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Spandex, sparkle, and pure athleticism: A photo history of figure-skating fashion

Marc Bain
Spandex, sparkle, and pure athleticism: A photo history of figure-skating fashion

In frigid, mountainous Pyeongchang, South Korea, most of the athletes in the 2018 winter Olympics will be wearing warm (or even self-heating) uniforms. The figure skaters, however, will take the ice in costumes. The distinction matters. Unlike other sports, where the clothes are designed for utility more than appearance, in figure skating the costumes are…