Funny comments made by non-figure skating fans about the sport

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  1. siberia82

    siberia82 New Member

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    I decided to start this thread after recently talking to a guy who knows next to nothing about figure skating. I had to share his (unintentionally) hilarious comment with you all:

    "Elvis Stojko? He's the first man to land a backflip in competition, right?" :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: (Seriously, the man wasn't joking----he really did believe that! :duh:)

    My brother is also clueless about the sport, and he thought Canada's top men's singles skater was named Patrick Buttle. :lol:

    Anyone else have amusing stories related to non-figure skating fans trying to say something about this sport or its athletes?
  2. MikiAndoFan#1

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    :rofl:
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    In Print: "Michael Weiss was the first American man to land a Quad Sow Cow."
  4. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

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    LOL!!
  5. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

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    :lol: So funny!
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    Mu Aunt claims to be a fan of Igor Evgenevich. (Plushenko) When I came back from TEB last year she asked if Kiki Wada was there- still not sure who that was meant to be!
  7. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    One of my relatives asks, when any Asian female skater is on the ice "Isn't that Nancy Kwan? She still hasn't retired?" :duh:

    One of my cousins "tests" me to see if I really know about the technical side of skating by asking really dumb, easy questions like "why is the axel the hardest jump?" (because it takes off forward, according to some commentator he must have heard in his three seconds of ever watching fs), and is soooo shocked when I know what I'm talking about and identify the other jumps.

    Once we were playing Trivial Pursuit and there was a rather obscure question about a skater who had won multiple US ladies titles, but never an Oly gold, in the 1970s (it was Janet Lynn, but alas it wasn't my question). My cousin answers "Oh, that French black chick!" (Surya) I'm like, she wasn't skating in the 70s, and if you know she's FRENCH, how could she have won the US title? Derrrr. It's just that they remembered her losing the gold at Worlds and being really upset. :lol:
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  8. The Accordion

    The Accordion Well-Known Member

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    This wasn't a comment but a reaction.
    The couple next to me for the Olympic Men's Short was there because they got the tickets as part of a package so they decided to check it out.

    The first time something was thrown onto the ice he was flabbergasted.
    Him: "What are they doing?"
    Me: "Oh people throw things onto the ice for skaters they like."
    Him: (with the funniest look on his face and laughing) "You're kidding. Seriously?" What are they throwing?
    Me: "Usually stuffed animals - but sometimes other things. People used to throw flowers but bits of them came off onto the ice."
    Him: Lots of laughter - and still disbelieving. He said something else in his amazement but I can't remember what it was. He thought it was pretty funny.
    And I guess - when you think about it - it kind of is! I started to imagine what it would be like if stuffed animals were thrown in during other Winter Sports like - hockey or curling - or biathalon! Or even more performance based sports like gymnastics. When you think of it happening at any of those it would be weird. Then again there are men who throw themselves at Russian tennis players!

    Oh and the same guy - kept guessing which man in each flight was going to get the highest score based on what he was wearing. He was often right!
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    Lol with my mother it's ''How did Eugeny do?''
  10. MikiAndoFan#1

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    Goodness, this thread is hilarious!
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    Oh, I have some, courtesy of my bf. He used to call Todd Eldridge "No Quad Todd". Whenever he see Inoue & Baldwin, he says, "Oh, there's that guy who could never get that girl in real life". He occasionally asks if "Turtle Girl" (Mira Leung) or "Muscle Girl" (Meagan Duhamel) is skating. When I was watching the GP Final, he actually recognized Robin Solkowy as "that guy we almost ran into. He was a lot shorter than I expected. He looks a lot taller on tv." (we almost literally ran into him at Skate America 2008).
  12. love skating

    love skating Clueless American

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    Long ago while watching Anissina and Peizerat at some competition on TV, my niece wondered why two ladies were skating together. :D
  13. let`s talk

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    My hubby is that guy. He asked about Alissa when I was watching GPF: is she 35 years old?
  14. let`s talk

