The Winter Olympics come to a close this weekend so if you have any opinions on ice or snow-related sports, now is the time to get them off. So let's talk about figure skating and whether or not it should exist as a competitive sport.
The cons of professional figure skating seem to really outweigh the pros. Just look at the mess created at this Olympics. Kamila Valieva, a 15-year old Russian, failed a drug test and was still allowed to compete. The only caveat was that if she won (which she did) there wouldn't be a medal ceremony. This was especially wild when compared to what happened with Sha'Carri Richardson last summer.
So what about the feel-good figure skating stories? Here's what 17-year old Russian Alexandra Trusova said after winning the silver medal last night. Via Rueters:
"Everyone has a gold medal, everyone, but not me. I hate skating. I hate it. I hate this sport. I will never skate again. Never."
Imagine how bad the girls who didn't medal must feel. Maybe competitive figure skating was a mistake. The most famous story in the sport's history is one woman having her ex-husband attack her biggest competition and future Olympic teammate with a pipe.
People forget that! Just something to consider as you mindlessly enjoy the beauty of ice dancing.