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    Better sign: you are most useful to your friends every four years, during the Winter Olympics.

    Got 4/13, and then 4/6

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    Another "list" article from Buzzfeed to garner hits and cash in on the pre-Sochi hype. Note that the date of the article is February 2, 2014, well before Plushy stepped onto the ice for the men's portion of the team event.

    They would have done better to ask us commentators on GS for signs of how we are obsessed. TontoK had it right. (Linda or Annett?)

    I will give them props for that Lego pairs JPG, though. (Also a nice tie-in since the Lego Movie also opened the week the article was published.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TontoK View Post
    Better indicators:

    You still debate the outcome of the Ladies Olympic event... from 1980.

    You can name all the Soviet/Russian Olympic Champions, as well as the Americans and Canadians, from all skating events, off the top of your head.

    Although a piece of skating music may seem original, you recall that a junior used it 20 years ago.

    You're very excited when skaters from countries like Brazil qualify for the Olympics.

    You have actually kept up with the goings-on of Charlie White's and Jason Brown's hair.

    You care about Meryl and Maks.
    I would also add:

    You watched all of "Tessa & Scott" or "Ice Diaries" and care about what happens to those people long after.

    You attend your local symphony's performances based on whether the music was used in a memorable free skate.

    You dismiss bad fashion on gossip websites by saying "that's so figure skater!" in design, and can match the bad outfit to a costume.

    You still think the best piece of gossip in sports in the last twenty years (besides Nancy vs. Tonya) was the Maia/Sasha/Pasha love triangle that ended with Maia bashing Pasha's head against the bar at, of all places, Spago.

    You still debate the following Olympic results: ladies 1994 / 1998 / 2002 (and in 10 years' time, 2014), men's 1988 / 1992 / 1994 / 2010, pairs 1994 and 2002, ice dance 1994.

    Your YouTube subscriptions include at least three dedicated to only figure skating competition and exhibition clips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    Another "list" article from Buzzfeed to garner hits and cash in on the pre-Sochi hype. Note that the date of the article is February 2, 2014, well before Plushy stepped onto the ice for the men's portion of the team event.

    They would have done better to ask us commentators on GS for signs of how we are obsessed. TontoK had it right. (Linda or Annett?)

    I will give them props for that Lego pairs JPG, though. (Also a nice tie-in since the Lego Movie also opened the week the article was published.)
    Buzzfeed and Dunkin Donuts lucked out that the ISU (if not others) only yesterday posted the old link to its Facebook page.
    So Buzzfeed is getting a new wave of hits at this late date.
    I am not usually one to bash the ISU right and left, but seems naive of them to give such promotion for free to a list written for commercial purposes and probably not by true aficionados of the sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    Buzzfeed and Dunkin Donuts lucked out that the ISU (if not others) only yesterday posted the old link to its Facebook page.
    So Buzzfeed is getting a new wave of hits at this late date.
    I am not usually one to bash the ISU right and left, but seems naive of them to give such promotion for free to a list that I doubt was written by true aficionados of the sport.
    Seems that the ISU needs to spend a bit more time working the social media angle? Didn't realize it got re-posted just yesterday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    I would also add:

    You watched all of "Tessa & Scott" or "Ice Diaries" and care about what happens to those people long after.

    You attend your local symphony's performances based on whether the music was used in a memorable free skate.

    You dismiss bad fashion on gossip websites by saying "that's so figure skater!" in design, and can match the bad outfit to a costume.

    You still think the best piece of gossip in sports in the last twenty years (besides Nancy vs. Tonya) was the Maia/Sasha/Pasha love triangle that ended with Maia bashing Pasha's head against the bar at, of all places, Spago.

    You still debate the following Olympic results: ladies 1994 / 1998 / 2002 (and in 10 years' time, 2014), men's 1988 / 1992 / 1994 / 2010, pairs 1994 and 2002, ice dance 1994.

    Your YouTube subscriptions include at least three dedicated to only figure skating competition and exhibition clips.
    3.5/6 for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandpiper View Post
    3.5/6 for me...
    I didn't mean for people to take *my* list and test, but glad to know that I'm not alone on some of these.

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    It's a better test than the one in the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandpiper View Post
    It's a better test than the one in the article.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TontoK View Post
    Better indicators:

    You still debate the outcome of the Ladies Olympic event... from 1980.

    You can name all the Soviet/Russian Olympic Champions, as well as the Americans and Canadians, from all skating events, off the top of your head.

    Although a piece of skating music may seem original, you recall that a junior used it 20 years ago.

    You're very excited when skaters from countries like Brazil qualify for the Olympics.

    You have actually kept up with the goings-on of Charlie White's and Jason Brown's hair.

    You care about Meryl and Maks.
    8/13 on the other test and 2/6 on this one: NOT EVERYONE IS INTO THE MERYL AND MAKS THING, GUYS. Quit it already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandpiper View Post
    I think being registered on a FS forum is already an indication of obsession.



    Not just registration -- gotta factor in the number of posts! And/or number of posts re: one specific skater or topic....

    Edit to add more lunatic ideas:
    1. Fashion subcategory: you can name at least 10 FS fashion faux pas off the top of your head. (What the heck is the plural of "faux pas?")

    2. You stayed up all night watching FS Olys and/or Worlds competition on a feed from wherever (Russia/Eurosport/IceNetwork etc) b/c there wasn't enough coverage in the US. Re: Worlds, I plead guilty.

    3. You're a non-skater but still try to understand IJS docs re: COP.

    Actually, IMO the Olympic result debate thing by itself constitutes FS obsession but maybe I'm just not hard-core enough.

    Thanks to CezarMart for starting this thread and to everyone for the additions to the "tests!" It's been an exceptionally crummy day on Planet Corporate and FS obsession is eee-zack-ly what I needed.
    Last edited by skatedreamer; 06-05-2014 at 05:30 PM. Reason: Can't help myself.

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    Other indicators:

    You check in with figure skating boards daily, sometimes even two or three times a day.

    You have past performances bookmarked on your favorites list.

    You give up a week's pay to attend nationals.

    You've got Michelle Kwan memorabilia that dates back to the early 90's.

    You have a world's program from 1987 (Cincinnati)

    You watch skating videos nightly.

    I consider myself to be addicted and so does my hubby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karne View Post
    8/13 on the other test and 2/6 on this one: NOT EVERYONE IS INTO THE MERYL AND MAKS THING, GUYS. Quit it already.
    Sorry, Karne. Didn't mean to touch a nerve.

    I actually meant my contribution as a takeoff on Jeff Foxworthy's "You Might Be a Redneck if..." jokes.

    As in "You Might Be Obsessed with Figure Skating if..."

    Of course, Jeff Foxworthy probably doesn't translate well to a global forum.

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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...
    Me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    Another "list" article from Buzzfeed to garner hits and cash in on the pre-Sochi hype. Note that the date of the article is February 2, 2014, well before Plushy stepped onto the ice for the men's portion of the team event.

    They would have done better to ask us commentators on GS for signs of how we are obsessed. TontoK had it right. (Linda or Annett?)

    I will give them props for that Lego pairs JPG, though. (Also a nice tie-in since the Lego Movie also opened the week the article was published.)
    Definitely Linda.

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