In my opinion, the television stations that broadcast the major figure skating competitions would be doing themselves, and especially the fans, a huge favor by reducing the number of those lengthy "up close and personal" bio pieces that have become such a large part of those programs.
For example, I've seen just about enough of the syrupy bios of Michael Weiss with his wife and kids. I'm not bashing Michael Weiss, but if another one of those bios is broadcast at US Nationals or any other competition he's in, I'm changing the channel for five minutes. Enough is enough, already. :banging:
Honestly, is anybody out there really that interested in every little detail of the skater's personal lives? Sure, it's nice to receive a small amount of background on the top skaters, but all of the major figure skating magazines carry in-dept interviews that go far beyond the bios presented by television, as far as detailed information is concerned. Hardcore figure skating fans can read all they want to about the skaters from these publications, as well as from a host of websites.
When it comes to the competitions, I want to see as many skaters perform as possible. Let's see more than the medal contenders for a change. Let's at least see a few of the skaters from the second to last flight.