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Thread: Why is pairs skating the least popular of the 4 disciplines amongst fans?

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    It's the cheesiest/campiest of the four disciplines by far. The pairs are sort of ice dancing, but they're not really dancers, and jumps just look absurd when you have a guy throwing a woman into the next time zone. I often find myself cracking up when watching pairs skating, and I don't think I'm alone. It's good for entertainment value (in all the wrong ways) but not for being taken seriously.

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    I don't know about the US, but Pairs skating has always been popular in Canada. We have had and still have some wonderful pair teams. The great Robert Paul and Barbara Wagner of Canada were the gold medal Olympic winners in the 1960 Olympics. They were 5 times Canadian champions and 4 time world champions and 3 times North American champions. I love watching the pairs discipline. It takes two really strong single skaters to make a successful pairs team. It is also one of the most dangerous disciplines of skating. It takes years for teams to really gel and become top teams. At one time of course, Russia dominated pairs skating, but as I say over the years Canada has had its share of really great pairs teams.

    Here is a clip of the great Robert Paul and Barbara Wagner on Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJAIzqwSYcg

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    Bump, You must be kidding of course. Pairs skating is in a class of its own. These skaters are serious about their discipline and take high risks. It is far from "cheesy" as you say. Obviously you know little about figure skating. Sorry I had to jump in here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladskater View Post
    Bump, You must be kidding of course. Pairs skating is in a class of its own. These skaters are serious about their discipline and take high risks. It is far from "cheesy" as you say. Obviously you know little about figure skating. Sorry I had to jump in here.
    Obviously, it takes a lot of training to do what pairs skaters do. That doesn't mean it looks any less hilarious than it actually does. Don't get me wrong, I love watching it. The camp/cheese factor is AMAZING. I wish it was more popular in the states, actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bump View Post
    Obviously, it takes a lot of training to do what pairs skaters do. That doesn't mean it looks any less hilarious than it actually does. Don't get me wrong, I love watching it. The camp/cheese factor is AMAZING. I wish it was more popular in the states, actually.
    I wonder watching what kind of pairs put this effect on you

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