Skating is not meant to conjure images of inline skating. The 1990s have come and gone. No, skating here means of the ice variety, the kind with a single skater or a pair of the opposite sex wowing the crowd with 360-degree jumps, spins challenging event the audience’s sense of balance, and death spirals. Skating tickets to see these incredible exhibitions are available to watch as the skaters are judged by a panel or to see a show purely produced to demonstrate the beauty of the sport.
When being judged, for instance in the Winter Olympics Games, they are critiqued on a six-point scale. The technical merit, required elements, and presentation factor into the score. The 21st century has seen a return to the scoring becoming the focus of criticism and conspiracy theorists, leaving the days of Nancy Kerrigan and Tanya Harding. The memorable ice skaters from the Olympics often find themselves performing at ice shows afterward and they tend to be particular busy during the holiday season and the proceeding winter months. Every four years ice racing joins this category, with trials and the actual Olympics dominating the ice speed scene. These skaters do not go on to a similar gig performing before thousands of enthusiasts.