Every four years, the Winter Olympics rule the pop culture landscape, featuring a mix of events that are athletic, daring and sometimes insane. Don’t believe me? Take a look at Shaun White. To do what he does, he must have healthy doses of all three of those traits.
Most of the American audience, I can assume, can better relate to the Summer Olympics as a display of sport. Who can run faster? Jump higher? Swim like a fish?
The Winter Games do have some of those elements, but there is one competition that seems to be the tipping point of sport for many people: Figure Skating.
[Noting my bias - I took ice skating lessons for several years as a kid. I fell. A lot. I also majored in Sports Information and Communication at Ithaca College, where we debated the definition of "sport' on a daily basis.]
Is getting dolled up in spandex, skating backwards and doing some triple axels sport? Does it deserve a gold medal? [Translation - Usain Bolt got a gold medal for running faster than any human in recorded history; Is figure skating on-par with that?]
Instead of me trying to answer that question, I’d like to turn the floor over to you. What do you think?
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