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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    Talk today of "Russia vs. South Korea" at the world cup.
    Of course I immediately thought "are Adelina and Yuna having a re-match?!?!"
    Imagine my disappointment.
    Pout, ugly-cry, whine.
    They're going to mud-wrestle for a chocolate version of the OGM. Runner-up gets a chocolate melted watch.

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    How about these:

    *You refer to skaters by first name or last name only (it was rather annoying during Sochi to go back to saying (with non-hardcare fans) "the skater from Canada" or "the Japanese guy" when I'd gotten so used to referring to them as "Patrick" and "Yuzuru" here; just one example of many)

    *You know what most of the abbreviations for ice dance/pairs teams are (D&W or D/W or Marlie, V&M or V/M or Voir, etc)

    *You don't mind reading protocols after competitions and have figured out what everything means and now use that shorthand for jumps when posting on GS

    *You know various other skating acronyms (for competitions, scoring, etc)

    *You wonder, "What is Skater X up to now" and go to GS to find out, because you care deeply about what certain skaters have been up to since they retired

    *You are wondering in June what Skaters X, Y, and Z will skate to next season and what their new programs will be like

    *You read/watch every interview you can with your favorite skaters

    *You rewatch old skating programs on YouTube or VHS tapes (yes, I still have a large skating collection of VHS tapes that I recorded from TV)

    *You are a member of GS in the first place (as many others have mentioned)

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    You're doing a crossword puzzle. One of the clues is "Barack's opponent in 2012."

    Correct answer has 4 letters. Via the other clues, you've already got the last 3, which are "ITT."

    And...your first thought is: "How can Katarina run for president in the US?"


    Happened to me this morning, no kidding! (Finally came to my senses & figured out that the answer was "MITT.")

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    ^ Katarina for ISU President?

    8/9 for me on skatingfan4ever's test...

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    Talk today of "Russia vs. South Korea" at the world cup.
    Of course I immediately thought "are Adelina and Yuna having a re-match?!?!"
    Imagine my disappointment.
    Pout, ugly-cry, whine.
    Haven't been paying attention to the World Cup at all, and (much to my surprise) there has been hardly any talk about it on my news feed Facebook. But if I had heard this, I would probably have thought the same!

    Quote Originally Posted by skatedreamer View Post
    They're going to mud-wrestle for a chocolate version of the OGM. Runner-up gets a chocolate melted watch.
    Now that would be something to see...


    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    *You refer to skaters by first name or last name only (it was rather annoying during Sochi to go back to saying (with non-handcare fans) "the skater from Canada" or "the Japanese guy" when I'd gotten so used to referring to them as "Patrick" and "Yuzuru" here; just one example of many)
    Totally guilty.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    *You know what most of the abbreviations for ice dance/pairs teams are (D&W or D/W or Marlie, V&M or V/M or Voir, etc)
    Marlie???!!! Eugh!!!! I hate running names into each other! I still insist on calling Jedward by their original stage name of "John and Edward".

    As for the abbreviations, I prefer it when they are not used. I know it's handier for the person typing the comment, but it can sometimes take a long time for the reader (i.e. me!) to work out who you are talking about.

    And it is going to be especially hard now, after there has been so much chopping and changing of partners...

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    *You don't mind reading protocols after competitions and have figured out what everything means and now use that shorthand for jumps when posting on GS

    *You know various other skating acronyms (for competitions, scoring, etc)
    Sorry. No matter how hard I've tried, I haven't succeeded at those yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    *You wonder, "What is Skater X up to now" and go to GS to find out, because you care deeply about what certain skaters have been up to since they retired
    All the time! Totally guilty.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    *You are wondering in June what Skaters X, Y, and Z will skate to next season and what their new programs will be like
    June?! I was wondering in April!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    *You read/watch every interview you can with your favorite skaters
    Not guilty. Can't be bothered having Google translate them badly from Russian into English...

