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    I thought the Russian fans were very supportive of all skaters today, not just the Russian athletes. They were applaucing during the routines, they appplauded D/R for the transitions in to their throw. They came across as quite knowledgeable of all things skating.

    Maybe for the team competition they were focussed on team Russia performing well and winning. A lot of the time I find American audiences insufferable but it's just the way they are. There seems to be a lot of people trying to run down teh Russians, for whatever reason I don't know.

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    the atmosphere was the loudest and cheers were the best, imo
    great support from the crowd better than what I've seen from Canada or even the US

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3T3T View Post
    I thought the Russian fans were very supportive of all skaters today, not just the Russian athletes. They were applaucing during the routines, they appplauded D/R for the transitions in to their throw. They came across as quite knowledgeable of all things skating.

    Maybe for the team competition they were focussed on team Russia performing well and winning. A lot of the time I find American audiences insufferable but it's just the way they are. There seems to be a lot of people trying to run down teh Russians, for whatever reason I don't know.
    You just ran down Americans. Hypocrite much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeakAnkles View Post
    You just ran down Americans. Hypocrite much?
    It seems that country slamming on the board is the entree of the day, it's sort of sad considering that it totally goes against the spirit of the Olympic games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    It seems that country slamming on the board is the entree of the day, it's sort of sad considering that it totally goes against the spirit of the Olympic games.
    because this thread was created as a so called bashing thread for the russian crowd

    I enjoy the loud cheer
    probably the loudest I have heard and seen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    It seems that country slamming on the board is the entree of the day, it's sort of sad considering that it totally goes against the spirit of the Olympic games.
    Yes, it's a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    because this thread was created as a so called bashing thread for the russian crowd

    I enjoy the loud cheer
    probably the loudest I have heard and seen
    Don't you worry. Russian, Americans and Canadians have all been equally bashed on this board. Yay for world egalitarianism.

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    I'm won't deny the Russian crowd was cheering on their home teams, and maybe even to an excessive extent, but I don't agree with that this somehow makes them more "unsportsmanlike" than any other country.

    In theory, the Olympics are about the athletes and the international community coming together, etc...Really it's just another opportunity for people to stroke their flags and forget (or distract each other from) their other problems. The U.S. media (for reference, I'm reading print news/watching non-broadcast feeds and not watching N.B.C.) has spent a large portion of their coverage focusing on only the bad things in Sochi, Bezic/Hamilton are mouthpieces for the USFSA (notice how their reaction to Plushenko has changed now that there is no U.S. man vying for gold), etc. I wouldn't be surprised if things were similar in other countries.

    Someone pointed out that the majority of attendants in Sochi are from the general, non-skate-fan populace. The majority of comments I've read from casual news websites in the U.S. refer to Mao Asada as "that Japanese girl" and believe that there is a massive conspiracy out there to screw over American skaters. If the general U.S. populace were attending the team event, I'm guessing they would see it as "us vs. them". I'm also guessing we would hear some shouts of "USA! USA!", especially if Kwan came back after her hip repair and skated lights out.

    Singling out the Russian crowd for their behavior seems unfair. People stick with their tribes. So what?

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    (moved) That cheer when the Germans fell in their FS was pretty awful and classless. I know it's exciting that your home country wins, but that was so uncalled for.

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    Well, the crowd must have felt a bit chagrined, because they clapped enthusiastically for S and S at the end of the program.

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    Just Don't Use The Vuvuzela.

    It's not the soccer stadiums nor field games.

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    What!! I love the huge German bell..I hope you wouldn't ban it too?

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    I just cannot for the life of me recall this kind of attitude from the Canadian public in Vancouver. I take no offense in cheering loudly (or louder) for Russian skaters, or chanting 'Rossia' or whatever. But laughing at skaters that make mistakes? Very, very subdued reactions to other amazing skaters? Complete over the top reactions during the warm-up? I also roll my eyes every time they start clapping when music comes on that was created by a Russian composer - skaters who opted to skate to Russian music this season are rewarded with *some* audience participation. I think it's normal that the crowd gets into a familiar tune, but it's just so obvious it happens only when it's Swan Lake or something. The patriotism is just very tangible throughout the entire competition and it's getting on my nerves. I've watched so many figure skating competitions in all sort of countries and I feel it's never been like this before. Still a week and a half to go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Well, the crowd must have felt a bit chagrined, because they clapped enthusiastically for S and S at the end of the program.
    Because They all knew they win.
    That insincere clapping!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3T3T View Post
    I thought the Russian fans were very supportive of all skaters today, not just the Russian athletes. They were applaucing during the routines, they appplauded D/R for the transitions in to their throw. They came across as quite knowledgeable of all things skating.

    Maybe for the team competition they were focussed on team Russia performing well and winning. A lot of the time I find American audiences insufferable but it's just the way they are. There seems to be a lot of people trying to run down teh Russians, for whatever reason I don't know.

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