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    Quote Originally Posted by AragornElessar View Post
    To those who are snarking on his commentary, I get he's got his haters when it comes to that, but considering the man's had zero training in on air commentary I actually think he's not doing *that* badly. Everyone thinks it's ohhhh sooo easy until they try it and surprise!! What's really easy to do at home? Not so much when you've got a camera on you and you're live to thousands out there judging your every word.
    I don't think he's had zero training. I would be very surprised if CBC would throw someone into a high-profile gig like that without giving them some preparation. And comparing him to someone sitting on their couch....well, he's not sitting on a couch at home, so it's not unreasonable to expect a higher standard of performance from him vs. the couch-sitter.

    I think he's struggling to find a balance between being his regular casual self and being an authoritative voice, and that's a really difficult balance, even for very experienced commentators. I don't think he always succeeds, but I appreciate what he's trying to do. And I would sooner listen to him than certain other male commentators' shrieking and grunting, or rhapsodizing about the quad and Elvis.
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    Indeed. I would much rather listen to someone who actually knows how to skate and has experience competing and choreographing than some talking head reading from notes someone else prepared for them. I don't mind if he stumbles a bit; the value he adds is far greater than any Rod Black or Brenda whatshername contributes. And I do think Kurt has come a long way.

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    Well, personally I enjoy Kurt's commentary (that which I've heard) much more than I ever have Tracy Wilson's ... (not to mention Sandra Bezic's and Scott Hamilton's).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    Indeed. I would much rather listen to someone who actually knows how to skate and has experience competing and choreographing than some talking head reading from notes someone else prepared for them. I don't mind if he stumbles a bit; the value he adds is far greater than any Rod Black or Brenda whatshername contributes. And I do think Kurt has come a long way.
    I too enjoy a skater who has knowledge however, please talk about the skaters not yourself....that's all I'm saying. Gets old fast just like him lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    Well, personally I enjoy Kurt's commentary (that which I've heard) much more than I ever have Tracy Wilson's ... (not to mention Sandra Bezic's and Scott Hamilton's).
    I'd trade Scott for Kurt any day and every day

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