Should Figure Skaters Wear Uniforms Instead of Costumes?

Should Figure Skaters Wear Uniforms Instead of Costumes?

With the Winter Olympics underway and figure skating always the big ratings-grabber, ESPN.com has re-upped a December piece from columnist Paul Lukas that argues figure skaters should wear uniforms like all the other Olympics competitors do, instead of costumes. He contends that the glam costumes and makeup, as well as the emphasis on artistry -- which is actually part of the judging -- give ammunition to people who charge that figure skating is really more something like musical theater or performance art instead of a sport. He writes: "There's no doubt that figure skaters are tremendously athletic performers, but hey, so are modern dancers and we don't call that a sport." For Lukas, wearing uniforms would take away the glamour and glitz and put focus on the skaters' athletic feats. He suggests a unitard with the name of the athlete's country and maybe a number, and adds: "Surely Nike or Under Armour could design something with a bit of flair while keeping it sporty and classy."

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