You do bring up an interesting point. With all the disciplines within "figure" skating there is nothing at all that just hilights jumps and spins except (as you mentioned "fluf events" that aren't ment to be taken seriously.In all of those disciplines, the actual skating is paramount. In none of them, not even singles and pairs freestyle, is there an important event for highlight tricks only with actual skating irrelevant.
Well.... if you notice, they kind of took the figures out (at least at an "official" level). So "figure" skating is a bit of a misnomer nowadays. And if the name of the sport can be tweaked (as it seems it can be) ....I say we do the same for the "skating" part as well.... To quote Julliet, "What's in a name?"The sport of figure skating is the sport of figure skating.
And, of course, for people who don't want to do the "tricks" (jumps & sins) they have a discipline called dance.
For limited tricks but heavy skating skills you have theatrical (showcase).
But for nothing for heavy tricks but limited/no "skating" skills. (And I don't mean that these people don't have skating skills. It's obvious that you need a certain degree of "skating" tallent to do decent tricks. But chatows in both directions and twizzles in both directions.) ....Um.....Seems like a "trick" catagory would be a fairly relevant catagory. So why no catagory?
This all Begs the Question: What, exactly, does "figure" skating fear (and I do smell fear) about letting people just do tricks (and dumping the corresponding twizzles in both directions)....That the flashy tricks will overshadow the acutal "beautiful" edgework and eventually that (the tricks) is all people will want to see and/or do? (At ice shows the non-skaters are usually not there to just watch the ice dancers. Most of them do want to see the tricks because they are flashy.)
And no, I can't start my own event. You know very well that is exactly like a mom crossing her arms over her chest and telling her 10 year-old daughter she can either follow her rules or move out and get her own place.
And the fact remains, you can (and will) tell me I'm wrong all day long.....But not wanting an event for only tricks and not removing the MITF or allowing them to be elective.....On some level you (the powers that be in "iceland") are scared of something. (I'm just not sure what it is.)