Figure skating is my favorite Olympic sport of all time by a wide margin. Specifically women's figure skating. Well, "specifically" is the wrong word here. I should say "exclusively." I exclusively enjoy women's figure skating. Sorry if that sounds sexist, fellas, but there are just some sports that suit one sex better than the other. Figure skating requires grace and elegance and all that other shit the Brian Boitanos of the world don't possess. For some reason, watching men figure skate always feels like a parody to me. Like I'm watching an outtake from Blades of Glory or something.
So I guess it's more a personal preference than anything. Whatever the case, if you ask me, I say it just does not get better than women's figure skating when it comes to Olympic events.
For one thing, it's almost impossible to predict who's going to win. Favorites mean nothing, because all it takes is angling your ankle 1/16 of a degree in the wrong direction for it all to come crashing down. No matter how great you are, if you jump in the air with blades on your feet and land on ice enough times, you're going to fall. And make no mistake, it's what happens in the Olympics that will determine how the rest of the world views you for the rest of your days. Want me to prove it? No problem.
Quick! Name the greatest Asian-American female figure skater of all time. I included the "Asian-American" part more as a clue than anything, and I'm guessing it led a lot of you to yell out "Kristi Yamaguchi" as your final answer.
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Bobbleheads are for finishers!
Don't get me wrong, the Guch was pretty good. She won the figure skating world championship twice and the U.S. championship once.
Not too shabby, but it's not shit compared to Michelle Kwan, who racked up an astounding five world championships and eight U.S. championships on her way to becoming the most decorated women's figure skater in U.S. history.
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