Listen: Hockey, Wall Street Journal And Clementine Parker discussed on Marketplace
"To all things considered from NPR news. More girls are taking the ice not as figure skaters, but as hockey players, it's fun to sky and to get the puck going fast. So. That's Juliet shaker raven and her teammate clementine Parker. They are both ate and you won't catch. Either of them on the ice in sparkly leotards. I don't wanna do is figure skating KYW's. There's music involved in it's hard to do with New York. Yeah. You guys track? You don't wear pants, and if you will hurt would you rather play a game or twelve day? I would rather play a gate. Well, n retake is hockey coach to clementine coach and mom to Juliet. And she's a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who wrote a piece this week titled for many girls figure skating loses its edge to hockey and everything's for coming in. Thank you so much. So we should say you're not a neutral party here. You are a former competitive figure skater turned hockey coach. So you have a bit of an angle on this. Yes. So I grew up just a total ringcraft in the eighties and nineties figure skating was super cool. And I just I love the six AM practices. I love the music all of it. And it was very the line. Were very clearly drawn the girls were over at this sheet of ice during the figure skating and the boys were over here. Stinking up the place doing hockey and today today, there's a lot of girls playing hockey the figure skating ice, there's maybe two or three girls on the ice. But not much more than that, you dug into the numbers for your Wall Street Journal story, how fast is this growing. It kind of started to take off nine hundred ninety eight when the women debuted at the Olympics. And then in the early two thousands the numbers started to really sore when I looked at the USA hockey data. I was really surprised to see like in the last ten years the growth is really skyrocketed like fifty percent. I think a lot of people think of it as a very violent sport where people get injured, and like you take a putt to the face that doesn't deter these girls at all it doesn't. And you know, watching them in coaching them has been so interesting because at the beginning of the season. It's the boys that dominate everything. There's like sixty to eighty boys on the ice and the girls there's many six to ten of them. They kind of seek each other out or co Ed teams. Co Ed teams and then something happens. We have this all girls tournament in February. And it's the first time that they see other teams of all girls, and it's like the power of seeing other female hockey players just like them, they feel like this belongs to them. How much of this is connected to the success of female role models in ice hockey, and the kind of absence of super high profile figure skaters who are dominating the conversation. I think it's huge you know, when the women's Olympic ice hockey."