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Long live the Kiss 'N Cry in figure skating

Updated: February 25, 2010, 5:58 PM ET
By Patrick Hruby

The music is pretentious. The costumes -- princess, ice princess, cocktail waitress/princess -- are frilly. The commentary can try the soul. He two-footed the quad! Still, there's one endearing, enduring quality that lifts Olympic figure skating beyond "Blades of Glory" ridiculousness and into the realm of must-watch athletic spectacle.

The inevitable waterworks.

Blubbery joy. Weeping despair. Dignified, corner-of-the-eye misting. Figure skating runs the salty-wet gamut, ...

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