PSA (Professional Skaters Association) about establishing a training and certification program for skate technicians. In the fall of 2001, a member of USFS heard about his work and asked John if he would be interested in contributing some articles to Skating magazine, and as they say, “the rest is history” for since that time John has been writing the “Ask Mr. Edge” column.