Funnily I don’t even find him particularly attractive when I watch old tapes today. But I still adore his skating. However, today I love Kurt Browning’s skating too. So I’m glad that teenage days are over.
Respect – personally I’d respect everyone who skates at elite level, no matter what his / her personality is like. E.g. I’ve always respected Tonya Harding for her powerful jumps.
You can like the skating of someone – e.g. I liked Christie Yamaguchi, though it didn’t emotionally touch me, still found her performances very good and can watch them and enjoy.
Cheering for someone – I actively hope that this skater does particularly well. For me it’s usually skaters, who’s skating I do not only like, but skaters that touch me emotionally. I don’t need to perceive their personality in a positive way. However, if a skater does things I don’t like at all, mostly connected to the sport and being a fair sportsman (e.g. no doping, unfair behavior towards competitors, racism, etc.), I think I would somehow “disconnect” and won’t be able to cheer for him/her any longer. It’s mostly about sportsmanship, don’t care very much for skaters' private lives, unless they do something really awful. Alexej Yagudin is a good example – I looooved his skating, but I wasn’t fond about him complaining he never became Russian Champion (--> most times he simply skated badly at nationals). But he was young and obviously he stopped with it now, so I don’t care any longer and really very much enjoy his skating. However, I wouldn’t give “active fan support to him” (= doing projects, etc.).
Becoming an uber fan – to me it means that I’m prepared to actively do something for a skater, e.g. participate in scrap book projects, throw little presents on the ice. For me this is certainly connected with personality. For example I always "liked" Masha Petrova / Lyosha Tikhonov, though I was not an uber fan until I saw them live at exhibitions. They were just so much better than in competition! I think in competitions they just focused too much on the elements, but after watching them in shows I started to cheer for them and detected that both of them are just among the nicest persons I’ve met in the circuit so far. I was very much impressed by their personality on the ice and off the ice as well. Therefore I helped a friend of mine, who made a scrapbook for them a tiny little bit and of course also made a contribution to the book. I simply love them now and will always root for them. – However, I would never give this kind of “active fan support” to skaters whose personality I can't stand, e.g. because of arrogant behaviour, even if I liked their skating.
So basically if I like the skating of someone or not, doesn’t depend on personality. However, active fandom that leads me to actively doing something for skaters depends a lot on that factor as well.
I have to say I really like this thread! It's just interesting to read, how other skating fans handle this. I wonder if female fans take personality more into account than male fans (just giving the stereotype of quads and power only ).