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    *You rewatch old skating programs on YouTube or VHS tapes (yes, I still have a large skating collection of VHS tapes that I recorded from TV)
    I would love to do this, but I have too many other things to catch up on.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    *You are a member of GS in the first place (as many others have mentioned)
    Guilty. Although, I'm starting to wonder why since most of my comments recently have been totally ignored...

    (And it really hurts, especially when I had put so much thought and consideration into some in particular).

    CaroLiza_fan

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    Guilty. Although, I'm starting to wonder why since most of my comments recently have been totally ignored...

    (And it really hurts, especially when I had put so much thought and consideration into some in particular).

    CaroLiza_fan
    Don't be. Your posts are always informative. I for one love your insight.

    We've been waiting for your help in the British Actors/Actresses thread for you to clarify the confusing topic of the GB and Irish. If you have time stop by please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BusyMom View Post
    Don't be. Your posts are always informative. I for one love your insight.

    We've been waiting for your help in the British Actors/Actresses thread for you to clarify the confusing topic of the GB and Irish. If you have time stop by please.
    Aww! Thank you for those reasurring words! They mean a lot.

    I'm sorry. Apart from our conversations about snooker in the football thread, I haven't visited Le Cafe for ages!

    I'll have a wee peek at the acting thread now, and see if there is anything I can add. (Although I doubt there will be much, since I can never remember who people are when I am watching films! )

    CaroLiza_fan

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    Marlie???!!! Eugh!!!! I hate running names into each other! I still insist on calling Jedward by their original stage name of "John and Edward".

    As for the abbreviations, I prefer it when they are not used. I know it's handier for the person typing the comment, but it can sometimes take a long time for the reader (i.e. me!) to work out who you are talking about.

    And it is going to be especially hard now, after there has been so much chopping and changing of partners...
    I hear you on all that! I don't like the running names together thing either. I only wrote it down because I have seen it. My preferred format is X&Y. And if we're discussing pre-90s pairs/ice dance, I know very few teams to begin with. I will skip over posts if I can't figure out the abbreviations. Also, too many splits to keep track of. It's the year after the Olympics and I guess it always happens, but it seems there were more splits/changes than usual after last season.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    June?! I was wondering in April!!!
    I just picked June because that's the month we're in right now. Essentially, right after Worlds I start thinking about next season.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    Not guilty. Can't be bothered having Google translate them badly from Russian into English...
    In my case, the skaters I do this with speak English quite well, so I don't need to worry about Google Translate. From my limited experience with it, it's not that great anyway.

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    I posted a long list earlier today, but here's another one I'm guilty of:

    I associate music with figure skating programs to the point that when I hear a piece in another context, I'll be picturing the applicable program(s) in my mind as I'm listening. Or I think to myself, "I first heard this piece because of watching figure skating." My appreciation of music was greatly enhanced by how devotedly I watched figure skating. When I saw how skaters (some at least) moved and told a story with their programs and how the music was part of that, I was hooked. Various pieces of music create certain moods and it's fascinating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    I associate music with figure skating programs to the point that when I hear a piece in another context, I'll be picturing the applicable program(s) in my mind as I'm listening. Or I think to myself, "I first heard this piece because of watching figure skating." My appreciation of music was greatly enhanced by how devotedly I watched figure skating. When I saw how skaters (some at least) moved and told a story with their programs and how the music was part of that, I was hooked. Various pieces of music create certain moods and it's fascinating.
    I've also been exposed to a lot of great music through figure skating. I didn't have as much exposure to classical, jazz or experimental music growing up (we were a suburban ethnic immigrant family without much appreciation for a lot of the finer points of Western art), so figure skating provided a way to hear pieces, and find their musicality. I didn't understand "Blues for Klook" until I saw U/Z do it at 93 worlds, and recognized it when Dai did it in 2011/12. You're absolutely right about picturing it in certain contexts. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CezarMart View Post
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/h2/fbsp/dunk...figure-skating

