FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) - Competition in the 204 Sochi Winter Olympic Games begins in just two days when men's figure skating takes the ice.
As Alena Lunin, Skating Director at the Lutheran Health SportsCenter explains, there is just something special about the sport of figure skating.
"When you start skating, it's a different feeling you know? You feel speed and flying, which is you know you have to try it."
Figure skating was the first winter sport added to the Olympics back in 1908. Since then, it has become arguably one of the most popular spectator sports, thanks to its beauty and showmanship.
"It's beautiful spins, jumping ability, grace beauty, performance, musicality, dance," explains Lunin. "It's lifts, it's throws. It's something that it inspire to you when you're watching that sport."
But becoming an Olympic-caliber figure skater is no easy task.
"First of all, it's years. You know you have to start early between ages of 4 to 8, that's where you want to start. You start learning where you learn to skate while all the other kids are around. And then if you like the sport, you move on with the skills through the program."
As Lunin explains, that is when the dedication begins.
"You start taking lessons with instructors who are constantly giving you corrections and detailed corrections - what needs to be fixed and guide you through the sport."
Even with the opening ceremonies happening Friday, all eyes will be focused on the ice this Thursday when Olympic figure skating competition begins. But what it all comes down to is what the judges see.
"The scoring system changed in figure skating in the last 10 years to change the sport a bit. The sport become more difficult for the athletes. It's more variety to see on the spins-wise, on transitions-wise, on components, skating skills, how you move around the ice. Performance - how you perform actually your program. Interpretation of your music and choreography - how well your choreography is laid out through the program. So all those things are important now for you to score high."
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