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    the energy of the figure skating arena was like a hockey rink
    louder than any cheer I have seen, better than vancouver or previous games we witnessed

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    The positive point is that Russia really show support to their skaters. They are not the most diplomatic audience but they really are enjoying their own party.

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    Frank Carroll says they are using it as an intimidation tatic no cheering for anyone. They are the rudest audiences I have ever seen in all my years of watching skating.No wonder their such poor sportsman getting platniuim medals after they lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    the energy of the figure skating arena was like a hockey rink
    louder than any cheer I have seen, better than vancouver or previous games we witnessed
    Well, you are not lost, Polosatik from Mao forum was in the arena for ice dance and she said that for some weird reason the half of the audiece were fans of hockey, without minimal knowledge or real interest about figure skating and that they were really annoying. I guess the organizers gave free tickets.

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    Really? It's kinda funny imagining big hockey fans watching ice dancing.

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    The reaction of the Russian audience is telling once you compare them to the Japanese audience, who respectfully stay during at a figure skating competition and cheer for both their country's stars and international skaters. They are extremely respectful and will give standing ovations to those who deserve it.

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    My two sisters were there last night & said the Russian audience cheered for ALL the couples.
    This thread is just another way to bash Russia.
    I'm American & can't believe how low some of you go just to trash other countries.
    If you want rude go back to Salt Lake City 2002.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post
    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.
    I totally agree.

    I was watching Great Britain vs. Russia. The chants from the Russian "supporters" of "Rush-Shi-A" was quite deliberate when the Brits were trying to make a shot, but there was a deathly hush from the crowd when it was the Russians' turn.

    I was disgusted by their attitude.

    So glad Britain beat them.

    [And 'yes', I signed up and logged in just to make this comment to get it off my chest. ]

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    We will wait to wait and see what happens in the next couple of days, when the stake is pretty high for Russia with Julia and Adelina. :fingers crossed:

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    Was I the only one who thought the Russian crowd was disrespectful?

    I know the Russian skaters were skating on home ice and, obviously, Russians want their skaters to succeed. However, by the Ladies free skate, it became really obvious to me that the crowd had gone beyond supporting the Russian skaters and started revealing themselves to be tacky and graceless, especially in light of the fact that they got pretty much everything they wanted despite the fact that the results were dubious in both the ladies and ice dance events. I love how they didn't bother to clap or pay attention during Ashley Wagner's free skate because they only cared to see if Adelina would win the gold medal (of course she would). I also noticed that when Yu-na was waving and bowing to the audience after her free skate that almost none of the Russians were clapping. Only the foreigners bothered to show some respect and applaud. It was also really bad manners to start chanting "Ru-sy-a!" while Yu-na was graciously waiting for her scores in the kiss and cry area. Everyone should have already known the judges handed the gold to Adelina. At least show some respect to the skater whose scores haven't even come up yet.

    Sigh. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else noticed this. What do you guys think? Look, I know the support will obviously be slanted in favor of the home team. But the level of fairness and tact displayed by the audience was soooo different in Vancouver and most of the other host Olympic cities.

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    If you look under the Olympics tab in the board, there has been a thread discussing this at length.

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    Yet another Yunabot hate thread. Thoroughly disgusting.

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    I watched as much as I could on my TV and I didn't have a problem with the crowd. They sounded like a normal partisan crowd. Of course they were chanting "Russ-y-a" at every opportunity. How many times do you reckon "Aussie Aussie Aussie!" was heard in Sydney? They were polite enough to clap for everybody, there were no boos or hisses or whistles (which has happened in other countries!), and they were ecstatic for their skaters.

    I thought they were lovely to Brendan, that had the feel of a really supportive crowd. Or a crowd that had just had their hearts shattered five minutes ago and couldn't cope with seeing another heart shatter...

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    The behaviour of the Russian crowd was completely unacceptable. Only a few of the Russian spectators applauded when a non-Russian skater finished her performance. Many laughed and cheered when Gracie Gold fell... Incredible behaviour...

    Quote Originally Posted by wootie View Post
    I know the Russian skaters were skating on home ice and, obviously, Russians want their skaters to succeed. However, by the Ladies free skate, it became really obvious to me that the crowd had gone beyond supporting the Russian skaters and started revealing themselves to be tacky and graceless, especially in light of the fact that they got pretty much everything they wanted despite the fact that the results were dubious in both the ladies and ice dance events. I love how they didn't bother to clap or pay attention during Ashley Wagner's free skate because they only cared to see if Adelina would win the gold medal (of course she would). I also noticed that when Yu-na was waving and bowing to the audience after her free skate that almost none of the Russians were clapping. Only the foreigners bothered to show some respect and applaud. It was also really bad manners to start chanting "Ru-sy-a!" while Yu-na was graciously waiting for her scores in the kiss and cry area. Everyone should have already known the judges handed the gold to Adelina. At least show some respect to the skater whose scores haven't even come up yet.

    Sigh. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else noticed this. What do you guys think? Look, I know the support will obviously be slanted in favor of the home team. But the level of fairness and tact displayed by the audience was soooo different in Vancouver and most of the other host Olympic cities.

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    I've heard that they chanted even in gala.. what a bunch of douches.

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