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    Nowdays Anissina is being called: "She is a green-eyed goddness. Look and get envious! I want the whole world to enjoy her naked beauty" by her husband Dzhigurda, her topless photos are there (don't ask me to post the link, it's not safe for workplace).
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    This is hilarious!!! :rofl:
    Thank you for those funny episodes. I love this thread!
    I wish I had some...
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    I remember being at Canadian nationals in Calgary in 2000....Kurt Browning had been retired for 6 years at the time, but his picture was in the program as he was being inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fameat the event....a lady behind me opened her program, saw his picture and exclaimed so-excitedly (seriously like she was about to burst) "Is Kurt competing?!"

    At the same competion there was a lady skating called Annie Bazinet, someone near me wondered if she was any relation to the choreographer, Sandra Bazinet ;)
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    When each of my 2 kids were about 3 yrs old, they wanted to get my attention onto them instead of watching skating on TV. My daughter climbed to the top of the couch and jumped off saying that she could do a double poopy. My son did something similar but said he was going to do a double whip.
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    It took a lot of explaining before my mom understood that the SP and LP were not seperate competitions. After watching the men's short program during the last Olympics, she was all distraught over Plushenko getting gold instead of Evan.

    During the 2006 Olympics, my brother was convinced that Shizuka Arakawa was Michelle Kwan and informed me that she finally won the gold medal.

    A friend of mine was watching the 2010 US nationals ladies LP with me and kept asking me to let her know when the skater was going to do a triple axel.

    Watching and talking about skating with non-fans is fun. :lol:
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    I was at the Champions on Ice show in Hartford, CT in April of 2006. I had taken pictures, and I sent a picture of Michelle to my mother.
    She replied, "That's Nancy Quon."
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    Well, at TEB, few years ago, the old lady sitting next to me told me, during the Men LP : "I didn't know that the competition was opened to men and women at the same time". She was talking about Sergei Dobrin. ;)

    Other thing, not funny at all, that my brother told me in 1993.
    "You'll see, Lu Chen will be on the podium at the Olympics and Surya Bonaly will be in 4th".
    And then again, at 1994 Junior Worlds : "You'll see, Michelle Kwan will be World champion in the next few years".

    I wonder what are his thoughts about FS these days ! :lol:
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    I got my picture taken with Alexei Yagudin when I was 18 (just after he won the O's), and my mom had it up on the fridge for a bit. One of her non-skating fan friends saw it and said 'Oh, he's cute! Is that her boyfriend?' My mom replied with a resounding 'yes'. :D
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  23. IceJunkie

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    At work the other day, my coworker said "Oh! I thought of you - I was watching figure skating!" (the GPF) and we proceeded to talk about it. I actually hadn't gotten a chance to watch the competition at that point yet. :shuffle:

    Coworker: "This one Japanese guy fell TWICE. I couldn't believe it. TWICE!"
    Me: "Well, believe it or not, that's not actually that uncommon."
    Coworker: "But these are suppose to be professionals! The best of the best!"
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    My dad and I were watching the (delayed) broadcast of TEB in 2007 and he really loved K/N better than "the french who won" (Delshoe). He had only one problem: is she really allowed to dress up like that :p ? Then I told him that they indeed had a costume deduction but it was because he was wearing tights, not because of her.

    My 3 year old nephew came to me while I was watching an ice dance FD on youtube and he started watching the end with me. He was quiet and really seemed focused on it so I asked him if he liked it and he answered "yes, because they spin and turn!!!" and I told him "you are so right! This is what ice dance is all about now!" :lol:
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    Gee, that's mean spirited. :eek: :( - I just don't care about quads to the exclusion of everything else in skating, but that's JMHO, so I don't want to get into a heated quad/no quad debate here.

    I have a friend who's a casual fan at best. She gets confused with men's skaters names in particular - Kurt Eldredge/Todd Hamilton/Browning. I usually end up correcting her gently. :lol: :D

    OTOH, I have friends who do ask me whom to watch for in the various competitions.
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    My friend and I were talking about the Vancouver olympics and I asked him who he thought would win the women's competition. He said ohhh I know... Nancy Kerrigan!!!!


