Article: Macho men do figure skate

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Sylvia

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  2. joeperryfan

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    Sometimes I think about this issue, and even though they raise good points, I think the stigma isn't necessarily the main reason for the small number of boys. I mean, gymnastics isn't precisely effeminate, IMO, and there aren't many boys there either.

    Guys prefer team sports, their fathers do to and prefer them to play them, also it's more likely for a hockey player to get to a point were he actually makes money out of the sport than a figure skater. I'm not aware of the cost of practicing hockey, but I'm guessing it must be cheaper than skating. Another possible reason is that at the age that most boys take up figure skating they are at a stage where girls are hickey and have cooties... I mean, they wouldn't feel comfortable in a group of them. When it's all added up it's easier to see why they don't take up the sport.