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skateboy
04-25-2012, 09:08 PM
I don't know if it's the hype for me by itself, so much as the way they let the hype affect them. We hype them, their federations hype them, but when they start to go around boasting about how marvelous they are, and lose any sense of humility... eesh. No thank you. I don't care if you're landing quads while juggling Plushenkos, I'm going to want to smack you upside the head.

Well put.

kosjenka
04-25-2012, 09:46 PM
Well, for Joubert I can say i used to really like his skating, but had expectation he would develop differently. He didnt, but is still kicking and skating there, he so nice to fans and he is just yummy to look at :D

I used to be a huge fan of another skater. I was a fan of his skills and style. having met him (2 uncomfortable encounters during one event) I lost the spark for him. I respect him and still think he is great skater, but I am not a fan and have a bitter aftertaste after watching him skate.
I dont feel comfortable writing his name, because there is a good chance his fans would have my head off :D

Johnny_Fever
04-25-2012, 09:52 PM
We keep hearing about bad personal experiences, but we're not getting any specific information. Give us the dirt! They don't call it The Trash Can for nothing.

Jemestone
04-25-2012, 10:01 PM
^IKR. You don't even have to mention said skater's name, just give us the dirt!!!

kosjenka
04-25-2012, 10:14 PM
well, this skater in particular complained in front of the arena about even coming to the event, on being persuaded/pushed by his federation. He was telling this to the fans, so I guess he said it to everyone. There was a lot of eye rolling and "i-dont-want-to-be-here" talk. And when you have fans who came all the way from Romania and Belarus after saving their student pocket money for 6 months just to see him (well not ONLY him, but him the most) skate live ... He wouldnt take pictures with people outside (in front of arena) when all the other skaters were doing it. I wasnt the one asking for picture because i was already annoyed.
I did take a picture with Jouber and Valentina :) They were so cute together.

Macassar88
04-25-2012, 10:14 PM
I'm actually surprised that Joubert wasn't used more to market figure skating around the world. He could have been a huge star just because of his looks, and the fact that he can skate would help even more and could maybe get more coverage for FS.

mia joy
04-25-2012, 11:54 PM
Joubert was totally a His Majesty at the 2007 Euros. Combine his best season with his gorgeous looks and you get people in such a skating power country as Poland (:rolleyes:) worship him like he was the Beatles (as said by one of the commentators). He was the total star number 1 of the event. Back then he could've been used as a great PR tool for FS for sure.

In fact, even today my female friends who don't follow skating, only watch occasionally at the Olys, name Plushenko and Joubert as the only figure skaters they know.

Polymer Bob
04-27-2012, 04:24 PM
In fact, even today my female friends who don't follow skating, only watch occasionally at the Olys, name Plushenko and Joubert as the only figure skaters they know.

The only figure skater my mother knows is Nancy Kwan. :lol:

Made4Dancin
04-27-2012, 05:50 PM
I'm actually surprised that Joubert wasn't used more to market figure skating around the world. He could have been a huge star just because of his looks, and the fact that he can skate would help even more and could maybe get more coverage for FS.

It's a shame really. I get the feeling that they just took the decline in interest as a natural occurrence and didn't try to do anything about it. He was the right guy at the right time. I still hold out hope someone will come up with a new way to market that generation as pros especially here in the US. Lambiel was very popular after Vancouver as well. I remember him almost winning "Thin Ice" with Arakawa, but not being American, they made the phones break.


The only figure skater my mother knows is Nancy Kwan. :lol:

My mom does the same thing. :rofl:

Macassar88
04-27-2012, 06:06 PM
With Joubert, they could have just had him do a few commercials with his shirt off and ratings would have doubled...

PeterG
08-16-2012, 11:47 PM
I think itís just easier to be or remain a fan of someone, who is a great skater, but also has a lovely personality. For me it would be hard to root for someone who is a complete A$$ (exaggerated example of course), even if the skating was great...

Your comment really interests me because I have been watching figure skating since the mid-90's and I don't consider anyone in the sport to be anything of an A$$. I know that Stojko, Weiss, Sale, Joubert, Chan and Plushenko have been ragged on endlessly here at FSU, but I don't think things they've said compared to what's been said or done in other sports. I'm really surprised how threads can go on for pages and pages about something a skater has said, and to me the comment rates only a "big deal" in my book... :shuffle:

dariko
08-17-2012, 01:35 AM
By the same token, I loathe skaters who claim to "work harder than any other skater in the world". EVERY skater at EVERY level works hard on their skating. Yes, I'm looking at you, Mr Lysacek.

While I've heard commentators say that Evan is the hardest-working skater, I've never heard Evan say that about himself. If he did, it would change my opinion of him, that's for certain. In fact, I don't think I've ever heard any athlete in any sport say that about themselves. What athletes often say is "No one will outwork me" which is very different.

PeterG
08-17-2012, 06:37 AM
While I've heard commentators say that Evan is the hardest-working skater, I've never heard Evan say that about himself.

Evan works harder than anyone else denying that he is the hardest-working skater out there. (KIDDING!!!!) :P

os168
08-17-2012, 07:29 AM
Not really. Everyone's aptitude for appreciation is different...and thank goodness for that. Otherwise it would be really boring. As much as I appreciate Patrick Chan, I'd hate this board only feature fans of Patrick Chan because he 'apparently' has the best COP friendly skating skills among the men. It would be quite a nightmare actually!

I don't know why people get riled up by personality. The important thing is they 'MUST HAVE ONE'. I'd argue the lack of personality is what killing this sport. Artistic people should have personality and temperament, if they don't have one, how good can their art be? And if Plushy is American, how is he different than most US or even general Olympic Champions we saw this summer - so what's the big deal? :P





and I gotta say I find it kinda funny how so many girls/women have a crush on Takahashi. I love his skating, but he's nowhere near handsome for me and my mom's reaction when she first saw him was: "God, he's ugly!" :shuffle:

What did your mum think of David Bowie or Mick Jagger? Dai is more handsome than them both, and moves better too :swoon:

Ziggy
08-17-2012, 09:24 AM
Fandom is based on pretty much everything other than the skating, I think. ;)