When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.
As many have said, there have been many nice people seated nearby as well as the not so nice. This is not my worst example, but it was really annoying. Seated all week next to someone with an absurdly large fur coat and way too many bags of cameras and things. She was constantly invading my space. Her coat was highly annoying and of course completely unnescessary as it was so hot in the arena by the end of the week. After nicely asking her several times to keep her coat off of me, I reataliated in the only way possible. For the first and last time in attending a skating event, I purchased the nachos and took them to my seat. I held them in the hand closest to the annoying fur coat.
We weren't sitting near this person, but we certainly heard the obnoxious comments. It happened at the Skaters' Tribute to Broadway Show, October 1998 in Philadelphia, PA. The skaters were doing retakes. Nancy Kerrigan came out to do a retake, and someone shouted out "Tonya!" Then Todd E. came out to do a retake (much to our surprise - he must have doubled an intended triple -everything else looked great). Nevertheless, he came out for his retake. As he was getting ready to redo the jump, some insensitive person (probably the same one who yelled out "Tonya"), shouted out, "Do the quad!" I think the audience as a whole who remained for the retakes was shocked at these two comments. As a native Philadelphian, I felt really embarrassed that someone would have the nerve to say those things and be so insensitive and insulting to the skaters. Thank goodness most of the audience was very supportive of them and the other skaters who came out to do their retakes.
Oops! This was at a show, not a competition.
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I had a couple of opportunities to make it to skating events but didn't go because of illness in the family. I was disappointed at the time. However, I now believe I was better off not attending after reading about all these spectacular moments at skating competitions.
"A house without books is like a room without windows." ~ Horace Mann.
I haven't had any obnoxious people yet. I met a lovely group of ladies who had never seen live skating before at 2009 Worlds for the OD and we talked a lot. Then I got to sit with some awesome FSUers for the men's LP and FD!
I've seen/heard quite a lot. I'm still disturbed by the drunk woman (LA 2009) who had Ingo Steur cornered at the hotel bar - telling him what's what.
I remember the lead singer being extremely stroppy as well.
Skaters are generally the worst people to sit next to at a competition because once they're done they don't give a shit about how anyone else skates.
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
Since then I sat by other skaters' family and never ever experienced anything that rude. The Hughes did complain about the scoring between Sarah and Michelle, but not during either's skates. the Baldwins were polite (at least in the arena) and cheered for other pairs, many other families were supportive of the skaters - I think in part because they have been involved with elite skating for years and know each other.
Skate America 2003, pairs long program, because the people I was near told me to be quiet when I was cheering after Petrova & Tikhonov's performance
If one of them had poured a soda on me, however, we would have had some major issues.
Logic is in the eye of the logician --Gloria Steinem
I was sitting with friends whose kids were competing at junior worlds a few years back and they were comp tickets for athletes and their families.. I was dismayed by the attitude of some of the families toward fans - especially those with matching sweaters etc., they also talked about message boards and how those 'uber' fans should 'get a life'... I was going to say nothing but couldn't help myself and reminded them that message boards were for 'fans' not family.. and those 'uber' fans are why they might get sponsors, hired for ice shows or even financial winnings at some events Having attended senior events and worked with older adolescents I'm sure some of their attitude was just based on their age and developmental stage.. Also it was typically the mom's who were perusing the message boards
Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
"Love is better than Anger, Hope is better than fear" Jack Layton 1950-2011