Figure skating is my favorite event of the Winter Olympics. The grace and creativity matched with the athleticism of the skaters awes me, not to mention the difficulty of gliding on ice with centimeter thick blades. I'm certain it takes countless hours, weeks, and years of practice to even come close to acquiring the type of skill the Olympians posses. For most of them, it takes ample sacrifice as well. We've all heard stories of young Chinese athletes, who give up any aspect of a normal life at an early age. They leave their families and schools and head to the Olympic headquarters where they devote their lives to a sport. From then on it is living and breathing figure skating, which predominates their lives. That defines sacrifice to me.