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Show Skating vs. Competitive Skating
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.....
Although I enjoy the show skating very much, in my opinion it has become way too one-sided. Too much of same skaters and their friends appearing. E.g. in out of seven different Disson shows Brian Boitano appears as THE headliner in FOUR of them:
Of course I do understand that he is an extremely important US skater, but too much is too much, so to speak, LOL. I hope there will be lots of changes after 2006 Olympics! Also I would like to see more pro competitions with various of skaters competing there. Not only the same four men, LOL.
About SOI I would say that although they have also good skaters there, their shows have been very lacking in the quality of effective and impressive ensemble skating during few years now.
To me the most enjoyable is watching a competition like GP, Europeans, Worlds or Olympics. I don´t care about the cheesefests.
Last edited by Jaana; 12-22-2005 at 02:36 AM.
Blame the agents and their exclusive contracts.....and its down to 2 major agencies so you see only their clients in a pro event. Gone is World Pro (Dick Button) and others just didn't have the money to get off the ground (or ice....) Add to all that is the pool of available pros has dwindled and the current crop is getting older, and we've watched them since their competititve days.....
It takes lots of money for advertising, arena rental, etc. and the interest is down. I think Europe is struggling too but there seems to be small gain for them as pros band together for the love of the sport and take their shows to small venues with very appreciative audiences.
The current diehard skate fans don't seem to have an interest in pro programs as Curry, Cranston put on in the past.......and made for TV programs/movies get so criticized for 'inaccuracies' that studios just give up.
Creative skating programs by pros are gone.......sadly. Personally, I haven't seen anything that truly moved me since SOI had the Olympics parody...
Competitive is the way to go.
Artistry I get from other sources than skating.
Lovin' the Kween ... Now and Forever
I definately prefer competitive skating. What I don't like recently from pro skating is that it is the same people over and over again. I am hoping that after these Olympics there will be a number of new skaters to join the pro ranks and make it a bit more interesting. Of course, if Michelle is one of them ... that will immediately make me more interested!!!!
I liked the pro-am competitions that they had in 1998. I thought those were the right mix between genuine competitons as crowd-pleasing artitry.
The only thing wrong was that Michelle and Alexei Y. won every time amd no one else had a chance (although Kurt Browning lost to Alexei only by a whisker in the World pro that year.)
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In terms of my own personal enjoyment, it's Oly eligible competition as a favorite.
I did enjoy the recently aired World Team Challenge (may not have the name of it exactly right). It had a flair of both competitive skating and "show" skating that I liked. My favorite programs were most of the pairs programs, Yagudin's technical program, and Brownings artistic program. I would love to see more events along those lines after the Oly's, including some "new blood" as I assume several good skaters/pairs may be retiring after Oly's and/or World's.
I get the least enjoyment personally out of the strictly show events with no competitive component. But that's just me...
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I actually enjoy both types of skating because of the different things they offer. If I just want to be entertained and enjoy some good quality skating, I'll watch one of the skating shows. If I'm ready for some great skating with lots of jumps and tricks and so forth, then I'll watch a competition event. I guess I don't really prefer one over the other, it just depends on my mood that day, LOL
TV Viewing = prefer competitions
Live Viewing = prefer skating shows
I prefer to watch competitions on TV over skating shows. I find on TV, I can catch more detail of the technical elements. I found seeing competitions live where there is a long string of poor-to-mediocre performances by the low rung skaters to be depressing. Also, depending on where you are sitting in an arena can really make it difficult to take in all the details.
But LIVE, skating shows are what I prefer. Something seems to be missing when I watch a skating show (like COI and SOI) on TV. I like to watch skating shows in one continuous fashion uninterrupted by television commercials.
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ITA Kwanfan. I couldn't decide which one I love to watch more, because they both offer different things to me. I love to watch show skating for the great performance level and my favorite ol' pros, but competitive skating also offers a certain level of excitement that show skating never will.
Show skating/Pro skaters are for sure my favorite.
Tho I am getting tired of the show skating that has to share the air-time with singers. So far this year the only combo of singers/skaters show that I really enjoyed was the Earth Wind and Fire one.
Competitions are exciting, but especially with the Grand Prix series, I tend to get tired of seeing the same program skated over and over.
Competitive skating is the only way to go. The shows feature boring children's type of music, such as the latest dreck from American Idol. There isn't much you can do to attempt to choreograph a program to something so vile and boring. The odds of getting decent music and choreography are much better at competitions.
Oh, I don't know. I like both for different reasons. I guess I prefer the shows better than competition mainly because I prefer grace on ice over jumping beans on ice.
And I'd watch Brian Boitano all day long. I love to watch him and Kurt skate. They could skate to "Pat A Cake" and I wouldn't care.
Originally Posted by realistic51
"Pat A Cake" would be more interesting and sophisticated than 90 percent of the music that Stars on Ice used last year.
I too enjoy shows for their performance value, but competitions have an edge of your seat value. I think I enjoy the programs of the pros more - at least when they are not pandering to the audience - because I view them as entertainment.
When I watch a competition, I enjoy it as I would any sporting event, especially since I don't 'get' all of the skaters. I find that I'm hashing the minutia and need to watch the 2nd time for enjoyment purposes.
It's almost like comparing apples and oranges.