When Techne trumps Beauty

Not a real fan of figure skating, but I appreciate the beauty and skill of the sport. More interesting to me was the NYT write-up of last night’s hullabaloo. It included the following quote, which suggests the challenges to beauty that modernity’s over-quantifying might pose:

“Sotnikova’s skating appears tailor made for the current scoring system, a kind of scavenger hunt for accumulated points that, some experts have complained, favors mathematics at the expense of artistry.”

And this one:

“While Sotnikova’s skating is not as aesthetically pleasing as Kim’s, her athletic style “checks off every box” and “does everything the judges are looking for,” said Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic champion.”


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