I found Lambiel interesting and fun but he never moved me. Not more than, say, Buttle, another NA long since jettisoned from the game. Artistic preferences are always going to be subjective, so technical should come first... otherwise I'll have to side with the beer-guzzling football fans and say figure skating is not a sport.
Yes, artistic preferences are subjective, but there will always be skaters that are considered artistic by more people than other skaters. Plus, I'd say most of the time it's quite obvious to which skaters technique is much more important than artistry (some of them try to add some "artistry" as required by COP, because they understand that otherwise they won't get good results), to which both are at least equally important, in which skater's minds "artistry" is all about requirements for PCSs, and in which skater's cases it comes more from themselves - even if many people don't like their artistry.Artistic preferences are always going to be subjective, so technical should come first... otherwise I'll have to side with the beer-guzzling football fans and say figure skating is not a sport.
Yes, figure skating is a sport. Just a different sport than others, including football, exactly because it can also be art. I have to say that I even pity those who can't see it, and those who become figure skaters just because they like the technical side of it - not to offend anyone.
Weir, OTOH, has worked with different choreographers and has his own distinct style - not Russian, but more of a hybrid. Yet he too has plenty of detractors.
Lambiel got himself noticed on the strength of his skating; he's not from a major federation and I doubt he had the sort of politikking power behind him that some skaters did/do. A perception that someone is getting politikked to the top will usually hurt a skater's popularity, whether it's Chan, Lysacek or Plushenko. While Lambiel has at times been generously scored (certainly in his final season), the perception of politikking => his getting top scores just doesn't seem to be there in his case. Like him or not - and I'm an admirer more than a fan - Lambiel is just a special skater; there's nobody else quite like him.
And as others have pointed out, being American has not hurt Michelle Kwan's popularity among fans, both casual and serious.
Lauravvv, I don't think that statement you cite a few posts up is "truth" either. The word "many" is also subjective.
Anyway, I stand by my earlier theory (not "truth," not "fact" but nevertheless a theory)....
Michelle Kwan is winning the ladies poll because of the FSU rule that Kwan must win all polls into which she is entered. <---- This is intended to be a joke, relax, don't shoot me!
Seriously though, MK is a whole other category, or if you prefer, an exception to the rule.
Last edited by Cheylana; 07-21-2012 at 05:55 PM.
If, as I read up. post a few days ago, the majority of FSUers are from NA, why would those people be prejudiced against and necessarily vote out NA skaters? Isn't that a contradiction? I personally couldn't care less what nationality the skater is, I just look at skill and personality. (long live Plushy !!)