I don't think figure skating is equated to sex, relative to other sports. I've shown men pictures of girls doing bielmann spins/spirals, and they don't get aroused. What really sets off the bow-chika-wow-wow are gymnasts wearing those wedgie leotards. The pictures aren't even of gymnasts doing tricks. They're just standing around, turned away from the camera ...
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In my perspective, it comes down to how well the skater interprets the music and if the movement feels organic and if the skater is giving it everything they've got. I welcome all styles and feel it is a little narrow-minded to criticize someone solely for being overtly sexy. Although I have some issues with Alena's program, the concept of it is a great one for her and I believe many of the poses do favorably add to the interpretation of the music. Her movements bring to life the picture of a wanton woman seducing and/or challenging someone. If people feel uncomfortable with this material, I think it is probably time for them to have a fun night out and release some inhibitions...
Originally Posted by skatinginbc
I also am not crazy about Alena's short program. I find it cheezy (in a Candoloro kind of way) and it seems like she rushes through everything to make time at the end for the step sequence. But I appreciate that she tries to stand out, that she doesn't just skate around with beautiful music in the background. And I agree with Blades that this is the right type of program for her; being able to show her personality seems to bring up the quality of her overall skating.