Olympians Slam Anchor for Saying Figure Skating Is "Not a Sport"

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American figure skaters Vincent Zhou and Chris Knierim and Canadian figure skater Jeffrey Buttle shot back with their own takes on the local reporter's opinion.

A Texas-based local sports anchor incurred the wrath of several Olympians on Monday when he argued that figure skating is "not a sport" on Twitter.

Edward Egros, a weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter at Dallas' Fox 4, started a debate on Twitter when he responded to a tweet from another user that stated an activity which required an athlete to choose a song was not a sport, but an "art." "THANK YOU! I have the utmost respect for figure skaters, only a few people in the universe can do it and they deserve my praise. But it’s not a sport," Egros tweeted.

Vincent Zhou, a member of the 2018 U.S. Olympic team in figure skating and the 2017 World Junior Champion, quickly responded. The Olympian embedded Egros' tweet and wrote, "Your job is to be a sports reporter. Figure skating is not a sport to you. Stick to reporting on 'real sports', do your job, and we'll do ours."

Chris Knierim, one half of an American pair skating team performing in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, replied to Zhou's tweet with, "You tell him Vincent!!" and a GIF of Will Smith.

Canadian figure skater Jeffrey Buttle, a 2006 Olympics bronze medalist and 2008 World Champion, also chimed in, replying to Egros, "Does that logic apply to all of the 'sports' that include any degree of subjectivity. Any sport with an umpire, a ref, or an adjudicator. I have seen so many bad calls, many result-impacting in hockey, soccer, American football, boxing, etc. Ur opinion is urs, I disagree w it."

As of Tuesday, Egros was still defending his claim despite pushback from figure-skating heavyweights. "You want some people to react vociferously on #Twitter without discussing controversial political takes? Say figure skating isn’t a sport," he wrote in one tweet. "Because I don’t think figure skating is a sport, I think like a caveman. Nevermind the semantic or linguistic reasons, I set humankind back epochs!!!" he added in another.

Read the exchanges, and some further defenses, below.