My wife is an ex-competitive skater of 12+ years. She lived the lifestyle, grew up on the ice, modified school schedule, traveling, trained with Tanya, Rudy, a lot of the big names. So....needless to say, I have to watch some of it.
It hard to appreciate without understanding the details. They're judged on things that most of us can't see. Very technical. I learned to enjoy some of it.
You gotta hand it to them for the falls they take.