The Olympic Games are a display of the world's finest athletes, but the winter Olympics makes obvious the greatest hoax in sports: figure skating.
Figure skating is subjectively graded, and therefore is not a sport. That may sound like blasphemy, but look at the facts. Figure skating is a contest, and should be held in the same arena as gymnastics, bodybuilding, beauty pageants, and synchronized swimming. An activity only qualifies as a sport if objectivity is the means for declaring a champion. Basically, the clock does not discriminate against athletes from one country or the next. The best athlete wins every single time in sports, something that can't necessarily be said of figure skating.
What exactly is the "best" in figure skating? It depends entirely on your opinion of what the proper routine should be, the best style of jumping and landing, and every other graded area of the activity. Figure skating requires intense practice and enormous levels of skill like the real sports it shares the spotlight with in the Olympics, but it lacks the truly competitive nature of sport. The greats of figure skating (whatever you consider the "greatest" to be) should be admired on a separate platform from hockey players, cross-country skiers, and bobsled teams.
I'll put it to you like this: instead of a uniform, figure skaters wear costumes. You don't play sports while wearing costumes.
Some may argue that referees in games such as hockey have the same influence as judges in figure skating. The difference is that a referee's or an umpire's job is to OBJECTIVELY uphold the rules of the sport. A judge's job is to SUBJECTIVELY grade how much a participant's performance appeals to them. Subjectively graded activities more closely resemble art than sport. Awarding gold medals to figure skaters is no less ridiculous than holding a contest for the best musical performer in the world.
Unfortunately, figure skating will always be a part of the Olympics because it is the highest drawing event. How would you feel about beauty pageant winners wearing gold medals? Probably the same way speed skaters feel about figure skaters wearing the same gold medals that they actually had to beat somebody to earn.