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As I was watching the Olympics tonight, a speed skater was interviewed saying her sport was tough, not like figure skating with rhinestones and sequins and pretty little twirls. I have an amazing respect for speed skating and was inspired watching Apolo Ohno become the most decorated winter Olympian, but let's set the record straight—figure skating is way more than rhinestone-glazed costumes and pretty twirls. The skill required to perform any of figure skating's disciplines—singles, pairs, ice dance, or synchronized skating—is incredibly demanding. Figure skating not only requires a high level of physical technique, precision, stamina, speed, strength and determination, but also poise, expression and artistry. To make it to the top you need to be an incredibly strong athlete and look fabulous while doing it. It is so demanding that most skaters, even those not vying for Olympic medals, find themselves devoting their entire lives to skating. Again, nothing against speed skating, but figure skating is definitely not for sissies. We may look pretty in our sparkling costumes but inside, we too, are tough.