I often feel I am defending Ice skating. And if I have to point out to one more person Elvis is the silver medal champ of Martial Arts and a avid Motocrosser I am going to get sick. And also, just because you might be gay, that does not mean that you are not macho - lots of gay guys are macho. I guess people are more comfortable with ladies skating, well I think they look better but as a sport this is way more then any observer ever seems to understand.
As I start explaining or take them to the rink they star to understand, but I don't see how they miss it in the first place. It is on Ice, come on! Are you not understanding that this is an element of movement complication that is having athletes performing moves you can't even come close to doing without the ice and a 2+ inch rise on a thin metal blade that you have not spent your whole life learning to walk on. How can anyone think for a moment that this is not only incredibly foreign to a persons natural physical generality at the same time as they are doing .....eesh. Can I explain it? NO. I guess that is why I ask.
What are the comments that "allow" people to understand this is beyond doing tricks that are performed on the same feet and circumstances that you grew up on? Doing a backflip or spinning on a blade is much more of a "oddity" to anybody's "body" then on the same feet you learned to walk on, period.
Anyhoo, is there anyone with a good comment that has a tendency to stop people in the tracks when they try to patronize Figure skating. I have found the "you try it" comment to be mundane and more insulting then anything, but something like the physics behind ice and why it is "slippery" - to be thought provoking and constructive.
Thoughts, ideas, comments?
I feel if they "could" understand they would have more respect. And due to the fact I am all about NOT being pretentious, this hopefully will bring people closer to the undersanding of a 100% uniquely amazing AND inspiring sport.