Which do you prefer to watch - Show skating or competitive skating? Although I enjoy skating shows, I prefer competitions. It all sort of stems back to my figure skating days. I remember one of my coaches telling me it was better for me to watch competitive skaters than to attend ice shows. It was mainly because in those days, once skaters turned pro - as we used to say - they sort of slowed down. Ice shows then were not exactly of the quality they are now. There was Ice Capades and Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice. I used to love to go to these shows. However, it was watching competitions that gave me the appreciation I have for the work that goes into figure skating. Competitive skaters are always more disciplined than show skaters and of course have to do more difficult programs.
However, I must say that the pros skating today have improved ice shows. Toller Cranston set the tone when he started his ice show. Now Stars on Ice has some really good quality skating and then there is Kurt's Gotta Dance tours and Torvil and Deans shows were wonderful.
It's great to see the pros really taking their skating seriously and carrying on that same quality they brought to their competitive skating.
However, as I stated, I still really prefer watching competitions. There is something about the whole process that makes it exciting or maybe it just takes me back to my skating days. Okay, I am starting to wax nostalgia here.....