Doesn't bother me either. I always thought it was programmed to relieve tension.
Doesn't bother me either. I always thought it was programmed to relieve tension.
But lots of skaters just skate around with kind of a blank look, while the audience is clapping for them. Then the audience stops clapping. The skaters finally bow afterward, because they "have" to and then the audience claps unenthusiastically, since they're more or less forced to at that point.
A trained athlete does NOT need to catch his/her breath for thirty seconds after a performance. They train every day, and usually run their programs more than once a day. It's not like they're going to end up in the hospital if they spend fifteen seconds at the end taking bows and acknowledging the audience. I used to compete. Never remember skaters doing this until recent years. Yep, I think it looks bad and brings down the whole energy of the performance.
Just my opinion!
if it is not because they feel or need to, why you think they are doing it?? to just upset you? There is obviously a reason they need to calm down after their program, emotional, physical or both.But lots of skaters just skate around with kind of a blank look, while the audience is clapping for them. Then the audience stops clapping. The skaters finally bow afterward, because they "have" to and then the audience claps unenthusiastically, since they're more or less forced to at that point.
A trained athlete does NOT need to catch his/her breath for thirty seconds after a performance. They train every day, and usually run their programs more than once a day.
Apart from toning down their heart beat which needs to be done for everyone even if you just go to the gym for an hour and do aerobic exercise, if you see almost all skaters still breath faster in kiss n cry area after such physical exercice, a trained athlete is well shaped to run through his programs without slowing down ορ getting tired much, but it doesnt mean they shouldnt reduce their pulse rate, it is not good to come to a dead stop. Plus I was watching Lillehammer Olys this weekend and many skaters didnt bow right after as well, especially the ones who blew it.
The heartbeat begins to slow down as soon as the exercise is halted. Skating around the ice doesn't slow it down any more than stopping and taking a few bows slows it down.
I think skaters do it because they don't know not to. Maybe this started as early as the '94 Olympics (although I don't remember Urmanov, Stojko, Kerrigan, Baiul, Candeloro and others doing it). It seems to me a lot more commonplace these days.
If it doesn't bother you, that's fine. And I'll still be a skating fan and cheer on all my favorites no matter what they do. But it's not a matter of the skaters needing to do it. Professional dancers perform just as rigorously, maybe even moreso, and you don't see that out of them.
Besides catching their breath, I think they are also taking a moment to reflect on their performance. Usually we see fist pumps or acts of disappointments. When you say 'blank stare' I think it just means they thought they blew it. I can't think of a strong performance with a skater ending it with a blank stare... Maybe they should do it when they are in the K&C, but they are only humans.
It's like any sporting event. Soccer players celebrate after scoring a goal, or cover their faces when they miss a penalty... they don't run back to their starting positions immediately (unless it's in a faster paced sport like basketball).
I agree with a few others, I don't think the skating around looking blank after a performance is so much about being disappointed, as it is about catching their breath and letting go of the adrenaline. The sustained effort to do a 4 - 4.5 minute program is exhausting, and demands intense focus, they are just recovering a bit before they smile and bow.
I tend not to spend a lot of time thinking about how long/why skaters skate on the ice before or after their programs - really, of all the things to see and think about when watching a comp, this rates kind of low on the importance scale. The only skater who bothered me with their trips around the ice was Oksana Baiul, who used to circle around for at least a minute - I think her thing was that her skates would tell her when to begin or something like that - and I think she even did it in shows. But I don't really care if a skater takes a few secs at the end of the program - given the scoring reviews and the amount of time it takes to announce scores, it's not like they're slowing down the comp.
Another thing to consider is that skaters want to take their bows at center ice. Sometimes their program ends near one of the ends, so they need to skate over to the center to bow.
Where Oksana was really annoying was at the end of her programs when she was a skating regularly as a pro - she got into this habit of kneeling on the end clutching her stomach as though she was completely emotionally drained and just couldn't bring herslef to get up. I always viewed it as a blatant attempt to milk attention/emotions (sympathy?) from the audience as it frequently followed a very mediocre performance. It just seemed very manipulative.
I always felt bad for the skater who had to follow her and cool their blades waiting for her to finally leave the ice. A few of those people must have wanted to thump her on the head but good.
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
Example: A speedskater who skates the 10km can be tired (even through up) after there race. This is normal since it asks a lot of your body. But you often see that when everything goes perfect, every stroke is powerful and effective, the skater comes smiling and full of energie through the finish. And when you later talk to them they often say "i wasn't tired at all. I can even skate another 10km". But when you ask the same question to a skater who's done ok (or bad) you will hear a whole different answer.
Basically everyone can act like that (jumping etc.) after their routine however, emotions often take the upper hand.
