PDA

View Full Version : Which foreign skaters do Japanese fans like?



Pages : [1] 2 3 4 5 6

krenseby
11-17-2010, 06:50 PM
Hi, I know that Japan has plenty of successful skaters within the country, but are there any foreign skaters from outside of Japan that are popular with Japanese skating fans? (Are there any foreign skaters who could come on tour to Japan and be overwhelmed by fans seeking their autograph?)

lily
11-17-2010, 08:04 PM
Aren't Plushenko, Lambiel and Buttle those?

jjane45
11-17-2010, 09:00 PM
Johnny Weir has solid fan base in Japan. Mirai Nagasu if you count her as foreigner.

DFJ
11-17-2010, 09:15 PM
Maybe I'm wrong here, but Japanese fans have always struck me as liking any skater(s) who are good at their job. They never seem to me as being particularly partisan.

nanigirl
11-17-2010, 09:38 PM
I was surrounded by Japanese ladies in the stands at 2009 worlds. They were in love with Brian Joubert and Jeremy Abbott. Also, Charlie White.

ks777
11-17-2010, 10:05 PM
I can see Joubert being really popular.

ks777
11-17-2010, 10:06 PM
Maybe I'm wrong here, but Japanese fans have always struck me as liking any skater(s) who are good at their job. They never seem to me as being particularly partisan.

I think it's more about the looks than anything else..

DFJ
11-17-2010, 10:20 PM
I think it's more about the looks than anything else..

Point taken. :)

pinky166
11-17-2010, 10:25 PM
Tomas Verner! At 07 Worlds in Tokyo the crowd went CRAZY when he skated his great FS, he got lots of stuffies!

dinakt
11-17-2010, 10:52 PM
Yagudin. The pandemonium after his Worlds LP 2002 is something to behold.
Nowadays, I agree, anybody who is good at what they do. Definitely Weir, Abbott, Joubert.

dawnie
11-17-2010, 11:39 PM
Maybe I'm wrong here, but Japanese fans have always struck me as liking any skater(s) who are good at their job. They never seem to me as being particularly partisan.

Any skater not named Yuna Kim. :D

I'm sure there are plenty of Kim fans in Japan, but at Worlds last year in LA, all the Japanese people I saw refused to even clap for Kim. One man looked downright irate that she skated well.

robinhood
11-18-2010, 12:04 AM
Any skater not named Yuna Kim. :D

I'm sure there are plenty of Kim fans in Japan, but at Worlds last year in LA, all the Japanese people I saw refused to even clap for Kim. One man looked downright irate that she skated well.

I find that hard to believe, sorry :confused:

lowtherlore
11-18-2010, 12:40 AM
Any skater not named Yuna Kim. :D

I'm sure there are plenty of Kim fans in Japan, but at Worlds last year in LA, all the Japanese people I saw refused to even clap for Kim. One man looked downright irate that she skated well.

Similar thing happened at TEB 2009, where most Japanese fans attending the event didn't join in the ovation after Kim skated.

I too believe there are many Yu-Na fans in Japan. But for the majority of others hatred for Yu-Na runs deep.

burntBREAD
11-18-2010, 01:16 AM
Similar thing happened at TEB 2009, where most Japanese fans attending the event didn't join in the ovation after Kim skated.

I too believe there are many Yu-Na fans in Japan. But for the majority of others hatred for Yu-Na runs deep.

I think hatred is far too strong of a word. And you added "runs deep" in there, as if it's a hereditary trait in Japan to hate Yu-Na. Did you know that Yu-Na is the 10th most popular athlete in Japan? Yeah. I think that these accusations are a bit of a reach...and frankly quite rude and stereotypical.

Clay
11-18-2010, 01:54 AM
It seemed Freakin' Liashenko was popular in Japan. She had her own commercial in 1998.

Malininina was also fairly popular, IIRC.