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A letter-writing project for Adrian Schultheiss fans
As I'm sure most of you have heard by now, Adrian has been feeling low since the 2008 Worlds, and he is contemplating quitting the sport. I've recently befriended the webmistress of his official website, and she invites you all to take part in her letter-writing project. Please e-mail your messages for Adrian to email@example.com
She has a small recommendation on what to include in your letter:
At first I wanted this to be an "encouraging" project, but I think it might be hard for Adrian to read something like "Don’t give up", "Hang in there", etc. during such a rough time. Maybe it would be sweeter to send him some warm words, just showing our love and appreciation for his hard work, dedication and achievements.
For those of you who prefer snail mail, I've sent an e-mail to Svenska Konståkningsförbundet (the Swedish Figure Skating Association) asking them what would be the best way to reach Adrian. I'll share the address if I get a response.
This is a great idea! I'll write him a few words, that's for sure.
Like subtlety in ice dancing
What subject line should we include to help Webmistress sort the email more efficiently?
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
"For Adrian" worked for me. I don't think you need to worry about it getting lost, though.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Lest you think this stuff doesn't work, it worked for Ryan Bradley.
He came back to US Nationals because of a Twitter and Facebook campaign by his fans. The stuff he said really touched him was fans saying how much they would miss seeing his performances at Nationals.
So that's a good start, perhaps.
Like subtlety in ice dancing
I'm not worried about my e-mail getting lost, was thinking that if she got a lot of emails about this, it would help her sort it out.
I do think a more public campaign where people can see what others have written would help more, since that would motivate some people to write a message of support when they wouldn't have otherwise. And in that vein, here's my letter to Adrian:
Like the first skater to do a camel spin, or the first one to do a kind of jump, you are an originator who has changed the sport. Let me explain: That free skate you skated so perfectly at the Olympics was seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world. After seeing so many programs to movie soundtracks and classical music, they saw you skate to trip-hop, metal, rap and even the sound of a scream. After seeing so many skaters try to be proper and elegant, they saw you skate weirdly and even violently. Some of those millions of people who saw you skate will go on to become skaters themselves, then coaches or choreographers. Some of them already are. And for many of them, you made them realize that a skater doesn't have to skate to classical music, or even music at all. That a skater can portray something weird and even ugly and still be wonderful and loved by the crowd. That being really different and doing it really well, like you did, makes a skater far more memorable, because they remembered you. From now on, there will be programs and choreography using music and themes that wouldn't have been used without you. You have made the sport more interesting, popular and creative. Thank you! I hope you have the freedom to continue to innovate and change the sport.
[My Real Name Redacted]
Last edited by Serious Business; 02-05-2011 at 09:45 PM.