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Thread: Which skater's performance at Sochi 2014 is most likely to boost the sports popularity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallylutz View Post
    I am not sure. Jason Brown did very well at the U.S. Nationals though he is not quite there yet. When he skated to Riverdance, I can't help but thinking about the most famous Riverdance in Figure Skating : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3K5Qwj3UFI

    In comparison, you can see why Brown's Riverdance is well, not quite there yet. More specifically, he hasn't quite mastered the upper body movement that comes with a total performance. Right now, he still looks a little frantic, trying to do too much at the same time, looking like he isn't in control. In any event, the only discipline that matters in the U.S. is the ladies, anything else is mere details.
    But his already has over 3 million views so he's getting the exposure now. We've had several well known male figure skaters like Scott Hamilton and Brian Boitano, Rudy Galindo. It could happen and he's off to a good start already. He's going to get even better and has a likable personality.

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    Is this another thread to support Gracie Gold ?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louisa05 View Post
    Gracie is a pretty girl, but her looks are too generic. In 1982, she would have owned the world. Today, women who are distinctive get much more attention. Flip through any fashion magazine and you will see that generic blue-eyed blondes are almost entirely absent. Lena Dunham is on the cover of February's Vogue, for crying out loud.

    Ashley and Meryl are probably more marketable in terms of looks because they have distinctive unique looks.
    while I agree Meryl is distinct, her looks is almost animated, she look very disney character like in her features
    no way is Wagner distinct, she looks like your typical fake blonde dyed girl and generic look
    Gracie has distinct facial features and her blond ehair very much suites her
    imo, she would also be noticed very well as a hollywood actress

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidnightSkater View Post
    Is this another thread to support Gracie Gold ?.
    Probably not, as sky_fly seems to be the only one so far to think it'll be Gold that boosts the sport's popularity, which is hardly expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    Yuzuru Hanyu - what the men's japanese has been waiting for , the most perfect prototype of a skater
    attarctive, beautiful lines, effortless jumps, the skater without any flaws even Chan can't compete with that !!!
    How's that 4S coming along?

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    I think pretty is overrated. There are lots of pretty skaters.

    Conversely, the skaters of the past who achieved popularity -- they were OK, but no prettier than thousands of others who never made it big. The same is true of singers, actors, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post
    How's that 4S coming along?
    better rate landing them than Chan's falling 3A and quads

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    better rate landing them than Chan's falling 3A and quads
    Actually, no. Not even close. But feel free to keep telling yourself that.

    Yuzuru fell on his 4S at Nationals, the GPF, and Skate Canada, and popped it at TEB (where he fell on his 4T).

    This season Chan has never fallen in any of his programs, FYI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    better rate landing them than Chan's falling 3A and quads
    Facts, my friend.

    Chan has been 10 for 12 on his quad attempts (83 percent).

    He has been far less consistent on the 3A, but not terrible. He's 5/8 in 3A attemps with + GOE (62.5 percent).

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    Ironically, I think Chan may offer the biggest boost to the sports popularity if we measure it by the number of new viewers/fans who will be introduced to the sport. Should he win OGM in the individual event, not only he will be the first Canadian man to do so, thereby, giving a boost to FS in Canada - it would be the potential media frenzy that it could create in China that would get the ISU salivating. As it stands, Japan is by far the most lucrative market for FS whereas the Chinese market is largely unexplored due to the lack of major stars since retirement of S/Z and Lu Chen. S/Z only came out of retirement briefly in 2010 for the Olympics. In actuality, China has been without a major skating star for about 2 Olympic cycles already. Yet, during the same period, China's economic clout has dramatically increased, now ranking as the 2nd largest economy in the world. In a patriarchal society like China, a man's win will always be more highly valued than women's, just like Japan even though no one will openly admit it. Many current Chinese skaters such as Han Yan and Nan Song have openly stated they view Patrick Chan as their idol - not a coincidence when you think about it. With Worlds 2015 set to be in China, the Chinese media will be all over the place reporting Chan's win as the first OGM for a "Chinese" man in Figure Skating. This is typical given when Ang Lee (Taiwan) won the Oscar or Jeremy Lin (USA) became a household name, Chinese media immediately co-opted them as being "Chinese" notwithstanding there needs to be several * besides the use of word Chinese in those situations.

    Although a Chan's win will probably boil the blood of many here without a doubt, it may in fact be an outcome the ISU would be too happy to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danibellerika View Post
    But his already has over 3 million views so he's getting the exposure now. We've had several well known male figure skaters like Scott Hamilton and Brian Boitano, Rudy Galindo. It could happen and he's off to a good start already. He's going to get even better and has a likable personality.
    Similarly, Davis/White's Bollywood OD got a tons of views - from India. Not sure India is becoming a major Figure Skating country quite yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    Facts, my friend.

    Chan has been 10 for 12 on his quad attempts (83 percent).

    He has been far less consistent on the 3A, but not terrible. He's 5/8 in 3A attemps with + GOE (62.5 percent).
    Yup. In comparison, Hanyu has been 1 for 5 on his 4S attempts this year (20 percent).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post

    This season Chan has never fallen in any of his programs, FYI.
    does getting worn out at GPF
    and falling on his butt even with hyper inflated score at nationals doesnt count ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    Facts, my friend.

    Chan has been 10 for 12 on his quad attempts (83 percent).

    He has been far less consistent on the 3A, but not terrible. He's 5/8 in 3A attemps with + GOE (62.5 percent).
    Uh...why are you using facts to argue with you know who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallylutz View Post
    Ironically, I think Chan may offer the biggest boost to the sports popularity if we measure it by the number of new viewers/fans who will be introduced to the sport. Should he win OGM in the individual event, not only he will be the first Canadian man to do so, thereby, giving a boost to FS in Canada - it would be the potential media frenzy that it could create in China that would get the ISU salivating. As it stands, Japan is by far the most lucrative market for FS whereas the Chinese market is largely unexplored due to the lack of major stars since retirement of S/Z and Lu Chen. S/Z only came out of retirement briefly in 2010 for the Olympics. In actuality, China has been without a major skating star for about 2 Olympic cycles already. Yet, during the same period, China's economic clout has dramatically increased, now ranking as the 2nd largest economy in the world. In a patriarchal society like China, a man's win will always be more highly valued than women's, just like Japan even though no one will openly admit it. Many current Chinese skaters such as Han Yan and Nan Song have openly stated they view Patrick Chan as their idol - not a coincidence when you think about it. With Worlds 2015 set to be in China, the Chinese media will be all over the place reporting Chan's win as the first OGM for a "Chinese" man in Figure Skating. This is typical given when Ang Lee (Taiwan) won the Oscar or Jeremy Lin (USA) became a household name, Chinese media immediately co-opted them as being "Chinese" notwithstanding there needs to be several * besides the use of word Chinese in those situations.

    Although a Chan's win will probably boil the blood of many here without a doubt, it may in fact be an outcome the ISU would be too happy to see.
    no and no
    that's none sense as claiming Taiwanese as Chinese you'll have a polarized mostly offended response
    I doubt they will grab Chan as the first OGM or World Champion, didnt happen with Kwan
    Lin is Taiwanese btw

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