Figure Skating Fan?

  • Csrobbie2000

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    Apr 09, 2008 8:58 PM GMT
    Ok, I admit it - I'm a fan of figure skating. I watched the Winter Olympic in 1992, and I was hooked ever since. I like the fact that it is one of those sports that combines both athletic fitness and the artistic expression, which makes figure skating not only eye pleasing, but one of the most exciting and technically difficult sports in the world. So what do you like about figure skating, and what are your favorite skaters?
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    Apr 10, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    Back in 1994 when it became a very popular sport thanks to Tonya and Nancy, I, like everyone else, went to the rink a few times to try it out. There is a huge training center in Simi Valley and the champions on ice tour was rehearsing at the rink that day. I got to meet Oksana, Nancky kerrigan, Brian Boitano and Rudy Galindo. It was cool to actually see them train and practice. They skate a lot faster than what is shown on television.
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    Apr 10, 2008 1:48 AM GMT
    Tonya Harding was such a glorious trainwreck!!! Nancy Kerrigan had pretty teeth. And Kristi Yamaguchi was just...cute.

    Strangely, lil' gay me can't remember a single male figure skater. Odd.
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    Apr 10, 2008 1:49 AM GMT
    Oh ZDREW!!! Not even the "gay" one, Rudy galindo!!! LOL
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    Apr 10, 2008 1:52 AM GMT
    Younger Ones: Brian Joubert, Jeffrey Buttle, Evan Lysacek

    Older Ones: Suria Bonaly, Philippe Candeloro

    I dont watch women's ice skating anymore ... they cant nail the quad icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 10, 2008 1:55 AM GMT
    Although I didn't catch much of this year's season, I do enjoy watching the sport. When Cleveland hosted the National Figure Skating Championships in 2000, I was the Controller for the event. It was such a great opportunity to see things up close! Yes, I met Michelle Kwan and Todd Eldredge, and few "young" kids like Ryan Bradley and Eric Lysacek.

    I also attended the Salt Lake Nationals in 1999 as well as both the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake (2002) and Torino (2006). And I'll be heading back to Cleveland for the 2009 Nationals.

    It's an amazing sport and never gets the credit for the amount of preparation and athleticism needed to compete at the national and international levels. They work just as hard, if not harder, than other more visible sports. Having seen it up close and personal, I am most impressed by the dedication these athletes have to have. It is inspiring.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Apr 10, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    I totally agree, Frank_AZ. I think it's such a difficult sport, but it doesn't receive enough credit as it should. And like Zdrew, I'm actually more interested in female figure skaters than the males, pairs or dance. I used to think after Kwan and Cohen are gone, the future of the USFA will be doomed, but I'm glad I'm wrong. We have amazing girls comming up from junior that will sure be medal contenders for 2010.
  • Hunter9

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    Apr 10, 2008 5:52 AM GMT
    i dont understand what the deal is with gay men and figure skating... though i freely admit that im amazed by synchronized swimming (for about 10 minutes every 4 years)
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    Apr 10, 2008 2:13 PM GMT
    wrkoutbud30 saidBack in 1994 when it became a very popular sport thanks to Tonya


    That was hilarious. An Australian satire program, Newstopia, was talking about the American democratic candidacy race and whittled Hillary's avenues of victory to sports analogies: "Will Hillary need to choose the Tonya Harding option?" "While beating Barack Obama around the knees with a crowbar so he can't ice-skate in the 1994 Winter Olympics may seem excessive...". Sorry for that irrelevance, I just felt like sharing it.

    Anywho, figure skating is an amazing sport, and you need incredible talent for it, but Australia's greatest achievement in the Winter Olympics was Steven Bradbury winning a speed skating gold medal because everyone else fell over, which was fantastic.

    All of the synchronised sports do, however I have a soft spot for gymnastics, possibly due to my ardent love of the movie Stick It, so I'm looking forward to the Olympics this year icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 10, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    I used to enjoy watching figure skating, but the subjectivity and the politics of the judging eventually turned me off. It is an incredibly difficult, and demanding athletic sport though.

    People often forget how much practice figure skaters have to do every day. It would put other more popular sports to shame (e.g. baseball, basketball or hockey).