04-03-2011, 12:28 PM
Listen to any broadcast with Peggy Fleming and you will hear over and over comments from her about what she saw in practice.
Originally Posted by KKonas
Further, there are broadcast teams considered better than USA teams, but why is it we hear "oh, he is the Dick Button of my country."
Sorry, other countries don't have a two time OGM winner who revolutionized the sport with 40 plus years broadcasting experience.
Like Plushy, most other countries want to be like Dick Button. But they can't because he occupies a unique position in figure skating history. One that Kurt or Plushy can't touch.
Last edited by janetfan; 04-03-2011 at 12:34 PM.
04-03-2011, 12:37 PM
Everyone has their hero(s). I prefer mine to be a geuninely nice guy.
Originally Posted by Hernando
04-03-2011, 12:46 PM
To recognize contributions made on the ice and in the broadcasting booth is not the same as proclaiming someone as "my hero."
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
For the record, I have heard Kurt make some awfully sarcastic remarks and that was done not when he was a crotchety old geezer but in the prime of his life.
I have no idea how nice a man Button is, or Orser or Kurt for that matter. I don't know these guys personaly.
04-03-2011, 12:56 PM
I have no problem with commentators being negative or sarcastic, so long as they don't try to eat their colleagues in the booth. I've met Kurt, he's pretty much you get what you see... i've no met Dick, but we sat behind the commentary team during practices in 2005 and he seems pretty jovial, but he was more at ease with the guys... I do like his rapport with Terry Gannon, just not with his fellow "experts". Perhaps he just feels like the youngin's are pushing him out. He's still the father of US figure skating in many eyes.
As for Kurt, he can come off as egotistical at times (there's a recent interview where, without hearing voice inflection he came off as his biggest fan to me lol), but he's always respectful of the audience/fellow commentators in the booth. He pretty much ignores the argument and just focusses on the skating... I don't care what country they're from I like that most in a commentator. (that being said, the only country's commentators that I ever hear argue are the ones on US TV lol but I don't get to watch a whole lot of Canadian or European broadcasts... and I don't understand Japanese, Russian or Chinese.)
04-03-2011, 01:30 PM
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