Thank you so much, fans of Japan, for your sportsmanship and hospitality at this event.
Yes, thank you to the crowds and the fans! Wonderful to see them so appreciative of everyone, as opposed to the overly nationalist crowds at Sochi.
I hope when north america and europe broadcast this and people watch they will see hiw exciting skating can be, even with a complicated judging system. Its still great viewing and the judging loks so much better and less lucratuve than in Russia.
I too was so happy to see the skaters getting support from the audience-definitely a more pleasing atmosphere than they had to deal with at the Olympics!
What a difference , And with that support the skaters are skating their best. Nice NOT to hear ja-pan, ja-pan! While someone is waiting their scores in kiss and cry
My hometown was the first or one of the first stops of the 2002 Stars on Ice tour, and since this was just after the Olympic games, the pairs skating scandal was fresh on everyone's mind. When Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze stepped out onto the ice, you could tell that they were worried about how they would be received by an American audience. We gave them a loud and long standing ovation before they skated. Their worried looks melted away into big smiles as they waved back at us. We just wanted to let them know that we didn't blame them for the scandal, that we knew that they weren't cheats and had no involvement in that mess. We wanted to show them respect. So when I saw the Sochi crowd's limp reactions to skaters not born in Mother Russia, it was disappointing...and it made me a little angry. I have been watching figure skating since 1976 and I have never seen a crowd react (or was it not react?) in such a manner. One of the best things about this sport is seeing the audience really getting into a great skate. I'm glad the skaters will be getting that respect in Japan.
Best crowd of the season award
Why are they still scared of SARS though ?
People wear the masks in Japan if they have a cold so they don't infect other people. Very considerate Also, people wear the masks if they have allergies. Allergy season has begun here in Tokyo.