It a bit naive to think a skater or skaters will save skating. The sport itself needs to somehow become more appealing to the masses, but it will never be seen as compelling or worth watching as pro sports, even though we think it is. I think people are still impressed by figure skaters, just like they are gymnasts, but it's one of those once-in-a-while sports for them.
Maybe the Jason Brown ponytail will be the new Dorothy Hamill wedge cut.
Figure skating is the same, to me. Skaters are like anyone else in real life, but scrub them up and teach them to match graceful movement to beautiful music, and they are all gorgeous.
Last edited by Mathman; 01-29-2014 at 02:22 PM.
I feel weird about propping up a skater because she's beautiful anyways. Beauty is subjective anyways, and it should be based on talented. Otherwise Korpi would be a multiple world champ!
Nobody knows PRIOR the event.
It can be a CERTAIN MOMENT when quality, flawlessness, poetry and emotion comes together with the helping great response from the audience in the arena.
Yes, also pretty face helps like a catching personality does which not necessarily has anything to do with the real personality of the athlete.
Or a "kid-like" appearance which creates a natural "parent-like" support , or timeless ethernal perfection.
There are quite many candidate who CAN reach all these moments at once in a perfect moment.
Virtue/Moir (if they will have "it" and they are perfect)
(Davis/White can rightfully win but their perfection is not touching somehow)
None of the pairs except (maybe) Pang/Tong if they bring the ceiling down.
So, quite many options, I'm looking forward to!!!!
http://www.insidethegames.biz/blogs/...r RobinCousins, Olympic figure skating gold medalist in 1980, the personality he thinks will captivate the TV viewers will be the defending women's champion Yuna Kim, of South Korea. "She is the grand dame of skating, a beautiful woman on and off the ice. She has such a graceful, classic style."There are some other excellent skaters, notably the Russians, but they are mainly kids. This contest is a woman versus girls and I take the woman to win and become the world's skating sweetheart."
Besides looks and a few other variables the most important thing is that people have to love and adore their actual skating and it helps to already have a big following. I don’t think Gracie or Ashley has that but they both are beautiful girls.
Love Mao, Dai and Yuna but they are already popular in their own country. However, I never see anything on them here in the U.S. advertising wise...like for products.
One word - Li Zijun. If she can land on the podium or became top contender in next quad, she will be big in China (and mat be Asia). She has big potential to be marketable (the same way as Son Yeon Jae), I would bet on her much more than Patrick Chan regarding market in China.