Do you ever think, that when skaters fall, the audience cheers not because they fall but to give them support to get up and skate on.
^ If you were directing that at me, then yes, that's entirely what I was trying to say, also.
I'm watching curling and I notice the Russians start a "Russia! Russia!" chant not when their own team is throwing rocks, but rather when the *opposing* team is throwing rocks. Since curling is about communication between teammates and concentration, it's an unwelcome distraction, and frankly rather unsportsmanlike.
Oh and the crowd is also cheering when the opposing team misses their shots. The announcers are even saying how the crowd is trying to get the opposing team to miss by cheering loudly.
And yet again in ice dance the audience is deplorably muted for V/M and D/W while giving Russian teams a standing ovation.
huge cheer from of the biggest crowd cheer I have ever heard
very happy for the support especially to Elena and Nikita
Both vm and dw got tons of applause but I/k just stole the night hugely. Yeah the crows was partisan - big surprise- bit the performance for I/k was great. Crowd wasnt nuts for b/s either - applause was like dw and vm.
Frankly I found the Russian audiences appalling. They were privileged--privileged--to watch the finest ice dancing competition in the history of the Games and their partisanship was disgraceful. Someone said they were cheering for other people besides Russian teams, but if they were they were the quietest cheers in the history of sport.
Yeah I don't get those who said cheering at the moment of a fall was to encourage skaters.
Usually cheers after a fall is when a skater opens their program with two falls or one very bad fall. And then the audience cheers them on to recover. Those cheers like when the Germans fell were blatant jeers for their loss and the Russians' gain.
I loved the Great Britain women's curling captain after besting Russia, when asked about the Russian audience trying to distract her with chants or cheering when she played blank ends on purpose: "yeah it's hard playing Russia, but the crowd doesn't really seem to know the game... when we deliberately play a blank and they cheer thinking we've missed... It's kind of funny actually".