Figure Skating is basically ballet on ice. It's graceful, it's physically demanding and it's amazing to look at. Also, unlike ballet, it counts as a sport of some reason. Then again, if curling is a sport, anything can be. However, figure skating is a lot more delicate and dignified than curling could ever manage to be.
Except for the times when the camera captures all the awkward moments of skating! Then these skaters look no more graceful than the regular Joe (or Olympic curling athlete). So when you watch these skaters do Triple Helix Double Matrix No Caffeine Latte or whatever, remember that they look goofy at times.