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Won't tell ...
How about a poll to show the jinx anyone has received to himself/herself by wishing ill to others?
Of course I have!
I don't think there's anything wrong with that. In football you hope the other team fumbles the ball and your team gets it. In basketball you hope the other team turns the ball over when they pass or misses when they shoot. In baseball you hope the outfielder drops the ball and your team scores..why should it be any different in figure skating?
I find it weird that it seems to be so taboo for a skating fan to wish for another skater to mess up just so their favorite can win. If you admit to hoping for someone to make mistakes or, God forbid, actually verbalize it (ie. post something about hoping someone makes mistakes) you are looked at like you're the worst person ever. Everyone always lies and says, "I hope everyone skates their best," knowing good and well the second Skater A pops/falls/URs a jump you whisper, "Yes!", especially if that mistake lessens Skater A's chances of beating your favorite, Skater B.
I don't see anything wrong with admitting you want your favorite to win and if that means other people need to mess up then so be it. This is supposed to be a sport after all. Why is figure skating the only sport where you have to root for everyone to do their best? Why can't we cheer when someone we don't like makes a mistake? Does that make us bad people? If so what does that say about football/basketball/baseball/hockey/soccer fans? They cheer their heads off when the other team messes up...
Why do figure skating fans have to sit on a high horse and politely cheer for everyone, including the people they don't like? That's so phony and fake. No wonder people don't view figure skating as an actual sport...if you laugh/clap when someone messes up, people treat you like the devil.
OTOH, skating is a more subjective sport, and my impression of skaters doesn't always align with that of the judges. Which means that sometimes I do hope that not everyone will be at their best in order to have a result I like. But I don't enjoy watching skaters fall, and that's one thing I don't hope for.
There have been times where I've hoped a person would mess up and would laugh if they did...I guess I'm a horrible person.
I'm cool with that though. After all, it's just figure skating.
You are funny and honest! I have too.
I've hoped skaters would fail (whether that meant falling or something else, like pop a jump or not do enough rotations in their spins to get a level, I didn't care what the mistake was) so my favorite would win; but I would never take that as far as wishing injury onto a person.
Just like I'd wish basketball players will miss their free throws (using an example where the defense doesn't get to play).
It's natural in sports.
However, I don't have many favorite skaters, so I often just cheer for good skating overall.
Most of my "I hope she messes up" moments came back when I was rooting solely for the Kween. Every other skater could suck it...I wanted the Kween to win! Now, I don't root for only one skater. I've got about a dozen I love and all of them are top skaters which means my faves are almost always on the podium. I prefer it that way. It allows me to relax and enjoy watching skating instead of maintaining eye contact and muttering a jinx while the person is on the ice...
I would never ever wish injury on anyone and I hate it when they fall hard. Ouch.
But I have to confess to hoping MCM would mess up JUST A LITTLE BIT so Brendan Kerry could beat him at JGP Riga, because if that happened, maybe Brendan could win. But I wanted MCM to come second to him. And then I guess karma bit me in the butt and they both bombed and finished off the podium.
But I prefer not to wish for skaters to mess up, but rather, the ones I want to win to blow everyone else out of the park. Much more fun like that.
I was not sad when Sasha Cohen made her mistake on the 2nd Salchow at 2004 Worlds. Does that count ?
As a former skater who sustained numerous and several severe injuries with fractures and internal organ contusions as a result of falls while skating, my response is a resounding, "NO."
Any other response would be very questionable, IMHO, as very serious injuries can result. Skating and pair skating can be extremely dangerous.
It's not quite the same as wishing for a fall, but I have occasionally snickered with pleasure after a skater did fall. I remember Tara's classic butt-splat in the SP at 98 Nationals made me laugh out loud.
I can't quite bring myself, though, to actually root for falls ahead of time. I usually just hope the rival skater messes up in some more minor way (like an uncontrolled landing or a doubled jump), so they are just enough off to make it hard for the judges to justify putting him/her/them ahead of my favorite.