A lot of skaters have superstitions, apparently, and so do their parents.
Johnny Weir's mom left a sweater in a hotel room in Russia because she believed it had bad luck stuck to it.
And Stevie Nicks gave Tai Babilonia a pendant that she still wears all the time for luck. The only time she didn't skate with it was the Olympics SP that she and Randy had to withdraw from.
Michelle Kwan had a lucky pendant she always wore, given to her by her grandmother.Dear Jodi...... so many people are curious about my crescent moon, i came in
contact with Stevie for the first time in the summer of '79, i think she
happened to be watching t.v. when randy and i won the world championships
that winter. Stevie had stopped by the ice rink in Santa Monica where we were
training and gave me the very special 24-karat gold crescent moon charm for
good luck at the upcoming Olympics in lake placid. i have only taken it off
once and that was the eve. randy and i were to compete in lake placid.....
well we all know what happened that night, needless to say that moon has not
left my neck since...... stevie inspires me in so many ways, she is as magical
in person as she is on t.v. love, tai
And I read that Patti Weir, Johnny's mom, left a sweater in Russia because she associated it with the bad luck that he had in a competition there.
I would think that having a particularly ritual before skating would be calming, at the very least, even if you didn't believe in luck.