New article entitled: 'Evan Lysacek says men's skating has X Games appeal'. It reads:-
Figure skating - an Extreme Sport? Given the fall Ashley Wagner suffered in the Grand Prix Final and the problems she has had with the injury since, it certainly has its dangers and comes with considerable injury potential. Hence, if it is an Extreme Sport, then its not just Men's skating that has X Games appeal, but all figure skating (Men's, Ladies, Pairs), apart from Ice Dance."People easily identify a snowboarder or an aerial skier as extreme, dangerous even to the point of death-defying tricks they're doing, but they don't necessarily identify a skater as that and what we're doing is much more dangerous if you're just basing it on rotation alone," Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic champion, said Sunday.
"The truth is the skills and tricks that the best guys in the world are doing are the most extreme tricks of any sport on any apparatus in the world. Am I wrong – 1,440 degrees of rotation is a quad. What other sport does that? Maybe a few divers did that in London off a three-story dive, but we're doing it on two feet."
Lysacek has a point, one further underscored by the number of the world's top male skaters who are landing quads at a dizzying rate. In Saturday's European championships, Spain's Javier Fernandez landed three quads in his free skate to win the title. The top four men in the competition nailed eight quads total.