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    Loving all the stories, especially this one!

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    I've only told this story to a few people, but last March I went to the "Thin Ice" show that was being filmed at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. I went to the Sunday afternoon show which was a dress rehearsal for the live show airing on ABC that evening. After the afternoon show they announced there would be a meet and greet out in the lobby...I got to meet and get autographs and take photos with Stephane' Lambiel, Shizuka Arakawa, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Jamie Sale', John Zimmerman, Mike Weiss, Dick Button, Patrice Lauzon & Marie-France, Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukhov! I was so thrilled! I had never met any skater...Well I also went to the evening show...we stayed after the show and Kurt Browning was signing autographs down by the ice, so I got a photo with him too! Out in the lobby they were doing another meet and greet, but the lines were super long and I was just happy I had met some skaters earlier in the day, so my hubby and I went to find a place to grab a glass of wine and relax..we went into the Shrine at MGM...it was right around the corner from the show....we got our drinks and some appetizers...we sat in a booth that overlooked the casino...we watched all the skaters walking by after the show...we even waved to some of them. Imagine our shock and surprise when they all started showing up at the Shrine for their "after party"!! They started roping off an area we were already in...I asked if we were going to be asked to leave the waitress said "no, it's just a party for some skaters can you imagine!!! Security came by our booth and closed the opening to the casino! (Our booth was right next to the DJ booth ) One by one we watched all the skaters arrive..all the above skaters mentioned plus Steven Cousins, Elena B., Kristi Yamaguchi, David Pelletier! (this was around the time everyone was speculating if Jamie and David were together or not.....that night they Def. were not together...they came to the party apart...and never even spoke to one another..Dave hung out with Steven and Elena) The DJ started playing and after more wine My husband and I joined the skaters on the dance floor! My husband still talks about how he bumped into Kristi Y on the dance floor!! John Z. and Shae-Lynn skated to Poker face on the Thin Ice show...well when the DJ played poker face we were treated to a repeat performance by John and Shae complete with lifts...we all stood around in a circle clapping! Afterword we bought John Z a drink, which he graciously accepted...he came over and thanked us and gave me a kiss on both cheeks I think I was stunned speechless!! He had his Mom there with him...she had had enough of the after party and was headed up to her room. I got to speak with her for a few moments and tell her how great I thought her son was..lol doesn't every mom want to hear that! We stayed till the party ended..at little after 1:00am...then we went to the casino and played roulette and won ourselves a little $$. It was a night I'll never forget!!
    Some quick additions - Sinead & John Kerr - so pleasant to talk to (Mike's show 2009, and John again at the 2010 Liberty Summer Competition), and extremely appreciative of the fan support.

    Skate America 2007 - We ended up staying at the skaters' hotel. Great encounters with a number of skaters with conversations that lasted at least a few minutes long - Stephen Carriere, Ryan Bradley. I recognized Nobuo Sato in the lobby, went up to him, complemented him on his coaching and how much we loved watching Yuka skate through the years. What a gentleman -so polite and humble. He bowed when I spoke to him. I don't remember if he was coaching Taka at the time (Taka was at that competition and was quite impressive to me even back then).
    So nice to talk to Amanda & Mark after practice sessions at different competitions (2005 SA, 2009 Nationals). They remembered me (I had given them a picture from a previous time), and they thanked us for supporting US figure skating. I saw Yuka in the concourse at SA 2007. She was in a hurry to get back to the broadcast booth for Japanese TV coverage. She apologized for not being able to talk to me then because of that, but said to me, "See you at SOI!" When we attended SOI in 2009 and were fortunate enough to see the warm-up, I was returning from the restroom. Yuka passed by, hugged me and my friend (whom she also recognizes at this point).

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    Quote Originally Posted by krenseby View Post
    You know, with Johnny complimenting people on their hair and checking whether photos came out right and offering retakes, it sounds like he is a caring kinda guy. But this image of him clashes with his "controversy-stirring" persona that is willing to say whatever is on his mind whether other people like it or not.

    Johnny is much different in person, the last time I saw him was at the Ice Vault show before 2010 Nats. Johnny and his mom immediately came up to us and thanked us for waiting (it was about 45 minutes after the show ended), in fact he said "I can't believe you waited for me" After chatting with Johnny I started talking to Patti and my husband starting talking to Johnny about the weather and traffic! As we said goodbye, Johnny told us to drive carefully because there were a lot of crazy drivers on the road.

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    Thanks paskatefan! Here's something I forgot...we went to a benefit show in in MA "Evening for Iveta" and at the end Johnny Weir came out with a bunch of roses, which he gave to skaters in the show....he had extra and started giving them to the audience..my husband yelled to him and he came over and gave me a rose! (at this show he skated the Falling Angels program with Melissa and Denis, I was so happy to see that performed live!!)

    Also when leaving the MGM Grand the next morning ...we were coming off the elevator and Kurt was getting on ....I wanted to stay on I was in skater heaven that week-end!! You can walk from the MGM over to the Foxwoods casino and while walking back we followed Mike Weiss and his wife. The I saw Shae at Junior's Cheesecake...skaters were just everywhere...I passed Steven Cousins in the hallway.. and while getting our room keys John Zimmerman whizzed by us!!

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    Thanks everyone for your great stories!

    I must agree to say that Johnny is really very, very nice!! Met him one year at Cup of Russia, and he was so interested and seemed to have fun speaking with us. (He wanted to learn Norwegian, me and my friend are from Norway, since one of his ancestors were Norwegian he told us lol)

    Massimo Scali is also so totally friendly, he sits down and have real conversations and always finds the time for fans. I'm sure Federica is nice too, I just didn't meet with her that often.

