Jan 11, 2013
Fans Excited About Figure Skating
"I love figure skating--the sheer excitement of seeing whether a skater's quadruple toe loop is missing rotation of more than 1/4 revolution, but less than 1/2 revolution, is just riveting," enthused figure skating fan Benedict Kingsley. "It's the most fun when things get so close that nobody agrees on whether a jump is rotated or not, because that's when we can go on Youtube and obsessively dissect every pixellated slo-mo closeup of a skater's feet for a few hours."
Despite prominent scandals such as the pairs controversy at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the resulting introduction of a new scoring system, the appeal of figure skating has remained strong among fans both new and old.
"It's a great time to be a figure skating fan right now," said Ayesha Hadiqa, who has followed the sport since childhood. "Sure, sometimes I don't understand the results while watching the competition, but fortunately there are protocols now to tell me why the skater won. I mean, practically every competition is now an endless source of deeply engrossing contemplation. A night spent poring over the protocols--why did this skater get an 8.25 in Transitions when he didn't have any transitions? Or did the skater truly demonstrate full body rotation covering at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational direction in her Level 4 step sequence?--is just about the most fascinating evening I can imagine."
When asked to comment on figure skating's universal appeal, the International Skating Union's President Ottavio Cinquanta nodded sagely, saying only, "You're welcome, speed skating really is the best sport in the world."