A local sports anchor in Texas angered the Olympic figure skating community when he suggested that the event was “not a sport.”
Fox-4 Dallas’ reporter Edward Egros made the statement via Twitter on Monday as skaters were competing in this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Egros claimed in a follow-up tweet that figure skating was “too subjective” to “have quantifiable metrics that determine a winner” and so was “an art form.”
“Still, figure skating is really hard,” he added.
Egros’ comments did not go over well with Winter Olympians, past and present.
Zhou’s teammate Chris Knierim agreed:
Retired Canadian figure skater Jeffrey Buttle, who nabbed bronze in the individual men’s event at the 2006 Turin games in Italy, also clapped back.
Egros appeared unfazed by the attention, however, and stuck to his guns: