In the July/August issue of Professional Skater magazine, Executive Director of the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) Jimmie Santee (see right) wrote an editorial about the state of figure skating; specifically, peoples' perception of our sport. Whether it's the Nancy and Tonya saga, or the 2002 Winter Olympics judging scandal, he believed that the integrity of the sport becomes compromised when judges, coaches and skaters are constantly the target of jokes, whether they be from talk show hosts, bloggers or columnists. Now that is not to say that being the butt of these jokes is totally unwarranted -- at times, we ask for it. Jimmie also pointed out that recent news have cast a somber note over the sport, including the alleged rape of a young skater by her coach in Japan, Pasha Grishuk's date rape case, Christopher Bowman's death, and Maxim Staviski's sentence for drunk driving, which put a boy in a coma. Jimmie emphasized that we owe it to ourselves and to our predecessors who worked so hard to bring legitimacy to our sport, to act morally and ethically, and to forgo the idea that all press is good press. Below is the story that he ended with, which I thought was really great:
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."