    Lololol
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    Kiki Wada? Maybe Kiri Baga?
  28. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    Show her Chan's 2010 Skate Canada SP. She'll be traumatized for life. :lol:
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    men are not allowed to wear tights?
  31. mmscfdcsu

    mmscfdcsu Skating Pairs with Drew

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    I wonder what fans of other sports are saying about us? :lol: As far as I know, the Cleveland Browns football team is composed of Bernie Kozar, Brian Sipe and Jim Brown. :eek:
  32. Zokko!

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    Unfortunately I was in hospital when Worlds 2004 started and had to watch the Men's competition along with some fellow-patients who weren't skating followers at all. I remember one of them described Plushenko as a 'cold fish' whereas all of them really fell in love with Stephane Lambiel.
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    My husband is a teacher and he showed D/W OD from last season to his sophomore class (it was a class on multiculturalism). Most of them had never seen ice dance before. One kid commented that he thought their steps were good but he was hoping that the "guy would throw the girl around more."

    Cue five minute explanation of ice dance versus pairs. Thank goodness my husband has been watching skating with me for 11 years and was well versed in the difference.
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    HAHAHA!!! When I wanted to take my friends with me to watch figure skating competition I decided to explain them some rules, and one of them asked me how many times skaters can fall before they are disqualified :lol:

    Or another question: "Do you see a difference between all those jumps? Come on, it's impossible. I'm sure even judges can't do it."
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    In the 2002 season I was watching ice dancing (Euros?) when Fusar-Poli/Margaglio were skating he said: "He doesn't do very much, does he?"
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    in 2002 when US Nats was in LA, my brother and sister in law took me out to supper.
    SIL who does not follow skating in any form ask "what else was I going to do while in LA", my brother, who isn't skate saavy but does know some, replied she will be seeing the inside of the staples center - kind of like when we got to Lakers basketball games, one game is not the entire season. Then she asked if I was going to see Tara, Nancy K, Kristi Y, Scott H, Brian B and Katia and Sergi skate - my brother tried to explain that those skaters are no longer competing.

    My ex-boss who was a self declared "devoted skating" fan wanted to know why skaters didn't learn different programs - that she was seeing the same program each week (during Grand Prix season and ABC, ESPN, USA were showing all the events). Her response "no wonder people don't want to watch skating, it is the same thing all the time. they would do better to perform a new program each week". Also during the SLC competitions wanted to know who that girl from switzerland was because she is so cute but she had never heard of her before (I think it was Sarah Meier?). She called Irina - Slutskaya because she was Michelle and Sasha's enemy.
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    :lol: No she would never have seen or heard of Kiri Baga! Unless you were a close follower of the sport you wouldn't have. Miki Ando was probably the closest one I could think of. Or possibly a mixture of Miki and Asada. Who knows!
  38. MikiAndoFan#1

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    :lol: I thought of Aki Sawada. :p
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    Where does this long-suffering daughter start? :drama: My mother likes to come watch figure skating shows with me, but I'm not sure she's yet even grasped that there's a difference between singles and pairs, and I've given up trying to explain the difference between pairs and ice dance. And even though I've explained things to her before, given her a history of the sport on the metro to see Micheal Weiss' annual show, and even given her videos to watch, she never remembers anything.
    But as for what she's said, the funniest was probably when we went to see Kaleidescope last year(and she was furious at their commanding the audience to clap at their convenience and waited while they did multiple takes to tape the intros to the skaters; her dislike of anything Fox did not help). Initially she liked Dorothy Hamill and Rachael Flatt, found them strong and enjoyed them. Then a couple of months later, when I mentioned the latter was mentored by the former, she did remember them(which is remarkable in itself!), but talked about how she should have known because Rachael was so "conventional," and of Dorothy she sneered, "She must have a lot of money."
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