And my english is better than your greek, thank you
But, as you have already said, there is plenty rooting AGAINST in other sports. Like in this year World Cup - The Irish fans were rooting AGAINST the French, as the French knocked the Irish out of contention and there was a controversial ref call involved.
So, during their broadcast of the Mexico-France game, the Irish TV commentators wore sombreros. The Mexicans won.
Dubliners celebrated by drinking tequila shots until dawn.
Figure Skating is a more personal sport that others, let's not pretend it's not. It's one person - or two - out there by themselves in skimpy outfits being judged. So, it's not surprising that some fans/sports writers want to be gentler. This seems to be more true for the women - again let's not pretend otherwise. It's not taboo to root against Evan. Some seem to consider it taboo to root against Rachael.
^ The way I see it, the difference between figure skating and sports like soccer is this. In soccer, there is defense. Not only do you try to score yourself, but you also try to stop the other guys from scoring. If this means flopping convincingly in front of the referee -- well, that's sports. Hooray for the home team.
In figure skating there is no way to interfere with the other competitors' performances, except to sabotage their skates before hand or try to injure them in warm-ups.
Other than that, each skater must approach the competition with the mind set, "My rival will skate his best. I must skate even better."
To me, it is the same with fans. All we can do is cheer our heads off for our favorites, and cheer less lustily for the ones that are not.
^ True. Even in the case that the home team completely blows out the visiting team, sometimes you see people getting bored, and fans leaving early.