Figure Skates, Figure Skating


Meet the man who is about to:   Change the Way the World Skates!

Geppetto’s Skate Shop and Mr. Edge welcome journalists, writers, bloggers, TV, press, and other media personnel to our website. Here you will find information about us and what we do to help create a healthier environment for skaters around the globe.

Mission Statement: To provide an educational platform from which the world skating community can learn from experts; about their equipment and how it affects their health and safety throughout their skating career.

Geppetto’s Skate Shop

Mr. Edge and his Medical Advisory staff are committed to creating a healthy and safe skating environment via training seminars and other media outlets by providing information which will help prevent unnecessary figure skating injuries.

At Geppetto’s Skate Shop we don’t sell skates for a living, we fit them to a specific shape of foot while at the same time educating the consumer about their equipment. Unlike other shops that make sure you leave with a pair of skates the same day, we at Geppetto’s make sure that we provide the proper boot and blade for ones level of skating. 

Now Available

“Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury” addresses the vital need for education, injury prevention, and the resulting performance enhancement that skating coaches and their students can gain from the information in this book.

Podiatrists, physical therapists, and others in the medical field now have a new tool with which to diagnose the most likely cause of figure skating injuries and the steps they can take in addressing them.

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About Mr. Edge:

John Harmata

John Harmata, a.k.a. Mr. Edge, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Working part-time had allowed him to pay his way through college, where he earned a degree and certification as an X-ray technologist.

While serving his internship in X-ray, someone in the skating industry who was familiar with John’s background and medical training encouraged him to consider entering the business. This person would eventually train him in the basics of running a small business, including fitting boots, mounting blades, and blade sharpening. After that, it would be up to John to determine his own future in the industry.

As an X-ray technologist working in the emergency room, in the 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 an easier, more accurate way to fit boots and mount, and sharpen blades. Applying the knowledge from his skeletal anatomy courses, John quickly realized the importance of properly preparing the boots for mounting, and as a result saw a decline in the need for remounting blades and common figure skating injuries; apparently the result of bad fittings and mountings.

In order to prove his findings were correct, John applied Newton’s Third Law of Motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Using this principle, he was able to observe the effects of force from the interaction of two objects: the skate and the foot. After several months of trial and error, John finally developed an accurate system for fitting boots and mounting and sharpening blades. His newly developed techniques resulted in reduced skating injuries and overall improvement in skating technique.

While attending numerous skating competitions and trade shows, including Worlds in 1987, it became apparent to John that something more could be done to reduce the amount of injuries to which figure skaters are prone. In the years that followed, John began submitting suggestions to boot manufacturers on ways to improve the overall fit and comfort of their boots.

In the fall of 2001, a member of U.S. Figure Skating heard about John´s work and asked if he would be interested in contributing an article to Skating magazine. John has been writing the Ask Mr. Edge column for the U.S. Figure Skating magazine ever since. John has also been a frequent guest of Doctor Weils´, "Sports Doctor" radio show.


Press Releases

October 30, 2013: Unnecessary Injuries Takes Their Toll on Olympic Hopefuls

November 19, 2013:  Companies Poised to Save Millions on Sports Injuries

November 26, 2013:  Prodigy Sports Athletes – Competitive Figure Skaters Struggle With Recurrent Injuries

December 13, 2013 New Book Stirs Controversy, Takes On Entire Industry

The Prosperity Plan That Works

John Harmata made a plan and took a big risk when he expanded his business to multiple locations. After huge failure and accruing more than $200,000 of debt, he was challenged by lessons from Pat and Gordon Robertson. See what they were, how John came out on top, and how you can too.

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