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    If I almost close my eyes and peer out through the crack, the skater will not fall. If they fall anyway, obviously Slippery the Skate God sensed that my eyes really weren't closed. Like Mathman, I depend on replays and videos after the fact to see what really happened. Peering through my fingers can also be effective.

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    As a competitive figure skater myself, I don't have any rituals. I don't think it's wise to have any because it makes skaters think that the fate of how they will skate is in the hands of some silly tradition.

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    A LOT of athletes are ridiculously superstitious. One of the strangest skater superstitions I've witnessed is a female pro skater (I mean c'mon - if it's only a show who cares? Why even bother with the ritual? But I digress....) who had a little set of dolls she would line up in the dressing room and mumble some words over.

    Some superstitions are cute. Alexander Abt's is that he always touches the surface of the ice with his hand before skating. As he once said, "To say hello."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eeyora
    It is bad luck for Michelle Kwan to wear black.
    Oh, I don't know. I thought that THIS was one of her better routines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanzibar

    Some superstitions are cute. Alexander Abt's is that he always touches the surface of the ice with his hand before skating. As he once said, "To say hello."
    Awww, that's adorable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwanford Wife
    Hey, don't laugh it works!!! Since I began this ~ I've only missed twice ... Worlds '04 & '05...
    Damn you Kwanford Wife, why did you miss it...WHHHHHYYYYYY?!?!?!



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    Quote Originally Posted by IDLERACER
    Oh, I don't know. I thought that THIS was one of her better routines.
    This, too.

    http://www.boardwalkhall.com/images/...e-Kwan_big.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by antmanb
    Damn you Kwanford Wife, why did you miss it...WHHHHHYYYYYY?!?!?!



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    I knooowwww I'm soorryyyy.... I was busy at work & messed up the time changes... plus, I forgot to factor in the qual round.... so technically, her '04 rebound in the long is all me... wouldn't ya say??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanzibar
    A LOT of athletes are ridiculously superstitious. One of the strangest skater superstitions I've witnessed is a female pro skater (I mean c'mon - if it's only a show who cares? Why even bother with the ritual? But I digress....) who had a little set of dolls she would line up in the dressing room and mumble some words over.

    Some superstitions are cute. Alexander Abt's is that he always touches the surface of the ice with his hand before skating. As he once said, "To say hello."
    Even if it's "only a show," I would imagine that most skaters take pride in their craft and care enough to want to provide the audience who paid to see them skate with a good performance. Unless I'm drawing a major blank on the competition rosters for both eligible and pro competitions over the last three to four years, Abt's "Hello" to the ice happens for "only a show," too.

    It seems to me that rituals are fairly common in most performing arts as well as both amateur and professional sports. I remember a fluff piece that was televised as part of a Stars on Ice broadcast several years ago that showed us many of the little rituals (high fives, air kisses, "secret" handshakes and the like) that the cast participated in prior to taking the ice. It was cute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwanford Wife
    I knooowwww I'm soorryyyy.... I was busy at work & messed up the time changes... plus, I forgot to factor in the qual round.... so technically, her '04 rebound in the long is all me... wouldn't ya say??
    Definitely!! Thank goodness you managed to get her back round for the SP and LP!!!

    Ant

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    I think people, in general, are more superstitious than we like to believe we are. We all have little rituals and routines we go through, even if it is as simple as when we take our vitamins or which leg goes into the pants first. And when our routines get disrupted, for the slightest of reasons, things seem to be off-kilter.

    I sure can see this happeneing with athletes. And because they are under a magnifying glass, competition or show, it seems more crucial, and possibly even humorous!

    In one performing arts organization I've worked with right before a show the performers (they never did invite the technical crew, thankfully!) would form a circle and whisper hushing sounds! Then to end it a loud HUSH! It was called, of all things :Husha, Husha - go figure!

    Well, in the grand scheme of things - whatever works for ya, baby!

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    Does any skater have a "lucky loonie" superstition like the Canadian men's hockey team? I guess it would difficult to get a coin into the ice if you don't know the icemaker, but since Canadian icemakers were in SLC and Torino (?) it might have been possible at those events anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanzibar
    A LOT of athletes are ridiculously superstitious. One of the strangest skater superstitions I've witnessed is a female pro skater (I mean c'mon - if it's only a show who cares? Why even bother with the ritual? But I digress....) who had a little set of dolls she would line up in the dressing room and mumble some words over.
    IIRC, that was Tara Lipinski, and the dolls were "spiritual icons" which she prayed over... she also did this at several pro competitions...

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    This was found on the Crystallettes, synchronized team.

    ... Superstitions include no negative comments in the locker room, and before stepping on the ice at a competition the last person in line starts to "fluff" the person's skirt in front of them, and it continues to the front ... They also pass the Buddha down the line and everyone rubs his belly.

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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Zanzibar
    "A LOT of athletes are ridiculously superstitious. One of the strangest skater superstitions I've witnessed is a female pro skater (I mean c'mon - if it's only a show who cares? Why even bother with the ritual? But I digress....) who had a little set of dolls she would line up in the dressing room and mumble some words over."

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle
    IIRC, that was Tara Lipinski, and the dolls were "spiritual icons" which she prayed over... she also did this at several pro competitions...

    Nah, wasn't Tara that I saw doing it as we've never met that I can recall, so I guess there must be more than one lady skater that likes the dolls, LOL.
    I think that's one of things that made Alexei such a champion - although he would occasionally look 'for signs' he never relied on superstitions for his 'luck'. Rather, he made it himself.

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