    Albena & Maxim are also top friendly and likes to meet with their fans. Every championship I've been to they gather with fans in the official hotel lobby after the competitions over, giving out signed posters and little calenders, chatting and hanging around for ages. Albena is sooooo lovely, the sweetest woman you could imagine.

    I forgot to tell about my close-to-Trifun-Zivanovic (OES) moment we managed to "sneak" into the skaters party at Euros in Budapest 2004, thanks to Aidas Reklys of Lithuania (whom we had befriended in Euros in Lausanne 2001, when he offered us orange juice up in the stands....skating is so much fun isn't it! after that, we always cheered for him and threw him chocolate on the ice. such a nice guy, too bad he never did very well....really OES) anyway, Aidas got us in to the party, and there was all the skaters dancing, so much fun. We danced as well, but didn't want to bother anybody, as who wants crazy fans hanging around at their party? Kristoffer Berntsson was btw supercute dancing!

    Later on, we were walking around, and I don't remember how, but I dumped into Trifun, who had a drink in his hand and was a little on the go, but very, very friendly and real funny. We started talking, and I told him it was great to have him back in skating, though representing Serbia. he was so suprised I remembered him from worlds 99, and partying with Trifun Zivanovic is really recommanded we are about the same age, so it felt ok to hang out with him, instead of stalking some young sweetie he he

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    Frau Muller (the real one) and Katarina Witt rooming across the hall from me & my mom at Copenhagen Worlds ('82). We didn't know until there was a fire drill in the middle of the night and we all had to emerge from our rooms with coats over PJs and slippers. Very friendly. Frau was a bit nervous about not having make up on. Kat grabbed her skates. Everybody at the hotel had to stand in the cold for about 10 minutes, then we got the 'all clear' to return to the rooms.

    At 1983 US Nats in Pittsburgh, mom & I also had VIP neighbors at the hotel -- Scott Hamilton & Peter Carruthers! No fire alarms, though. In this case, we saw them when their TV set went bad during the Saturday-afternoon ABC taped telecast of Ladies SPs and something else. We heard some guys next door yell "Oh, no - TV is out." Then a knock on our door - they somehow could hear our TV on. They came in, along with Kitty C, in time to watch Tiffany Chin's skate. I remember my mom pulling out a chair for Scott to sit but he preferred to stand. Both of these incidents now seem crazy - surreal.
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    Ryan Jahnke all the way. Nice, kind, patient with knee-knocking, tongue-tied baby skaters. Baby skater went away with stars in her eyes. Rohene Ward close second for same great fan interaction.

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    I had a really great conversation with Donald Jackson at this years Skate Canada. We talked about Tricia Shubert of all things and came to the agreement that Figures (patch) and Figure Skating are really different sports.
    I want to thank you Lord for being with me so far this day. With your help, I have not been inpatient, lost my temper been grumpy or envious of anyone. But I will be getting out of bed in a minute and I think I will really need your help then. Amen

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    Who's Tricia Schubert?
    My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    Who's Tricia Schubert?
    Franz Schubert's little-known sister, who was a pioneer of figure skating?

    I think JanetB was referring to Trixi Schuba...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    Who's Tricia Schubert?
    Trixia Shuba is the greatest exponent of figures ever.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave of the North View Post
    Franz Schubert's little-known sister, who was a pioneer of figure skating?

    I think JanetB was referring to Trixi Schuba...
    Of course.
    My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.

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    to Nomad and Dave of the North.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkats View Post
    Did he sign it or did he just hand it back to you?
    Yeah, he did sign it. He was reading while signing. I bet he was sorry he signed though. I didn't mean to dis him, my notes included many positives... oh well!

    Loving these stories!
    "Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode

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    This is a great thread. I've met several skaters and all my experiences have been positive.

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    I was checking the photo on the side and Johnny must had noticed the look on my face. He came over and asked me if the photo came out okay. When I told him no, he immediately offered to pose for another.
    This exact, same thing happened to me at 2009 Worlds. So funny!

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    Finlandia Trophy 2009 when I asked Daisuke Takahashi to follow me
    ... and he followed!

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    Picture it, NYC, 1999.

    Champs on Ice lets out and I make my staunch, stalwart better-half stand with me on 33rd St by the buses.

    Me: "Wonderful performance, Mr. Galindo!"
    Rudy: "MISTER Galindo? I'm not that much older than you!" (ETA: Just two years! )

    Me: "Herr Steuer? Your autograph, bitte?"
    Ingo: "Harumphdfghfgjhflss"

    Me: "Mr. Swallow, may I please have your autograph?"
    Jerod: "Sure. You want my wife's, too?"

    Me: "Ms. Butyrskaya! Yoo-hoo, MARIA!!! Over here! Ms. Butyrskaya, may I have your autograph? I'm SO very happy that you won Worlds!"
    Maria: "Thank you! I am happy, too!"

    What a doll!

    Maria mentions later in an article that she was surprised that she was "famous" in the States!

    I'm like, lady, I'm stalking outside of Champions on Ice, of COURSE I know who you are!
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    Quote Originally Posted by maija View Post
    Finlandia Trophy 2009 when I asked Daisuke Takahashi to follow me
    ... and he followed!
    lol I once asked Alban Preaubert to get Brian for me so I can have a photo with both of them (and I really was too shy to disturb Brian while he was sitting in the stands, watching practices) and he totally did too

    so where did you take him anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mia joy View Post
    so where did you take him anyway?
    I was wondering the same...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mia joy View Post
    so where did you take him anyway?
    I took Daisuke Takahashi to an tv interview. We had to use an unusual route in the ice hall to get him there quickly without meeting fans and other journalists.

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