In case my reader is unaware…..the 23rd Olympics is in full swing (the US is not doing so well)….one of the more popular events of the Olympics is figure skating (I had rather watch Curling)…..but this sport has a darker side (not the same as the darker side of gymnastics)…..eating disorders…..
Figure skating….all the beauty and grce hides some ugly side effects…..
The figure skating competition has grabbed headlines at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
However, two competitors who made huge impact four years ago are absent from the Games.
US skater Gracie Gold, 18 at the Sochi Olympics four years ago, seemed destined for bigger things after winning team bronze, while 15-year-old Russian skater Yulia Lipnitskaya dazzled the crowds with her flexibility, grace and technique on the way to gold.
But due to eating disorders, both have quit the sport permanently.
Not something they want to hype for the games for it may dampen the enthusiasm for the games. That is the ugliness……image is more important the sport.
Doping is not the worse thing that could happen to a competitor.
Body image is a real problem apparently….I even heard an announcer comment that one of the curlers had to lose 30 lbs if he wanted to be on the team….really? You have to have 6 pack abs to slide a stone down the ice?