Can Skaters hear anything beyond their name called?

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  1. FSWer

    FSWer Well-Known Member

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    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?
     
  2. PDilemma

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    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.
     
  3. Yazmeen

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    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.
     
  4. FSWer

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    What about at the part were the Announcer is telling YOU watching what's happening on TV.?
     
  5. Yazmeen

    Yazmeen Well-Known Member

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    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).
     
  6. PDilemma

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    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.
     
  7. overedge

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    Me too, but occasionally I can hear people in the audience talking as I skate past them.
     
  8. Skittl1321

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    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.
     
  9. FSWer

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  11. Sasha'sSpins

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    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.
     
  12. yfbg722

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    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.
     
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  13. Johnny_Fever

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    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.
     
  14. overedge

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    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.
     
  15. judiz

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    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.
     
  16. Johnny_Fever

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    I'd like to seat near Scotty when he's working. He gets pretty riled up now and then.
     
  17. FSWer

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    Gee,somebody must have left the extertnal wire out then. LOL.
     
  18. magicpixie

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    This makes me wonder..When they show coaches rinkside yelling as their skater is performing, can the skater actually hear the coach? Can the coach yell instructions or a "key word" for the skater?
     
  19. Skittl1321

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    Maybe. Coaches cannot coach skaters on the ice, but I've seen on youtube (at international events) coaches yell things like "power!" when the skater goes by.

    They likely know whether their skater is the "in the zone" type or the kind that pulls on that.

    I'm sure skaters can hear applause- you can tell when skaters feed on the energy of the rink, making a great performance greater, or pulling back from a mediocre one when the audience is supportive.
     
  20. misskarne

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    Oh, that's interesting. I would have thought they'd have been in a booth to reduce interference with the microphone pickup of the commentary.

    Some skaters encourage the audience to get involved. I always notice that Plushenko seems to actively rev up the crowd, especially before a straight-line step.
     
  21. Aussie Willy

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    The British Eurosport guys always talk about how excited some of the commentary teams are around them, particularly when their skaters are competing. I would think you need to be in the arena so you capture that feel of the audience and relay that to those watching the broadcast.
     
  22. jl22aries

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    Hmm, I actually did notice while watching some Brit Eurosport clips that there was some pretty loud conversations getting picked up on the feed during the middle of a skate. Thought it likely was another broadcast team, and not super loud fans?
     
  23. Johnny_Fever

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    In some instances, the program is specifically choreographed with that in mind, like Debi Thomas in 1988. There was a clear transition before her 3rd piece of music when she was face-to-face with McGowan, about 6 feet apart. He would slam on the boards and yell at her to get her going for the home stretch.
     
  24. Jemestone

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    Good question. I've always wondered about this.