Is it more difficult to achieve GREATNESS in technique or artistry? What do you think as far as ladies figure skating is concerned? For technique, let's not talk about mastering the triple axel and the quad jumps here for practical reason. Let's just consider all the common elements we see in ladies skating-the triple jumps and combos, spins, footwork, ...etc.
I'd think it's more difficult to be great in artistry (I'm not sure if Michelle has skewed my thinking). Here's my logic:
1. To master the skating technique, a skater can practise and practise till she gets it right. She can practise for hours everyday. In competition, only her nerves and poor physical health can prevent her from pulling off a technically perfect skate. However, I strongly feel you can't say the same about artistry. It has to come from the soul within. A skater cannot practise to get the perfect emotions for her skating. She can't practise to interpret the music correctly because interpretation is subjective and it is different from one skater to another. Now, I'm not an artistic or creative person. I'm rather brute in nature :lol: (probably it explains why I'm not a fan of figure skating especially the men's skating). Anyway, I borrow this reasoning from my personal experience. I can sing reasonably well and I like karaoke. I realise when I practise a song over and over, technically, I can sing great in front of my friends. However, I find it extemely difficult to emote effectively no matter how much I practise. But when I'm down (it doesn't happen often) and I'm alone in my room with soft lighting, I surprisingly can sing sad songs from the heart. I wish I could do it in front of the girls to move them to tears in the karaoke room but I simply cannot pull it off. This is why I feel it's not easy for a skater to express her skating beautifully just from practice. It has to come from the heart which is not easy.
2. Ok, this is debatable. For the past decades, how many Janet Lynns have emerged? Maybe Michelle Kwan and one or 2 other skaters. This goes to show how difficult it is to have skaters who can move millions.:lol: Logical?