Archive Courtney Byer

2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships - Day 4
Local Figure Skaters Defend Sport Status: ‘People Don’t Understand It’

I’m a living cliché of a Canadian who can ice skate better than I walk. I was 3 years old the first time I stepped onto a rink and I hated it. I constantly tripped over my two left feet. Fast forward 17 years though, and I have fallen in love with the sport.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that there’s even a debate about it, but yes, figure skating is a sport. If the 2015 World Championships, currently happening in Shanghai isn’t enough reason to convince you, then keep reading. I may be biased, but I personally take issue with the main argument that just because judges are in charge of scoring, figure skating cannot be considered an official sport.