Friday, February 19, 2010

Figure Skating is Not a Sport

Sorry figure skating lovers, but it isn't.   Definitely not an Olympic sport.   The Olympic motto is "Faster, Higher, Stronger", not "Nicest Costume, Most Artistic, Best Choreography".  Sports are competitions decided by fact - highest score, shortest time.  Figure Skating is an activity decided by touchy-feely subjective judging.  (Also known as a popularity contest).  Yes, figure skaters are athletic.  But so are ballet dancers... and ballet isn't a sport either.  Figure Skating is only in the Olympics because it brings in tv ratings.  Just like the tight swimsuits of women's beach volleyball.
* Also not a sport - any event with extra points for "style": Ice Dance, Moguls Skiing, Aerials Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, any snowboarding event.  So basically 25% of Olympic events are not even sports.  Sorry to be the one to break it to you.

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