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FSWer
04-07-2012, 08:19 PM
Say,how much can Skaters really hear when out on the Ice? Does anyone know if they can hear the annoucers or comentators in any way? What about in Kiss and Cry?

PDilemma
04-07-2012, 08:22 PM
The public address announcer in the rink is the same one who announces the skaters, they would hear anything that person announces, including scores.

The commentators that we hear when watching a broadcast on television or online, are not heard in the arena, so the skaters cannot hear them.

Yazmeen
04-07-2012, 08:49 PM
Good question - most of them remain very focused and concentrate on what they are about to do. This is what surprised some fans of Mirai Nagasu as she appeared startled by a fan who called out to her at Nationals as she took the ice for her long program and looked toward where the voice came from - and then she had a bad skate where she seemed unfocused. Even at my low level of skating, once my name gets announced for a competition or exhibition, my brain totally goes into performance mode. A fire engine could roar through the rink, I probably wouldn't notice it.

FSWer
04-07-2012, 08:54 PM
What about at the part were the Announcer is telling YOU watching what's happening on TV.?

Yazmeen
04-07-2012, 08:57 PM
Skaters never hear the announcers (and I certainly don't compete at anywhere NEAR that leve, I'm an adult skater in my fifties). The commentary is for the television audience, not the folks in the arena. All you hear in the arena is the skater being announced, and their music (and the cheers of the fans).

PDilemma
04-07-2012, 08:57 PM
What about at the part were the Announcer is telling YOU watching what's happening on TV.?

Those announcers speak into microphones that are only connected for the television broadcast. The people in the arena, both the skaters and the audience, cannot hear them.

overedge
04-07-2012, 11:32 PM
Even at my low level of skating, once my name gets announced for a competition or exhibition, my brain totally goes into performance mode. A fire engine could roar through the rink, I probably wouldn't notice it.

Me too, but occasionally I can hear people in the audience talking as I skate past them.

Skittl1321
04-07-2012, 11:59 PM
Jeremy Abbott said that he had no idea of his father's medical emergency during nationals. It was a big fuss, noticeable on tv, and right by the.ice. you really have to be in the zone to not have that break your concentration.

When I skate (very low level) I can hear and comprhend anything yelled out, but try to ignore audiences.

FSWer
04-08-2012, 01:53 AM
[QUOTE=PDilemma;3540284]Those announcers speak into microphones that are only connected for the television broadcast. The people in the arena, both the skaters and the audience, cannot hear them.[/QUOTE

External broadcasting,right?

misskarne
04-08-2012, 07:57 AM
[QUOTE=PDilemma;3540284]Those announcers speak into microphones that are only connected for the television broadcast. The people in the arena, both the skaters and the audience, cannot hear them.[/QUOTE

External broadcasting,right?

Correct.

The commentators during the event are sequestered in a small, soundproof box with their microphones. The microphones record their voices and nothing else. All other sound that you hear on a TV broadcast come from microphones placed elsewhere in the building. Therefore, no-one outside the box at the arena can hear the commentators, and the commentators can't hear a great deal either.

That's how it usually works; some competitions may have a different setup. But either way, the voices of the commentators are going straight to TV and the people in the building don't hear it.

Sasha'sSpins
04-08-2012, 04:46 PM
On the other hand, I do vaguely recall Kurt Browning agreeing with Scott Hamilton's commentary from the Kiss & Cry - it must have been at the Olympics where he had just messed up his SP.

yfbg722
04-08-2012, 06:51 PM
My DD says if you hear what the audience is doing, you're going to skate badly. Once her name is called, she is focused and doesn't hear what the audience is doing, even when it's family and friends cheering in support.

Johnny_Fever
04-08-2012, 06:56 PM
The audience can help though. I remember that Michelle Kwan got into a funk in the middle of her long program in Nashville in 97, and we collectively pulled her back out of it.

overedge
04-08-2012, 07:22 PM
The commentators during the event are sequestered in a small, soundproof box with their microphones.

Actually, at a lot of events I've been at, they are sitting at tables with little dividers between them, and you can hear their commentary during the event if you're sitting close enough.

But the tables are high up in the seating areas away from the ice, so the skaters can't hear the commentators.

judiz
04-08-2012, 11:33 PM
I remember Johnny Weir saying he could hear his family cheering him on in Vancouver,and he once said he heard the commentators talking about his Torino free skate at the 2007 nationals before he took the ice.