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sk9tingfan
06-02-2010, 04:19 PM
Thought I would be provocative! :P

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1640518/20100601/story.jhtml

Seems that his high school friends had no idea that he was a competitive figure skater.

Is duplicity still dogging him???

Nan
06-02-2010, 04:30 PM
I think there are a lot of things you don't necessarily share with the people you know in high school. I belonged to several square dance clubs and traveled all over the US with my parents and their friends to attend big gatherings and conventions and none of the kids I went to school with knew anything about it. :sekret:

no one knew I roller skated, either...

ros01
06-02-2010, 04:34 PM
It's too bad he felt like he had to hide it. I hope everyone was supportive after his principal told them! I went to high school with an internationally competitive swimmer, and we all knew and were constant cheerleaders for him. (At the same time, I can see how it might get old being asked about it or just known as the athlete all the time.)

PDilemma
06-02-2010, 04:38 PM
I taught a girl who was a competitive skater. The other kids didn't really care. It wasn't a school sport and therefore it was meaningless to them. They didn't understand the demands on her or bother to try and understand. Nor did they care about the sport at all. And that response would probably be magnified if it were a boy. You get far more mileage in high school out of being a basketball star that will never play a second beyond the high school level.

I also went to high school with a competitive gymnast who was an alternate for the 1988 Olympic team. Not only did no one make a big deal of it, she seemed to prefer that no one did. She was my biology lab partner and other than sometimes mentioning that she had to get to the gym after school, she didn't want to talk about that or have anyone make a fuss over it.

So I'm not sure Evan was engaged in some big "duplicity". It was probably just how it was.

taz'smum
06-02-2010, 04:49 PM
I'm not sure it's duplicity, just that most skaters realise very early on that other kids aren't really interested in what they do in their 'skating world' as they can't really relate to it. Consequently skaters learn not to talk about it in school.

Cosmic Connect
06-02-2010, 05:24 PM
Evan went to Jr. Worlds for the first time at 15 and finished second behind Johnny. It was televised. He was also gone from school for a week. I find it hard to believe no one knew at that point.

StonewshMullet
06-02-2010, 05:27 PM
Jr. Worlds is not the same thing as a Senior level event. Its usually televised on one of the PMS networks which makes it easy to miss.

chipso1
06-02-2010, 05:31 PM
Evan went to Jr. Worlds for the first time at 15 and finished second behind Johnny. It was televised. He was also gone from school for a week. I find it hard to believe no one knew at that point.

And how many 15-year olds watch Lifetime?

Jenny
06-02-2010, 05:36 PM
Evan went to Jr. Worlds for the first time at 15 and finished second behind Johnny. It was televised. He was also gone from school for a week. I find it hard to believe no one knew at that point.

I was also thinking about the time he must have missed - surely his teachers knew about it, and it's a wonder the other kids didn't question it. All the time spent at the rink would have also taken him away from the usual round of social activities.

TalentedButHumble
06-02-2010, 05:37 PM
Many, many,many skaters have said their outside peers didn't know about their skating. Just recently D/W and V/M have said other people at their colleges didn't know.

PDilemma
06-02-2010, 05:54 PM
I was also thinking about the time he must have missed - surely his teachers knew about it, and it's a wonder the other kids didn't question it. All the time spent at the rink would have also taken him away from the usual round of social activities.

In a high school with only about 240 students, the girl I taught would be gone for a week for a competition and classmates would say "oh, yeah, she's gone for something. A trip." A pre-absence slip (used in most high schools for a planned absence so teachers know a kid is going to be gone and can make homework arrangements--they go by different names) usually gets abbreviated down to "out of town" by the attendance office even if parents or the student specifically say where they are going. I recently had a student who would miss because she was on a junior national volleyball team. Her senior class had 21 students total. They didn't really care why she was gone or talk about it.

These are high school kids. Not FSU gatherings :lol:

Cosmic Connect
06-02-2010, 06:18 PM
My senior year of high school I missed a full week of school with the flu and I returned to a round of questions of where my family went on vacation.

StonewshMullet
06-02-2010, 06:27 PM
I grew up in the same area as Evan and I can tell you that those kids are so self absorbed that they would question you if they thought there was juicy gossip. Attending a competition or having mono is not juicy enough.

Jaana
06-02-2010, 06:32 PM
I was also thinking about the time he must have missed - surely his teachers knew about it, and it's a wonder the other kids didn't question it. All the time spent at the rink would have also taken him away from the usual round of social activities.

IŽd suppose the teachers must have known, but that does not mean that they have shared the info with pupils, in my opinion.

Jenny
06-02-2010, 06:45 PM
Goodness, such a reaction! All I did was note my surprise, based on my own high school experience, that the other kids didn't notice his extended and repeated absences, and guess that the teachers must've known - in my experience, teachers often asked the other kids if they knew why someone was missing, and I'm guessing they would have checked into it further if the absences were extended or repeated frequently.

It was just an observation.