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    Fur Coats for the Skating Moms

    I remember a time when skating moms were expected to show up for their children's competitive programs dressed to the hilt - fur coats, jewelry, the whole nine yards. I guess it was part of the country club "look" that was espoused in some skating circles.

    Thankfully, that kind of snobbery doesn't seem to be the norm any longer. Most of the skating moms I see at competitions are dressed nicely, but conservatively. Nothing that screams, "Look at me!"

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    Your post reminded me of Tatiana Tarasova. I love seeing her in her signature fur coat. I remember at some competition this year the ABC announcers were kind of making fun of her, and Terry Gannon (I think) was like, "It's not even that cold in here!" But I still smile whenever I see her & the coat

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    I remember that comment about it not being cold in the rink, but there was the fur coat...I think that I will put that on my wish list...I would not mind if I have a fur coat to snuggle up in...

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    Tatiana's fur coat looked beautiful, I think. I cannot think of any other coach who wears a fur coat to the rink during competitions.

    Maybe the coaches think it's not environmentally correct to wear a fur coat -- after all, some innocent critters had to lose their lives in order to produce the fur coats.

    :(

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    We had that mostly at the North Shore winter club - where Karen Magnussen trained. Our local rinks in Surrey and out lying areas were not as classy. It depended on where one skated and if one was in competition or not.

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    I always look at Tatiana's coat as her "signature style". It would be strange to see her without it. I don't know that I'd recognize her! LOL

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    I wonder if she wears it in the summer.

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    No one seems to mind the animal slaughter to make fur coats.

    Joe

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    Originally posted by Joesitz
    No one seems to mind the animal slaughter to make fur coats.
    Well, not necessarily. One can mention someone wearing a fur coar without going into the whole discussion about killing animals, no?

    Windspirit (a vegetarian)

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    Originally posted by Joesitz
    No one seems to mind the animal slaughter to make fur coats.

    Joe
    And, from the looks of it, a herd certainly had to be killed.

    I personally thinks she looks ridiculous in it, but it's her body.

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    lol

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    I like fur coats. I even own one. I really dont have a problem with it. Honestly. Whats the difrence between this and meat or leather or..... I understand it isnt NEEDED, but that doesnt mean it cant be done.

    Rosie-a proud meat eater

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    I think the point is that animals used for leather are also used to feed people. People would need to eat...and using the skin to make leather also makes less waste.

    People in colder climates sometimes do need fur coats...I'm sure that Tatiana does need her coat when going back for a Russian winter. Brrrrrrrr

    But I've seen people in HOUSTON who have fur coats...have you seen the size of a chinchilla? Hundreds of those little "cuddly fat squirrels" are killed to make one of those.

    1 cow = 1 leather jacket and/or several pairs of boots
    100 chinchillas = 1 fur coat

    Enough already though...It's really an individual's right to choose to wear dead things...



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    Guys, I really was not attempting to start a dialogue on the merits
    of killing or not killing live animals to creat fur coats.

    My point is -- figure skating still has a bit of a country club snobby attitude -- at least at some rinks -- and mothers of competitive skaters are more or less expected to show up for their children's competitions "dressed for the part". Thankfully, my local rink does
    not adhere to those unwritten rules. Parents show up for local competitions in whatever they happen to like to wear - jeans, casual clothes, etc. Of course, the skaters are dressed to the hilt!

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    The only snobby attitude I've ever noticed was from the skaters, who have a tendency to turn thier noses up at anyone who wasn't from-the-rink-born so to speak. How many Oly gold winning plumber's daughters do we have to produce before that old cc sterotype dies out for good?

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