The fact Longman has covered figure skating for more than 20 years, is kind of embarrassing in that what he's actually learned of substance about the sport over that time doesn't appear to be very substantial or enlightening.
You may ask, "What do I have against Jere Longman?" Not much since I really don't know him. And the cited article in NYT is not completely awful -- it's fair to middling as figure skating articles go these days in the popular media. OTOH, it is somewhat irritating when journalists (including Mr. Longman) take the easy way out in their research and writing, with fairly often offering up pap, hype, fluff, cliches, and/ or ignorance and nose-in-the air commentary. If you say we can find the same on FSU at times, sure, but it's not journalism, and quite often on here there are wonderful writers who truly have something instructive and informative to say about figure skating.
Anyone who thinks "Ice Dance" should not be in the Olympics, truthfully I don't really want to hear them say why. That's very close to them claiming figure skating isn't really a sport and also should not be in the Olympics. In fact, I think there is such a thing as DanceSport which should be included in the Summer Olympics! Just sayin ...