On that day of the week and at that hour people belonging to the same set and all acquainted with one another used to meet on the ice. There were crack skaters, parading their skill, and beginners clinging to chairs and making timid, awkward movements, boys, and elderly people skating for their health; and they all seemed to Levin to be fortune's favorites because they were there near her.
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenin.

Photo: Vienna's Eislauf-Verein, 1908.