Rules of being a good figure skating fan

Do you agree or disagree?

1. You watch figure skating during non-Olympic years.

2. A skater’s nationality has no part in deciding whether you like their skating

3. You get annoyed at most of the commentators. Especially the ones who don’t shut up. Or any commentary for a national competition.

4. You surprise your friends with your knowledge of classical music.

5. You love skaters but you aren’t afraid of criticizing their skating. You do it because you want them to do their best.

6. You have favourite skaters in every discipline and favourite programs for each discipline.

7. You know that figure skaters are wayyy better at skating than hockey players and that figure skating is a sport (as well as an art), despite what anyone says.

8. You’re willing to stay up ridiculously late to watch a competition happening in a very different timezone.

9. You understand that figure skating is very objective, therefore you shouldn’t take flamers and haters seriously. Like those crazy Maobots and Yunabots out there. (You can even put me in this category if you want, but I don’t think I’ve gone to terrible extremes…)

10. You know or are starting to know all the jumps and can tell them apart.

11. You understand that figure skating costumes can get pretty crazy out there, so you’ve built up a resistance to them. If not, you might just go insane.

(I wanted to put a picture of the dancing cats from the Olympic season but any videos or pictures of that particular free dance has completely disappeared. Help me find it?)

12. You look forward to winter despite the cold and the dark and gloomy days.

Have any more rules you want to share? Post ’em in the comments below!

~The Rinkside Cafe


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 12:43:55

    I sort of disagree with #2. A lot of fans will favor skaters from their own country. In particular, if you’ve attended a national championship in a country where that’s a big deal, you tend to know your own country’s skaters a little better than the others and be more inclined to cheer for them internationally. It’s more like, nationality won’t *prevent* a good fan from liking a skater or disliking one. A good fan isn’t blindly patriotic.

    For some of us, the crazy costumes are part of the fun.

    Most of the good fans I know have some understanding of the scoring (even the ones who think it’s too complicated or unfair), can guess a skater’s placement before the official scores come up, and have an opinion about what a skater’s score should be.

    Good fans know the names of coaches as well as skaters and know which skaters train with which coaches.


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