December 29, 2005

"It's still all nude pumps and suntan pantyhose."

Why do figure skaters dress the way they do? It's not cool and it has no correlation to fashion in general. Why don't they require all the Olympic contenders to wear a solid black unitard? Wouldn't it be nice not to purify the competition and remove the distractions? Or is the absurdity of bugle beads and pirate shirts what we really love about the skating?

18 comments:

Noumenon said...

No one cares about the bugle beads, but don't take away the suntan pantyhose! Female figure skaters have a unique kind of sexy look that I'd like them to keep.

ALH ipinions said...

Oh Ann…perish the thought!

Professional skating is as much a beauty contest (style) as it is an athletic competition (technical skill). And, of course, the revealing outfits have everything to do with appealing to prurient interest in the sport. Indeed, I don’t mind admitting that I would enjoy watching a comely skater with mediocre ability more than a homely one with excellent ability.

“Figure” skating: It is what it is….

TWM said...

Except for when Nancy Carrigan got whacked, I have never watched figure skating. So I thought that part of the judging was based on those silly outfits.

Nick said...

Yes! The puffy shirt! It'll be all the rage!

"But I don't wanna be a pirate!"

Robert said...

There she goes again – the personal attacks that signify a lack of mastery of the craft of debate – or does she consider it “colorful language?” Anyhow “the garb” is like the offering of steaks at a sea food restaurant. Mom and kids have the sea food combo plate which may or may not make them ill. When asked at the office, Dad only knows that his fillet was good. Also, dad likes to look at the figure skaters’ arsses.

Palladian said...

"Also, dad likes to look at the figure skaters’ arsses."

The men's or the women's arses?

Personally, I'd like to see those hunky male skaters with their huge legs in spandex unitards (is that a real word?)

And what about same-sex pairs as a part of the competition?

Jake said...

It is obvious that the reporter has never been to a national figure skating event. The stands are crammed with girls under 13. From what I have seen, the skaters' costumes are a big draw for these girls.

Ann Althouse said...

"Is that a real word?" Don't be such a unitard!

Susan said...

Actually wearing a unitard is specifically forbidden for competitions, but you can see them in exhibitions and professional skating.

I think the costumes are in part a result of the influence of the old Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries whose skaters and judges seem to love the most God awful tacky costumes. Michelle Kwan has been able to get away with her simple, elegant Vera Wangs because she's so good she can say to the Eastern European judges, "I don't care if you like frills, boas and spangles, this is how a skater should look".

Beachcomber said...

See, here's the difference between figure skating and sports such as downhill skiing. The results in skating are subjective, while the results in downhill skiing are objective. I don't really follow figure skating, but can only assume that the competitors believe that the style of costumes worn influence the judging in some small way. If that's the case, then costuming becomes part of the competitive process.

tiggeril said...

Aw. I like the cheesy costumes. They're so... guileless.

I'm actually surprised at how many name designers make the costumes. I'd think that they'd consider figure skating too déclassé for them.

James Wigderson said...

Can we just abolish the figure skating competition and have more time for the hockey instead?

Slac said...

Anybody here seen "The Cutting Edge?"

You don't want your skate to get caught in your partner's Lederhosen.

Drew W said...

None of this explains why last week I found myself watching Bravo's cablecast of "A Salute To Earth Wind & Fire On Ice" while I was wrapping Christmas presents. It was especially disappointing that a) Bravo has fallen so very far from its origins as a classy arts channel and b) that professional ice skaters -- and not the members of Earth Wind & Fire -- would be the ones spinning around the rink on skates.

Most skating costumes are truly baffling to the layman, like ballroom dancers' costumes. Still, the delightful Kristi Yamaguchi was attired quite alluringly in some rock'n'skates special I saw a few years ago. On the other hand, she couldn't play "Shining Star."

knoxgirl said...

It's so funny you would write this, because yesterday I was flipping through the channels and got sucked into "Ballroom Bootcamp"... I was thinking, "these costumes are SO horrendous, not to mention gaudy and distracting, they need to just wear black unitards."

But I guess you have to take into account the sport or whatever, itself, and that explains it.

"A Salute To Earth Wind & Fire On Ice" ...LMAO!!

Pantyhoser said...

I like pantyhose.

Erikk9 said...

"It's still about sunTan Pantyhose." I agree. And I think it is a GREAT thing!

Figure skating is all about beauty. To, well obviously MANY millions of people throughout the world, there is nothing more beautiful than a lovely female in a leotard and silky Pantyhose. Please keep in mind, this is not coming from my mind as only an erotic thought, but one of poetry, beauty, ART!

What they do on the ice is amazing, and as they look so smooth in such efforts, whilst wearing Satin leotards and smooth Pantyhose- that only adds to the beauty. We are human and are supposed to like it.

If by any chance anyone is thinking about "someone liking Pantyhose only as some kind of different fetish"- It has been studied that:
"Because it is not in the media anymore, it is only seen as a fetish object. Therefore if you were to let just anyone know that you really liked ‘this’, you would be seen as TELLING OF SOMETHING SUPER PRIVATE or giving visions that you can only function sexualy with this certain object. Sheer Pantyhose as we know them today have only been around and popular since the 60’s, so they are very young compared to stockings and, well nudity. With the internet and great “fashion forward” companies/models/& well dressed people in general that are not afraid to say, “Yes, of course I like something sheer, silky, smooth, skin-tight, see-through & alluring- that is why they are made that way, for we humans to be attracted to them!” – Pantyhose will be considered as the obvious sensual attire they are!

Let's make this world a silkier place! So happy that figure skating outfits are so gorgeous and alluring. If you are 'attracted' to them, it only means- that you are human! Would you rather see the girls do their routine in baggy sweat-pants? ( ! )

Jeff said...

I can't believe the 'upset' that the skating costumes have generated in the comments I read on this blog. Leave skating alone - and the costumes - and enjoy like theater, sometimes it's "theater of the absurd", granted, but costumes are up to the skater, coach, choreographer and costumer, not YOU or most anyone else, as long as they adhere to any rules imposed by the sport and its regulators.

Skating is great, just look at what some of the Figure skaters can do...it staggers my mind, and I've tried ice (figure) skating.