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    Have you noticed how biased the audience has been during the team competition? Yes, it is in Russia but even when a skater from a different country excels in his performance, they are very muted. Compare that with American or Canadian crowds who really cheer when they witness great skating regardless of country. I think it has to do with the innate Russian sense of insecurity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgsmozart View Post
    Have you noticed how biased the audience has been during the team competition? Yes, it is in Russia but even when a skater from a different country excels in his performance, they are very muted. Compare that with American or Canadian crowds who really cheer when they witness great skating regardless of country. I think it has to do with the innate Russian sense of insecurity.
    no, this thread is a sense of insecurity
    another troll account that should be rmeoved

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    I hope it'll be a bit fairer in the individuals. The team competition is new and so they were cheering for the home team. That's ok. I kind of think though that it is influencing the judging a bit too much, but I hope I'll be proven wrong in the individuals. I wouldn't exactly call American and Canadian Crowds much fairer, like I wrote, the team competition is new, so we wouldn't know.

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    One thing I do like - and I'm not sure I've ever seen this before in a competition setting - is how they sometimes applaud right after the music starts, seemingly in appreciation of the music choice. They did this for (I think) I/K with Swan Lake, Kostner with Ave Maria, at least and one other one (I think another Russian competitor), and I even thought I might have heard more faint rumblings of this with a few other skaters, though I might have just imagined those. Anyway, I thought that was nice, and they did do it for at least one non-Russian, FWIW.

    I wonder if they'll still do it when it gets to the 6th or 7th Swan Lake program over the course of the games? ;-)

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    I think it would be a great gesture if Putin himself led the applause for non-Russian skaters a bit more. It would convey the idea that part of Russia's job at this Olympics is to be a gracious host to the world.

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    I thought the audience was supportive of the skaters. They cheered madly for their own skaters but that's natural

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    Quote Originally Posted by amateur View Post
    One thing I do like - and I'm not sure I've ever seen this before in a competition setting - is how they sometimes applaud right after the music starts, seemingly in appreciation of the music choice. They did this for (I think) I/K with Swan Lake, Kostner with Ave Maria, at least and one other one (I think another Russian competitor), and I even thought I might have heard more faint rumblings of this with a few other skaters, though I might have just imagined those. Anyway, I thought that was nice, and they did do it for at least one non-Russian, FWIW.

    I wonder if they'll still do it when it gets to the 6th or 7th Swan Lake program over the course of the games? ;-)
    Kostner and Yuzuru Hanyu are non Russian favorites

    Virtue/Moir, Chan... not so much

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    As I already menioned that in another topic, it was VERY strange.
    Usually figure skating audience is supportive with all the competitors when they are professional and know how difficult to land even a double jump.
    It was the case in Budapest European and most of the big figure skating event.
    Asian audiences can wave French, Canadian or Russian flags all over the World cheering with enthusiasm.

    This atmosphere -sadly- was TOTALLY missed in the team event.

    Or the audience was only Russian or very occasional outsiders. Or both.

    Olympic spirit? ?? sic!

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    Kostner and Yuzuru Hanyu are non Russian favorites

    Virtue/Moir, Chan... not so much
    I remember V/M's Carmen being very well received at COR (in Moscow?) last season. Maybe that program could have helped them here with the audience connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgsmozart View Post
    Have you noticed how biased the audience has been during the team competition? Yes, it is in Russia but even when a skater from a different country excels in his performance, they are very muted. Compare that with American or Canadian crowds who really cheer when they witness great skating regardless of country. I think it has to do with the innate Russian sense of insecurity.
    Right! Because American public is not bias. Because Japanese public is not bias. Because Italian public is not bias!
    I love Russian public. Great support, great crowds and great spirit. This is what it should be. To me it's absolutely fantastic. In contrast to several snotty snobs on this forum.

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    All Russian skaters say the support was very helpful. From this point of view the audience was absolutely right. If you don't like this, buy ticket and go to Sochi and support your favorite athletes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgsmozart View Post
    Have you noticed how biased the audience has been during the team competition? Yes, it is in Russia but even when a skater from a different country excels in his performance, they are very muted. Compare that with American or Canadian crowds who really cheer when they witness great skating regardless of country. I think it has to do with the innate Russian sense of insecurity.
    My aren't we getting snarky about the Russians. Forget how blatantly biased and loud the crowd was for the Canadian skaters in Vancouver? Or Michele Kwan in Salt Lake? Happens in every country and the Russians are just as entitled to cheer for their skaters as any one else. Many countries they cheer as encouragement if someone falters. I thought the Cold War was over. The Russians have a very strong team of Figure Skaters because they work at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figure 8's View Post
    My aren't we getting snarky about the Russians. Forget how blatantly biased and loud the crowd was for the Canadian skaters in Vancouver? Or Michele Kwan in Salt Lake? Happens in every country and the Russians are just as entitled to cheer for their skaters as any one else. Many countries they cheer as encouragement if someone falters. I thought the Cold War was over. The Russians have a very strong team of Figure Skaters because they work at it.
    No one is complaining about the Russians giving support to their own skaters. That's to be expected and the home crowds always cheer loudly for their own, but the point of contention is their lack of applause and appreciation for the skaters from other countries. Most figure skating crowds recognize outstanding achievements by any skater and will give them a loud round of applause but to my eyes and ears, that's definitely missing from these Russian crowds and unfortunately, it seems to be affecting the judges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickle View Post
    No one is complaining about the Russians giving support to their own skaters. That's to be expected and the home crowds always cheer loudly for their own, but the point of contention is their lack of applause and appreciation for the skaters from other countries. Most figure skating crowds recognize outstanding achievements by any skater and will give them a loud round of applause but to my eyes and ears, that's definitely missing from these Russian crowds and unfortunately, it seems to be affecting the judges.
    Did you miss the title of this thread?

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