P.S. BTW, the sit-jump during the last combination spin in Send in the Clowns is kind of ugly in the cam. It looked OK on TV.
Are you guys serious? That devil sign is commonly used as a cheering sign, not just in Russia but all over the world, especially at rock and pop concerts, and sporting events. Even Celine Dion, the queen of cheesy vanilla adult contemporary pop does it, and constantly at that
Many football fans do it too.....
Your 'explanation' actually suggest he is a Russian official more than any other nationalities since you mentioned it is a 'cultural' thing. Which frankly made it even worse in the interest of fair play. Put it this way, why didn't the same man offer the same 'cheer' to the Russian or any other nationality skaters when they skate right pass him? According to the NHK broadcast, he was just there for Kim's performance only. When have we ever seen this sort of 'act' during this Olympics, or skating competitions anywhere in the world? The reason is obvious.
I frankly question your judgement. Which part of the official personnel 'should not' distract rival skaters while they perform something important, dangerous and should not lose their focus you don't understand? Is this the typical behaviour in a figure skating competition anywhere in the world or just in Russia at this Olympics to a skater that happens to be their biggest barrier for gold?
Are you so seriously lack in common sense you actually require an official notice to spell out 'how not to behave'? A 5 years old should know better.
You don't know that he has any official capacity.
You don't know if he's a Russian official or indeed any other official.
You don't know that he didn't offer the same cheer to all other skaters. Did NHK record the entire length of ladies' skating? Did they keep their focus on that one man? Is there proof he didn't do it for anyone else?
I can of course adapt the same tactic to ask you to proof me he is not an official, proof me he is not Russian, proof me he did the same outrageous distraction to other skaters. Proof this is a typical behavior on the rink side, proof this happens in other skating competitions.
People explained to you how what you posted doesn't constitute "visual proof" because that gesture doesn't mean what you think it means. You made up a story about someone at the rinkside, filled up the blanks with your own guesswork and now you're angry people don't buy it?
Despite the protests of Illuminati conspiracy theorists, the devil horns sign is commonly used as a generic gesture that basically means "ROCK ON". It may have started out as an anti-establishment sort of gesture but evolved into something more benignHook 'em Horns is the slogan and hand signal of the University of Texas at Austin. Students and alumni of the university employ a greeting consisting of the phrase "Hook 'em" or "Hook 'em Horns" and also use the phrase as a parting good-bye or as the closing line in a letter or story. The gesture is meant to approximate the shape of the head and horns of the UT mascot, the Texas Longhorn Bevo.
Fans of the University of South Florida Bulls use the same hand sign at their athletic events, except that the hand is turned around and facing the other way. With the middle and ring finger extending towards the person presenting the "Go Bulls" sign.
Fans of North Dakota State University Bison athletics also use a similar hand gesture, known as "Go Bison!" The pinky and index fingers are usually slightly bent, however, to mimic the shape of a bison's horns.
Fans of North Carolina State University Wolfpack athletics use a similar gesture with the middle and ring fingers moving up and down over the thumb to mimic a wolf's jaw
Fans of University of California, Irvine Anteaters use a similar sign with the middle and ring fingers out to resemble the head of the mighty anteater.
Fans of University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack athletics use a similar sign with the middle and ring fingers out to resemble the wolf's snout.
Fans of University of Utah athletics, particularly football and gymnastics, use a gesture where the index and pinky finger are straight and parallel to each other, forming a block "U."
Fans of Northwestern State University Demon athletics also use a similar hand gesture, known as "Fork 'em!" The pinky and index fingers are extended but a little more parallel to each other resembling the horns on a demon.
Arizona State University Sun Devil fans make a pitchfork sign by extending the index and middle fingers, as well as the pinky. The thumb holds down the ring finger to complete the gesture.
Fans of the University of Oklahoma, a Big 12 Conference rival of The University of Texas, typically invert the "Hook 'em Horns" as a symbol of defiance toward The University of Texas. This symbol is especially prevalent during football season, leading up to the Red River Rivalry game, played each October in Dallas, Texas.
Fans of the Wichita State University Shockers frequently hold up their middle finger in addition to the pointer and pinky fingers as a reference to the comic sexual act.
Kind of unrelated but Michelle actually started her "Miraculous Mandarin" program with her hands forming that gesture