In another thread, a poster related that he/she lost interest in skating. This thread is for anyone who feels that way. What were the reasons you turned away from skating? I am more interested in skating than ever, and TheIronLady has been around the skating block.
One part of skating I no longer watch if I can help it is pairs. From my vantage point as a spectator, pairs has declined somewhat in terms of quality, participation, and interest. Even China, which seemed to have a pairs machine dynasty in the making, has struggled to replenish. I believe pairs was once the romantic part of figure skating, combining danger, symmetry, and the contrast of masculine and feminine aspects of skating. The pairs programs had characters and styles that dance and singles did not. Now to sit through an entire pairs event, one endures a plodding show of disconnected elements. All but the top ranked duos give fatigued performances. It so happens that it involves two skaters, but in most cases today it might as well be two women or two men or whatever. The programs are artless and sexless, even if the costumes are colorful. The men seem to be increasingly burly, which is necessary for achieving higher levels. Meanwhile ice dance has picked up some slack by improving leaps and bounds technically. It has come to resemble the performance chemistry of pairs--with daring and expressive lifts.
Still pairs has become somewhat of a lost art. The top teams are good, but you have to risk boredom to endure a full event. The particular combination of high risk, showmanship, complementary male-female physical dynamics, and seamless skating in sync is not often found in today's pair programs. This is my only serious gripe about IJS. It is not the fault of the top pairs skaters, but it is due to the structure of the programs and the level requirements.
I am more interested than ever in singles and dance. I think IJS should place greater emphasis on jumps by reducing the requirements for spin levels (I am tired of ugly spins), but I love this sport as much as ever. How could you not? If you have lost interest, tell us why. There is so much quality and excellence in men's and ladies' that I fail to understand how anyone who was ever a fan could be bored or turned off.