I'm not trying to be a smart a$$. I am lucky that I get so much of my artistic wants living in the Big Apple and those wants are quite satisfactory. Figure Skating shows just don't do it for me. I feel like I'm seeing the same things over and over again. After the first intermission, I'm ready to go home. I do enjoy the TV versions though. They pass the time without the schlep to a theatre.
Originally Posted by Mathman
I do love figure skating competition and I go live whenever I can, then having taped it, I check it out again at home for the closeups.
MM - I really didn't answer your question. Just ranted on about my artistic preferences. Silly me.
Any kind of endeavour by a serious student carries the danger of failure, unfortunately. The goals can be and usually are problematic in academia as well as in sports. What to do if I don't succeed at what I want to do?
In sports it's even tougher for the athlete who was successful but at some point age creeps in and retirement at an early age has to be faced. What to do now?
No easy answers. retiring figure skaters can think about coaching,choreogaphing,writing,designing, or like the Kwans, go into the business. Others finish schooling and become something totally different from skating stars. (Albright, Thomas, etc.)
There is in the Dance World an organization which helps retiring dancers to find other fields of endeavour. There are lots of fund raisers to support this organization. Maybe there should be something like that for figure skating.
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