I hope that this makes sense. English isn't my first language so i can't explain as well as i wish.
You want to try to make sure your heart rate drops at a reasonable rate instead of having it plummet, and to do so, you have a cool down period, this is by the way irrelevant to whether a trained athlete needs to catch their breath or not because in either case, slowing down their heart rate at a reasonable pace is the goal, not simply to have their heart rate down.
In regards to the blank look, it may look like a blank look on the outside, but you have no idea what is going on inside their head and it is a lot more than they are expressing on their face. In regards to the audience needing to "clap" once again for the skater, this is no longer the skater's problem, it is the audience's problem if you feel like it is a problem at all. Let us remember that the skaters are ultimately not there to please the audience, they are there to place as high (and win) in the competition.
Lastly, why are we now comparing professional dancers to skaters? Dancers put on a show, a performance that begins and ends when they appear and get off the stage. For skaters, it is first and foremost, a sport, and even when you tie in the "performance" aspect of it, that starts when the music starts, and when the music ends.
Just as a side note: for the most part, skaters may do whatever they wish after the end of their program within reason, an example of something unacceptable would be Fusar-Poli/Margaglio (or something like that), at the end of their 2006 Olympics OD program when she stood there glaring at him for like 2 minutes. That is when it becomes an issue.
But in the defense of the original poster, I was actually was advised by one of my coaches that regardless of how poorly you skate, you should look proud and smile at the end, since looking disappointed only advertises your shortcomings and might affect the judges' impression and lower your second mark. I like how Alissa Czisny always does this, and I wouldn't be surprised if it actually does help her PCS a little.
Last edited by Doubletoe; 12-06-2010 at 08:54 PM.
I guess we all could be accused of meandering around all over the ice about this issue/ nonissue as well. I think everyone is making valid, reasonable points based on their own perceptions.
Skaters' behavior on the ice should always be within reason I suppose, but isn't it fun when something unexpected occurs, such as Surya Bonaly's backflip, a kind of flippant message to the judges: "I don't care, I'm going to do it as my last eligible skater move." And I loved Ryan Bradley's absolutely effervescent backflip at Nationals 2007 when he won the silver medal. I think he asked permission before he went back on the ice to do it, in homage to the audience, and to his own uncontainable joy.
Besides Brian B's Olympic reaction, another unforgettable on-ice after performance reaction is that of Midori Ito at 1989 Worlds -- love it, love it -- pure tears of joy.
I think these moments for skaters (when they know deep inside their hearts how well they have skated and how hard they have worked for the moment they are experiencing) are even better than the moment when they know they've won in the kiss n' cry. Perhaps an exception would be Rudy Galindo who was over the moon after he skated, and in the stratosphere when he realized the judges gave him fair marks that deservedly gave him the win. Even the favorite to win (Todd Eldredge) was happy for Rudy (but Todd is such a gentleman in any case -- he used Rudy's win at Nats as inspiration for his own win at Worlds the same year).
ITA, Doubletoe and skateboy re, those who are disappointed should try to mask it as best as possible because expressing too much disappointment may affect the judges' view. I've seen some skaters who make mistakes during a performance react pleased afterward likely because it might help give a better impression to the judges, especially if they overcame some early mistakes and finished strongly.
Last edited by aftershocks; 12-07-2010 at 12:11 AM.
While it doesn't bother me, I also think, like aftreshocks said in part of her post, a too negative reaction about one's own performance in front of the judges is not good. Of course it might not affect the scores immediately but it adds towards an overall impression one gets of a skater. I think that Evan did that part very well, he smiled even when a program was not so good and managed to appear confident. Same with Chan, he smiles his mistakes kind of away (sorry if that doesn't souns to clear)
I like to see a truly finished program - last pose, hold a few seconds and then bow to the audience clapping. Then go off ice and cry, cheer, rant, whatever.
It doesn't bother me, and actually I like to see it because it's a moment of truth, the skater removes his performance mask and act like how he feels and who he is.
Also nowadays programs are very demanding, 4 or more minutes to perform difficult moves, extra concentration, pressure... and at the end they have the relief of all this. This is a sport, such things happen under competitive conditions, they risk something during their program, so I don't see any problem to express their feelings afterwards.
And this moment of truth is also very interesting, skaters react in different ways, sometimes we think that the performance was so so and the skater seems to think the contrary... All this is interesting to understand how things work for the athletes.
My only concern is when some skaters obviously react in a way that doesn't look natural, or when they do something that seems to be planed in advance, which remove the authentic aspect of the moment. But overall it doesn't happen often.
And I think some of it's just perception, as I haven't noticed anyone taking "forever" to go take a bow.