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    Flowers and ice a perilous combination

    Jim Anderson knows a lot about figure skating. And he knows a lot about flowers. But he also knows the two don’t always mix.

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    I never have understood why throwing flowers or other objects on the ice has been allowed. It is a hazard. When did this practice start? You look at vids from the past and don't see this. People attending these events should be told they will not be allowed to enter the arena with them. If they bring them, they will be confiscated and given to a hospital or other charitable organization.

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    I'm not sure when the tradition of fans throwing flowers onto the ice first started, but it was certainly well-established by 1979 as attested by the ending of the movie Ice Castles.

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    As long as the flowers are wrapped, I don't see it as a problem. I like the tradition of throwing gifts to the skaters - it shows them that the audience really appreciated their performance. Unless, the skater is blind like the girl in Ice Castles, I don't really think it is dangerous. Just make sure the ice is cleared off thoroughly before each skater, and that's that.

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    The applause tells the skater that his performance is appreciated and that's that lol. And what about the feelings of the skaters who have nothing thrown on the ice for them? There are some bad manners involved here. Send your bouquets and toys directly to the skater, so others don't feel under appreciated.

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    But won't the skaters who get less applause feel under appreciated? Should applause then be monitored too?

    Ah Ice Castles. Such a wonderful guilty pleasure of a movie...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterscotch17 View Post
    Unless, the skater is blind like the girl in Ice Castles, I don't really think it is dangerous.
    Well we can be sure that will never be the case, LOL.

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    It's fun for the skater to get something thrown on the ice. For comps discouraging it, they leave the hockey netting up. I haven't seen flowers thrown, just plushies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades of Passion View Post
    Well we can be sure that will never be the case, LOL.
    Right because Tonya Harding's "friends" will make sure that never happens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterscotch17 View Post
    As long as the flowers are wrapped, I don't see it as a problem. I like the tradition of throwing gifts to the skaters - it shows them that the audience really appreciated their performance. Unless, the skater is blind like the girl in Ice Castles, I don't really think it is dangerous. Just make sure the ice is cleared off thoroughly before each skater, and that's that.
    I think I saw this movie and the girl goes blind and then hooks up with a hockey player and well "toe pick". Hmm I wonder if there are any teams like that now competing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post

    I think I saw this movie and the girl goes blind and then hooks up with a hockey player and well "toe pick". Hmm I wonder if there are any teams like that now competing?
    You're mixing movies.

    Ice Castles was about a young girl from a small town who came to attention at Nationals. Her boyfriend (portrayed by Robby Benson) was a local boy who was hoping to make it big in the NHL. He didn't, but her agent got her a lot of publicity as the golden girl of the next Nationals. She started to be attracted to another guy and live the glitzy life. One night at an event, she felt lonely and went out on to the ice at Rockefeller Center and started skating. She went to do a triple jump and landed it, but there was a cable on the ice which caused her to fall and slide into a bunch of tables and chairs. She was legally blind and sent home. Her father, family friend and exboyfriend got her back and skates and back to Nationals where she skated triumphantly until she tripped on the flowers thrown out on the ice. The End.

    Movie was remade recently starring Taylor Firth.


    Cutting Edge stars Moira Kelly was a pairs skater who loses her partner and is teamed with a washed up hockey player. They go on to win Nationals and compete at the Olympics where they perform an amazing throw twist and declare their love as they take their final pose. 'Toe Pick' is from this movie.

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    I think they tried to limit what can be thrown out on the ice to items that don't have things attached to them - i.e. the strawberries. However, my guess is the people had to buy them at the venue and cried foul over not being able to bring what they want - perhaps something that had meaning to the person or skater.

    I believe most of the skaters donate the stuffed animals to local hospitals - perhaps keeping a special one (i.e. the 1st one received, maybe from the 1st National competition where the skater medalled, won gold, etc.)

    I do agree that there's risk to the subsequent skaters as that little rhinestone can easily be overlooked and cause a skater to fall or stumble. However, that little object could just as easily fall off of another skater's costume. I recall watching events where the subsequent skater just skates around and will stop and pick things off of the ice or even seen a skater re-start their program after they show a judge an object on the ice.

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    Even at the practice session in London today, Yuna had to stop her Free program practice to remove something from the ice.

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    I'm w/ my wife & daughter @ #FSworlds13. Daughter not understanding logic of throwing her stuffed toy on the ice. #reallydaddy? #LDNOnt
    3:03 PM - 14 Mar 13

    The tweet is from a local politician in London, but I guess that even he could not give a satisfactory explanation.

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    Patrick Chan, JJeremy Ten - a few others have commented on the stuffed animal throwing (and the panties too that apparently get thrown at Chan?). Hospitals etc can't take them as they're not "new and unwrapped" and they end up with bags full that they don't know what to do with. I think Ten said he had "closets" full of toys. Not sure the rationale between throwing stuffed animals at grown men? What are they supposed to do with them?

    Can't remember the rules on this forum re: linking to outside articles. But, here's the article discussing it. Quotes from Elizabeth Manley etc:

    http://m.theglobeandmail.com/sports/...service=mobile

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