All this talk about "tempting the skate gods" is just silly.
I'll take this opportunity to reveal that I am, in fact, one of the aforementioned skate gods. (No autographs, please. I don't feel like it today.)
All of you can do whatever you feel like, because really, we're not tempted by very much. Except Swiss Chocolate.
As skate gods, our duties are divided. My divine handle is "Slick", and I'm in charge of ice slipperiness.
We have other skate gods in charge of ice texture, ice grippiness, and -- yes, it's true -- commentator praise. His name's Pounce. He hovers above the commentator booth, and as soon as Dick Button praises a skater, he swings into action and Does His Thang, and he does it well. If Sandra Bezic had just held some Swiss Chocolate over her head during a couple of key moments in Salt Lake City, well, hello Gold Medal for Michelle Kwan and good-bye Gold Medal for Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze. But, hey, them's the breaks.
As for the concept that viewers can alter the outcome of a competition: HA! Don't make me laugh! We skate gods are just like the ISU -- we don't give a flip about you!
So go ahead. Continue to wear your lucky underwear whenever Joubert takes the ice. We don't care.
-- The Slickster