Besides, the discussion really started out about who looks the most confident on the ice - and someone said Alissa looks nervous.
It IS important in figure skating. If you want a sport where how you present yourself doesn't matter, figure skating is probably not the place to go.
Maybe it's not the MOST important thing (Lord knows how many skaters have won competitions in fugly costumes) but I can't think of a sport where it is more important.
And as for whether the women care more about how they look than the men - Ha.
I wonder how much Evan payed Vera Wang for his Olympic costume? And how long did discussions around here go on about whether Johnny's costumes added or took away from his skating and whether they made him more of a "girly" skater or whatever it was. I would bet the men care and - a lot - about their image on the ice.