WHY IS FIGURE SKATING AN OLYMPIC SPORT?
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man who has very little knowledge on the subject opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, they are wrong, but they are welcome; and please, no name calling and that means you, you big stupid head.
Don’t get me wrong, figure skating at a high level takes tremendous athletic ability, endurance, dedication and physical and mental strength. So does tightrope walking, so does juggling, and so does a high wire act. Ice skating is a circus act, a spectacle, an exhibition…it is not a sport.
The winner of a sporting event should be the one who is the fastest, the strongest or scores the most points. Any activity where the winner is determined by subjective scoring based on form and grace and musicality is an act or an exhibition and should not be an Olympic sport.
Well Cranky, what about gymnastics, diving, synchronized swimming, gnarly snow board half-pipe crap; should they not be Olympic sports?
Well, I’m talking strictly about figure skating now, but no…those events should not be Olympic sports either.
Figure skating is beautiful to watch.
Ball room dancing is beautiful to watch.
Ball room dancing takes strength, endurance, athletic ability, and physical and mental strength. Should ball room dancing become an Olympic sport? I don’t think so either.
Look, you want figure skating to be an Olympic event, make it a sport.
Each participant should skate the same routine. There must be a double and triple Lutz, a flying camel, various spins and jumps. Whoever completes the set routine and successfully completes all the required jumps and spins in the fastest time wins. Grace, musicality, flair, facial expressions, costumes and winking at officials would have nothing to do with winning. Skate the routine, complete the jumps and spins, and do all faster than anyone else, and you win.
Graceful smiling poised skaters who have that certain flair and musicality can show off at the Ice Capades!
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.