Tuesday, August 3

You've said that the U.S. needs a top ladies skater for making the FS relevant again. If the men (Abbott, Rippon...) start getting good results as world medals, could it help? Both are charming and look like the "perfect son"

Lysacek didn't really draw more attention to the sport in the USA, and he's the World and Olympic Champion. Weir made himself popular but he didn't really draw that many more people to competitive skating, at least in my opinion. I know some people from the bar I work at who watched the Olympics to see Johnny, only watched him, and then proceeded to go tell everyone that he is so underrated. LOL. So to answer the question, I don't really think that Abbott or Rippon being extremely successful will help the sport.

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Debora Walsh said...

In my opinion, the only way FS will ever gain popularity in the United States is if American children are brought up to appreciate the inherent beauty of athletics and not just the competitiveness. Raising children to believe that figure skating, like ballet, is just for girls, jades their ability to appreciate the skill and physicality required to excel at what is an extremely strenuous sport. Countries like Japan, Russia and South Korea, with strong cultural histories of artistic appreciation, actively promote figure skating which allows the sport and the athletes to flourish. Sadly, the few American skaters who do excel on the world stage go largely unrecognized in their own country. Until the US mindset frees itself, FS and its ability to draw talent and audiences will continue to be marginalized.

mikeko said...

Lysacek never got much attention because he was so boring to watch, neither athletically exciting nor artistically inspiring.
Figure skating maintains its popularity in Japan because we not only appreciate art both classical and contemporary but also take figure skating as a sport seriously. While Asada is adored by the public, she is also respected as an athlete, even called “gutsy” or “manly”. While Takahashi is recognized as an exceptionally artistic skater with unique presence, he earned more respect last season because he never gave up on quads even though his leg had not recovered, sticking to his conviction: a champion must be a complete skater with both outstanding athleticism and artistry.
There has been the question “Is figure skating a real sport?” in North America. Americans are obsessed with masculinity, especially in sports, and even often confuse lack of artistry with masculinity. While the current scoring system succeeded to produce an American Olympic Champion without a quad, the sport is less inspiring than ever, especially to young boys.
I also believe it takes more than being a “perfect son” to become a real star, but the current scoring system has rather been successful at killing creativity and originality.