Seriously, and I'm not hating. Figure skaters perform these amazing feats of athleticism. Their jumps and turns and spins and the sheer speed at which they perform these acts are stunning. The movement and flexibility and sheer mastery of their sport is the stuff of inspiration and motivation.
All of the above is ruined, sheerly destroyed, because some sort of commercial culture that necessitates that they mix athleticism with showmanship. The sport is dumbed down to be crowd pleasing to a mass audience. As if the fluid motion on the ice did not dazzle, rhinestones, organza, and fur are added to bedazzle.
Don't get me wrong here. I understand the economic necessities from years of coaching and the time sacrificed in the pursuit of something one loves. I totally get that this is more than your sport, it's your livelihood and career.
Look at it from a different point of view. Just answer one question and think about your answer:
What if you dressed like an athlete and collected some Nike money instead of dressing like a tawdry showgirl to collect your sparkly spandexy little Vera Wang number?
And again, I'm not hating on you. I'm just trying to help.