What determines if a person is a figure skater? Do you have to have a figure to skate, or does one have to be able to figure, (you know..1+5=6). Several times I recall people saying, “Go figure.” Does it mean go figure skating or go somewhere and figure? What if you don’t have a figure? Will you still be able to skate? I would think so, but not at a figure skating rink. What type of figure does a figure skater have to have? Is there a standardized cut out of the qualifying figure posted at all skating rinks to see if you have the proper figure? I believe if you have a figure, and can figure, surely you would be considered a figure skater.