In 1991, I wrote my first article for the NY Times called "Stop Freezing Out the Pro Skaters." The reaction was amazing. Without it being my intent, the article and the attention it garnered had made a crack in the power structure of the sport. Pro skaters would eventually be able to compete in the 1994 Lillehammer Figure Skating Olympics. And all I had done was lay out the truth of the situation.
Why should professional skaters not be allowed to compete in the Olympics when professionals from countless other sports did starting in 1986 when the International Olympic Committee changed its regulations to permit “all the world’s great male and female athletes to participate?”