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297 authenticity - Legal 297 Authenticity When thinking...

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Authenticity When thinking about what is authentic, one thinks of what is real or true. Something that is authentic isn’t being forced or is posed, but instead it’s natural and genuine. In Raquel Z. Rivera’s essay, New York Ricans From the Hip Hop Zone she compares the authenticity of New York Latinos and African Americans in the hip hop world. She analyzes the similarities and differences between the groups, which made me think of two groups I am involved with in figure skating. Being a member of the figure skating world for over fourteen years, I learned the difference between different types of skaters and skating. In figure skating there are two different programs one can join, they are US Figure Skating (USFS) and the Ice Skating Institute (ISI). When I began skating, I had no idea that there were multiple organizations, and that within these organizations there were so many differences. From my experience and observation, to a competitive figure skater, US Figure Skating is the more authentic organization. US Figure skating was founded in 1921, and has since become one of the strongest and largest governing bodies within the winter Olympic movement. US Figure skating is also a part of the International Skating Union (ISU), which is the international federation for figure skating, and is also a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. This means that members of US Figure Skating have the potential to compete at international competitions including the Grand Prix series, the World Championships and the Olympic games. On the other hand, ISI was established in 1959, and promotes ice-skating as a recreational sport. ISI hosts four recreational skating
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course LEGAL 297 taught by Professor Kelleher during the Fall '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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