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FIGURE SKATING vs ECONOMICS and GOVERNMENT

Using the visible trails left by skates traveling over ice, early figure skaters competed on frozen ponds and rivers at drawing diagrams in front of judges. Given the conditions, those judges were usually the only people watching and  the competitors … Continue reading

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Figure Skating: A Political Solution For A Real Problem

In its beginning, figure skating – drawing d iagrams upon ice with skates – wasn’t very interesting to most people. Until an American ballet dancer displayed his art on skates and charmed the capitals of Europe. The resulting sport brought … Continue reading

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Figure Skating, Economics and Sex, Updated

Figure skating has been contradictory since its origin, created as a dance form by American danseur noble Jackson Haines and wrested into athletic competition by expanding its jumps. It has never been certain whether it is more sport or art, … Continue reading

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Overspending Figure Skaters And Congressfolk Compared

National  governments and the sport of figure skating share management by elected politicians; that provides some interesting comparisons. Enlightening, even. Let us consider for a moment: The United States is spending much more than it collects from its citizens. It … Continue reading

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Government, Figure Skating and the Internet (Any Bets?)

In the United States, the sport of figure skating is governed by elected politicians much like the Federal government, except that they are unpaid volunteers. Well, they receive trips to the world’s resorts at no cost to themselves, but no … Continue reading

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Will Figure Skating Arise From its Fall?

Figure skating, like tennis, was the pastime of daughters of well-to-do country club folk who could afford it, until television ratings lifted both to popular notice. But while schools and parks installed tennis courts, expensive ice rinks were ignored. Tennis … 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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