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Figure Skating is NOT a Sport

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Before I begin, I want to emphasize that I believe that figure skaters are talented, hard-working ATHLETES. That being said, any event that requires its competitors to wear sequins IS NOT A SPORT. Look, I know it’s the most popular event in the Winter Olympics. I understand that there are years of work put into the perfection of the routines; however, it is a spectacle rather than a sport.

I believe that circus performers work at their craft for years. They entertain the masses with their incredible feats of athleticism in the circus (check out any Cirque de Soleil production and you will be amazed at the capacity of humans to perform marvelous feats.

Look, ballet dancers are amazing physical specimens who have grace and beauty in their movements. I would posit that ballet has more in common with figure skating than the biathlon, cross-country skiing or short track speed skating.

It seems to me that the crux of the matter is the definition of sport. So I went to Wolfram|Alpha and put in “sport” and came up with this:

an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition.

Hmm. By that definition, apparently figure skating IS a sport. So is Ballroom Dancing. And Paintball. But apparently diving, which requires gravity to do all the work, ISN’T a sport.

Anyways, by my definition, which is SOLELY my definition, sport must encompass the following things:

  1. Uniforms are required. Not feather boas, not sequins, not taffeta.
  2. Subjective scoring is not acceptable for winning, the winner must be determined objectively.
  3. Claude Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” cannot be used as a part of the competition.
  4. When done with the Olympics, the next step to “becoming pro” does not entail you skating with large stuffed mascots in the Ice Capades or Disney on Ice.
  5. You, your sport and Liberace should never be mentioned in the same sentence

I will continue to watch the grace and beauty of figure skating but please don’t tell me that figure skating and downhill skiing should be mentioned in the same breath. Unless of course Debussy is playing…

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  1. Melissa
    February 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    You don’t judge sports cuz of the outfits stupid. You judge it on how hard it is and being a figure skater, it is actually one of the hardest sports in the world. just go to toptens.com and look up top ten hardest sports. wow, just wow.

    • Ody
      February 2, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Thanks for the comment. I don’t demean figure skaters, what they do is extremely difficult; however, so is baLLroom dancing. They are very athletic. My point was that the inclusion of the event in the Winter Olympics does not, in and of itself, classify it as a sport. The irony is, my daughter is in gymnastics, another sport that uses classical music in the floor routine (as I make fun of in the blog article). Karma is a bitch, eh?

      • Melissa
        February 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        You know I am a figure skater so I would know. What do you know about skating?

  2. Paul
    February 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Figure skating is more of a performance art. Figure skaters work hard to develop a routine and hone their technique. Then, they’re judged by a bunch of pretentious assholes against subjective criteria. Scoring is looser than Nancy Kerrigan’s busted knee cap. Also, like hunting, there’s no direct competition. You can say the scoring in boxing is subjective, but at least it’s one-on-one. In hunting, some asshole learns how to shoot a gun, study his prey’s behavior, sits in a tree and waits. I pissed my redneck ex-brother-in-law off once because I told him hunting wasn’t a sport unless, at the very least, he took a knife and went toe to toe with a deer. Planning and execution is good, but, it’s not a true test of skill. It’s not sport. In figure skating, your opponents can’t throw the unexpected at you. You can’t adapt during competition. That’s why it’s a performance and not a sport. Chess is more of a sport than figure skating.

  3. Me
    March 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    those endless hours of training, off-ice conditioning, stretching, etc., and this is what we get. a million articles that say that figure skating is not a sport. if you look up the definition of sport, it says absolutely nothing about how the judging system works. actually, it didn’t even mention judging. we work our butts off every practice, work so hard, breathe so hard you’re afraid you’re going to burst a lung, and it makes me sad that all people do is insult us. figure skaters (like me) are not just athletes, we’re the definition of athletes. no sport, not even gymnastics, takes as much agility, endurance, flexibility, strength, and other stuff, as figure skating does. anything that makes you breathe hard is a sport, simple as that. so figure skating is obviously a sport. it is the hardest, phisically and mentally, whether you like it or not.

  4. Kaylie
    March 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I completely agree…WITH MELISSA!!!!!
    Figure skaing is deffinetly a sport! I skate 5 days a week and it’s very hard work and it has been deemed a real sport. You’re completely wrong and stupid!
    i mean, just because we can have flashy outfits, doesn’t mean it’s not a sport.
    Do you even do your research before you write these articles?!

  5. Hannah
    October 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I totally agree with Melissa and Kaylie! If hunting and fishing can be a sport then why can’t figure skating?

    • Ody
      October 29, 2012 at 8:48 am

      It was a joke. Tweaking figure skaters. Please have a sense of humor. I tease soccer in another post.

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