The continuing chronicle of Wesley's quest to be published; plus comments on popular culture, family life, and whatever else falls out of his head.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Why is Figure Skating an Olympic Sport?

Don't mean to get off on a rant here, but I just don't understand what the big deal is about figure skating as an olympic sport. Don't get me wrong, because I don't think that skaters aren't atheletes, and what they do obviously takes a great deal of training, talent and skill. I just don't believe that any competition that requires a grown man to dress in a backless bodysuit and is soundracked by Ace of Base should be considered a sport. They're not being judged on their costumes, are they? They're not being judged on the music, are they? They're being judged on the accuracy of the moves that they are being required to do. Can they do the triple lutz or can't they? And how fast and in what succession?

Never mind the fact that any "sport" that needs judges to value your performance is a crock to begin with. If it can't be quantative--how far, how fast, how powerful--it shouldn't count. Things like figure skating, half-pipe, diving, etc., should move to the side and make way for real sports.

Like that thing with the brooms.


Blogger doc-t said...

Hey Wesley,

I came here to comment on your comment in pubrants..

If you go around making sense like that. And just breaking it down into an easy to understand statement.... Those senseless word wars are going to be sooo.. boring.

Think before you write man!!!


i'm just playing. you hit the nail right smak dab on the head.

February 15, 2006 4:11 PM

Blogger doc-t said...

and about your blog!



You go boy! cause you're absolutely right here.

first of all, men were never meant to wear a backless bodysuit. That's just wrong!!!

and the "performance" bit. well we all saw what happened last year.

I'd like to see them all do a set of "maneuvers in a predetermined pattern"

then they could be judged on the following.

1: completion of all required maneuvers

2: time. how long to finish the course.

3: How high the guy throws the gal (okay.. that's a maneuver i'm adding)

4: did they do the pattern precisely

that could be quantified.

February 15, 2006 4:16 PM


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