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    Skater's superstitions

    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.

    http://www.taibabilonia.com/asktai.html

    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
    Michelle Kwan had a lucky pendant she always wore, given to her by her grandmother.

    http://espn.go.com/classic/s/add_kwan_michelle.html

    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.
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    Well I always put my right boot on first, and when I don't it sticks in my mind and I have to take them off and put them on again. I used to have a superstition that i could not land my axel unless i did all my singles first, but learning the 2 axel made me drop that habit.

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    Didn't Sasha Cohen have something going on one season where she just absolutely had to be the first to get on the ice and the last off? I think it was the 2002-2003 season? I remember some fuss about it.

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    Landing my axel..............again skatergirl45's Avatar
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    I have to put my left boot on first and at competition be the first one around the rink in the warm up lap.
    I also have to go through a specific warm up routine off the ice when I compete...........

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    the skaters at my club have a TON of superstitions but we don't get too hung up on them, most of them are just for fun.

    But I always do a backward outside three turn before I get off the ice after warm up. I have a good luck elephant i bring to every competition (she watched competitions on tv with me too lol) and one thing I ALWAYS do is watch Michelle Kwan's Fields of Gold program the night before a competition.

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    IIRC, MK wore a good luck necklace given to her by her grandmother. According to her autobiography, Michelle Kwan's childhood superstition involved not changing the condition of her skates after skating real well (she didn't even polish them) -- until Frank Carroll taught her that the judges do notice such things.

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    Also there have been several skaters who have their skates autographed or have stuff drawn on them.

    At this moment, I can't recall who, although I have a vague memory that at one point Michelle Kwan had her skates autographed by Michael Jordan, and that Rena Inoue has Tweety Birds on her skates.

    http://www.inoueandbaldwin.com/photos/fourrena3.jpg

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    i believe Tara Lipinski had a picture or her and her friend put into the heel of her boot. Does anyone else remember this. I vaguely remember seeing her skates at the world figure skating museum about six years ago.

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    This video (2007 Worlds fluff by CBC) shows a few of the top skaters' superstitions, which are mostly about which boot is put on first, but also some about water bottles

    Kypma

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    I remember Denis Petukhov saying once that he always steps onto the ice with the same foot first, but I don't remember which foot it was. And Melissa started giggling because she had never noticed before that he did that! It was cute.

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    Landing my axel..............again skatergirl45's Avatar
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    I watch fields of gold too........
    And Emily Hughe's Sylvia because that is my music. I also do a flip before I leave the ice to feel confident.

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    Totally off topic for a moment...but there was recently an article on the local news channel internet site regarding athletes superstitions. Anyway it mentioned that Tiger Woods always wears red on Sundays....and guess what, yesterday he was wearing red.

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    Absolutely, then, red it is. Tiger's last putt yesterday was so, so lucky.

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