Though I'm not a skater nor a coach, I do watch lots of skating. I'd assume it's because I love sports, dance, and music, so it's a combination of the three that I happen to enjoy. I suppose I've usually watched programs with ignorant eyes. I know which jumps are which, I've had knowledge of all (6.0) or most (COP) of the rules, and it's not too hard to see things like if spins are fast/centered or not, but I don't think I catch a lot of the things that you posters do. I don't really notice if someone has deep edges, I wouldn't be able to define "basic skating skills", and there are probably many other things I don't pick up on.
I'm asking for input on how one can watch programs. Do some of you focus mostly on the feet? Do you pick up right away on if someone has better line than last season or do you notice after watching a program a few times?
I tend to have my favorites and watch programs hoping they'll do well and watch the rest being critical of their performance, but I have also taken comments from this website to watch old programs (or some for the first time) in order to pay attention to specific aspects.
How can a viewer become more educated and watch a program in a more meaningful way?
*side note: I love the knowledge I've picked up here, including musical suggestions. Where should I start a thread about dance in general (I am sure many of you like it)? I'd love for there to be a thread about favorite YouTube clips, movies about dance, etc.
Many thanks in advance.