I disagree with your characterizations of both arts and sports fans. From listening to endless commentators on many sports, if most sports fans were only interested in the visuals, there wouldn't be incessant commentary about statistics or the miniscule changes in golfers' swings. Sports fans want to know what and why, or most sports commentators for baseball, rugby, golf, speedskating, or gymnastics (at least as Shewfelt did it). The other thing that commentators emphasize is strategy/approach, and often this leads to a discussion of changes over time in style and philosophy.
As far as !rts fans are concerned, we're not neatly categorized into aesthetes who.look.at the arts with a broad sweep, technique be damned. Some of biggest schisms among fans in music and dance are over style and technique and the extent to which style can be achieved without technique "without" forming a spectrum. Another schism in many arts is over the appriateness of music for the genre. Another is the conservatism of audiences. Another is how much other forms should influence the current form, and at what point does the art stop being itself. Another is the prevalence of big tricks and how they distort/influence/change the balance and focus of the form.
All of these can be applied to skating.