    I am only 4 out of 13, so I am safe...
    ......and I thought watching the 2002 Olympics was bad (had to watch Alexei)!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    I've also been exposed to a lot of great music through figure skating. I didn't have as much exposure to classical, jazz or experimental music growing up (we were a suburban ethnic immigrant family without much appreciation for a lot of the finer points of Western art), so figure skating provided a way to hear pieces, and find their musicality. I didn't understand "Blues for Klook" until I saw U/Z do it at 93 worlds, and recognized it when Dai did it in 2011/12. You're absolutely right about picturing it in certain contexts. Thanks for sharing your experience!
    An example for me is Mahler's 5th Symphony. I loved V&M's 2010 FD to it. Then, a couple of years later, I watched Katia Gordeeva's tribute skate to Sergei and thought, "Wait, this music sounds familiar, where have I heard it before?" When I made the connection, I watched it again, this time picturing V&M's romantic program while Katia skated. Talk about a wave of emotions. To realize she was skating to this romantic piece of music but without her beloved husband Sergei was just...wow. I'd watched Katia's tribute skate before, but not with the added context of having seen a couple skate to it also. It gave me a whole new perspective on how brave Katia had to be that night. Both programs are magical, two of Marina's best ever. I do wonder if she consciously "saved" the music for V&M after Katia skated to it.

    Katia's Mahler

    V&M's Mahler

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    An example for me is Mahler's 5th Symphony. I loved V&M's 2010 FD to it. Then, a couple of years later, I watched Katia Gordeeva's tribute skate to Sergei and thought, "Wait, this music sounds familiar, where have I heard it before?" When I made the connection, I watched it again, this time picturing V&M's romantic program while Katia skated. Talk about a wave of emotions. To realize she was skating to this romantic piece of music but without her beloved husband Sergei was just...wow. I'd watched Katia's tribute skate before, but not with the added context of seeing having seen a couple skate to it also. It gave me a whole new perspective on how brave Katia had to be that night. Both programs are magical, two of Marina's best ever. I do wonder if she was "saving" the music for V&M after Katia skated to it.

    Katia's Mahler

    V&M's Mahler
    Both versions have reduced me to heaps of sobs in front of my laptop! I love how each treatment of the Adagietto was so different, yet each worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    I posted a long list earlier today, but here's another one I'm guilty of:

    I associate music with figure skating programs to the point that when I hear a piece in another context, I'll be picturing the applicable program(s) in my mind as I'm listening. Or I think to myself, "I first heard this piece because of watching figure skating." My appreciation of music was greatly enhanced by how devotedly I watched figure skating. When I saw how skaters (some at least) moved and told a story with their programs and how the music was part of that, I was hooked. Various pieces of music create certain moods and it's fascinating.
    Not sure if you meant the "guilt" thing seriously. If you did, no guilt needed!

    As a musician, your post delighted me. It doesn't matter how one comes to love music -- only that you get there. For me, one of the special pleasures of figure skating (and dance) is seeing a piece take shape in 3D, so to speak. I love seeing how choreographers treat pieces I grew up with and watching skaters and dancers bring them to life.

    One of the best examples is Virtue/Moir's exquisite Mahler program from 2010. Watching them, my jaw hit the floor -- never in a million years would I have thought of that music for ice dance, but wow! Same for Carolina's 2014 "Ave Maria." I've never liked the piece very much but Carolina made me hear it in a different way. Now it will always remind me of her lovely skating in Sochi.

    Then there was the Shibs' Michael Jackson program this year. MJ doesn't exactly float my boat either (to say the least) but the Shibs made it work for me. Anything that can actually make me listen to MJ, even for a few minutes in a skating program, is nothing short of a miracle!

    It's great that we all love skating for so many reasons and bring so many different perspectives to it. Which is just one of the special pleasures of GS. All the best!

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    Not trying to spam the thread, but here's another one:

    You remember the names of figure skating coaches (at least the high-profile ones) and recognize them when they're sitting in the kiss and cry. You participate in discussions about "Who is the best coach for Skater X." (I typically don't weigh in on such discussions, but I do recognize some of the coaches).

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