Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Why Figure Skating Is Not A Sport

I didn't write this. But I agree with everything here.

Why figure skating is not a sport, by Dan Wetzel.

An excerpt:

But figure skating is a competition, not a sport, and it has nothing to do with how difficult or entertaining it is. It is simply a matter of how the winner is determined. It is the same for gymnastics, diving, beauty pageants or anything that chooses a champion solely by human judging.

A sport needs to have a quantifiable way to determine a winner and a loser. There can be no debate about the scoring system. A ball must go into a goal or through a hoop; a runner must reach home or finish before the others. The winners run faster, jump higher, score more.

In some sports a clock is used to determine a winner, but the clock is not subjective. Besides, you can't have 53 guys racing down a ski hill at the same time. The clock is a judge, but it is an objective one.

Figure skating has none of this. Everything is about interpretation of success. It is about what the judge thinks, believes, feels. There is nothing absolutely quantifiable. Yes, the number of revolutions in a jump counts, but in the end if two people do the same jump, a human has to decide which one he or she likes better.

That is not a sport.

As far as I am concerned, Dan's preaching to the choir.

The Torino Subjective Games 2006.


Anonymous Awesome Minivan said...

53 guys skiing down a hill at the same time would be cool!

9:49 PM  

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