Toning down the costumes for men's figure skating...

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    May 04, 2009 11:34 AM GMT
    Interesting little tidbit about an attempt to "masculinize" the sport of men's figure skating and show that it is indeed a sport that requires skill and physical strength. Will the clothes make the man?

    http://gmy.news.yahoo.com/v/1328702
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    May 04, 2009 3:01 PM GMT
    I *knew* that Stojko was behind this.

    Lil Elvis is just pissed that he had to compete with a bunch of Nancy's when he just wanted to put on his karate clothes and go out there and punch his way to a gold medal. He never got an Olympic gold (the frilly Russians beat his ass) and he's still bitter about it.

    Look, having been a competitive skater, I can tell you with absolute certainty that anyone who thinks the sport is easy or unmanly can just lace up a pair of skates. If they can even stay upright for 10 seconds - let alone take off going backwards, rotate 3 or 4 times and land on the opposite foot (still going backwards and ready for the next move) - THEN we'll talk. Until then, wear whatever the hell you want.

    All of the guys advocating for this have serious masculinity issues. Being manly has nothing to do with what you wear, it's how you are (or aren't). Elvis should just go buy a large 4x4 and get over it.
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    May 04, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    I think this is sad.

    There is beauty in the movements of figure skaters... male or female. One is able to see their form better with tighter clothing I would think.

    Why do people fear being percieved as being feminine or masculine? What is the big deal?

    Gender roles and stereotypes are being broken down everyday. This postion seems to take a step backward... back to the old days.

    As long as one is comfortable with him/herself, they should be as maculine of feminine as they wish without worries of ridicule. Just be yourself. Who cares about ratings... not every sport is going to be popular EVERY YEAR in the eyes of EVERYONE.
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    May 04, 2009 3:38 PM GMT
    I think it's bullshit.
    I also skated for 5 years, and even though I didn't get to an extremely high level, it was extremely physically gruelling. I've heard that a 4 minute program is the cardio equivalent of running for 20 minutes, yet it's more intense because it occurs in 4 minutes.
    Figure skating is an artistic sport (obviously, there are marks for presentation as well as technical elements). The guys that enjoy figure skating enjoy it because they get to be expressive. The outfit brings an extra perspective to the artistry sometimes.
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    May 04, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
    This just perpetuates an argument that women are inferior since if a man dresses like them, he is automatically a bad person.
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    May 04, 2009 4:08 PM GMT
    same here... former skater. never really had the flamboyant costumes but never felt that they were too fem... it was just that it was too easy to get distracted (and in some cases physically weighed down) by all the crap on 'em. besides, they're hard to take care of.

  • coolarmydude

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    May 04, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    If Olympic figure skating really wants to get its fans back, perhaps they should work on their scoring system. Remember the scoring scandal a few years ago between the Russian judge and the French team? Besides, figure skating lost its Butch persona when they booted Tonya Harding, albeit with good reason.
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    May 04, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    It might be better to run a campaign based on "can you do this" and show the power and physical strength of the sport. Or do background promos that show the skaters practicing without their costumes and demonstrating the grueling practice that it takes. Educate the public so that they can look past any costumes.
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    May 04, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    I'm sure they need the tights, but perhaps they could update the styles a bit. No frills, just nice colors that don't scream, "wait there's more - there's a door in the back for easy access!"
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    May 04, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
    I am wondering now....how does one guy's costume affect another guy's costume? Why cant a guy just design a costume that he finds more suitable to himself and leave it at that? If enough of the competitors want less flamboyant costumes, then that is how the sport will appear.
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    May 04, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    I'd prefer if they skated in Speedos or posing strapsicon_biggrin.gif
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    May 07, 2009 1:07 PM GMT
    antelope saidI'd prefer if they skated in Speedos or posing strapsicon_biggrin.gif

    BOY that would be really cold!
  • JayneCobb

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    May 07, 2009 1:23 PM GMT
    Chazz Michael Michael's IS figure skating!


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    May 14, 2009 4:58 PM GMT
    That's stupid
    Especially since I apply to the rule "If you can't dazzle them with your moves, blind them with your sequins" (I even have it on a bumper sticker)

    badmikeytLook, having been a competitive skater, I can tell you with absolute certainty that anyone who thinks the sport is easy or unmanly can just lace up a pair of skates. If they can even stay upright for 10 seconds - let alone take off going backwards, rotate 3 or 4 times and land on the opposite foot (still going backwards and ready for the next move) - THEN we'll talk. Until then, wear whatever the hell you want.


    I couldn't have said it better myself.


    But I do have a problem with Johnny Weir.
    I wish he'd get a bit more masculine...
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    Jun 01, 2009 7:38 AM GMT
    I love the outfits! who cares what they wear as long as it goes with the music. Johnny Weir is my favorite!!icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 16, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    I love any guy in a one piece because you get a clear outline of their dick and its super hot
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    Dec 16, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    Making professional figure skating less flamboyant. Isn't that like trying to make St. Patrick's Day less Irish?
  • stratavos

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    Jan 08, 2013 3:40 PM GMT
    ccclaw saidMaking professional figure skating less flamboyant. Isn't that like trying to make St. Patrick's Day less Irish?


    he's got a point. about the most any skaters can do themselves is choose to wear muted and subdued colours.
  • Apparition

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    Mar 14, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
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    This seems to be a good look for dancing...has movement...and leaping...and not overtly feminine. There are always choices.

    But...you know the next step is HERE:

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  • HottJoe

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    May 17, 2013 6:45 AM GMT
    They're twirling across the ice on their tiptoes. Give them tights or give them death.
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    May 29, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    I think it should change. Every straight, bi or gay guy makes fun of figure skaters. Butching it up more like gymnastics will change that. A straight figure skater with sequined tights just doesn't fit to me. I was an amateur skater at one time. But on the opposite side of this, Craftsman tools ran an ad making fun of sequined figure skaters and I to this day I boycott them and Sears.
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    Jul 20, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    badmikeyt saidI *knew* that Stojko was behind this.

    when he just wanted to put on his karate clothes and go out there and punch his way to a gold medal.


    Yes, that was a part of his choreography.
  • mybud

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    Jul 20, 2013 2:19 AM GMT
    The costumes ,in a way, symbolize the person performing in them...You should never limit forms of expression.
  • AFGGuy

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    Jul 22, 2013 10:01 AM GMT
    mybud saidThe costumes ,in a way, symbolize the person performing in them...You should never limit forms of expression.


    Yeah!! icon_biggrin.gif