Category Archives: Figure Skating

Figure Skating: Beauty Cannot Outlive Its Time …

Figure skating has long been subject to an argument: Is it an art or a sport? Ice shows entertained, televised figure skating entertained even more, generating a lot of money. A U.S. scandal when Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan was injured … Continue reading

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Figure Skating’s Audience … And Perpetual Conundrum

It’s unarguable that both audience and TV have largely abandoned the sport. Equally so is the sport’s need of a paying audience since it lacks both the numerous participants of tennis and the supporting schools of gymnastics. Worse yet, participation … Continue reading

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America’s Figure Skating Faces A Hard Landing

In a recent article, George Rossano pointed to the Russian dominance and American retreat from the top international placements. His observation defines the near future of the sport for very apparent reasons. Figure skating is too difficult, too expensive and … Continue reading

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Figure Skating Isn’t Worth Watching Anymore …(But A Makeup Makeover Won’t Cure Its Ills))

Figure skating and gymnastics are obscure sports for the few. Gymnastics persists on subsidies from taxpayers provided by schools and on profitable private training centers. Figure skating lacks the schools and depends upon ice rinks with higher costs and lesser … Continue reading

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Equalizing Dance Inequality With The Stars

TV’s “Dancing With The Stars” pretends to be a ballroom dance competition between various non-dance personalities with professional ballroom dance partners supplied by the show. Ratings have been in decline; it is assumed that the current season will be the … Continue reading

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The Future For Figure Skating Hangs On A Political Curcus (And A Technical Debate)

Figure skating faces an existential financial problem from three directions; unfortunately, that is being snowed under by current ISU and USFSA political circuses. In the midst of these, an interesting technical issue is being publicly debated between legendary champion Janet … Continue reading

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Will Defenestrating Ottavio Cinquanta Fund Figure Skating?

Ice sports face existential problems: They rely upon facilities facing both uncontrollable energy costs and public policy demonizing energy users. Add to that, the families that have provided figure skaters now see declining disposable incomes while the post-competition careers for … Continue reading

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