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Thread: Will the French Skaters Be Welcome in Washington?

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    Ladskater
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    Will the French Skaters Be Welcome in Washington?


    I am just wondering with all the angst the US has against France right now because of their refusal to back the US in the war how will the French skaters be treated while they are at the Worlds in Washington? I hope they are treated with respect and made to feel welcome.


    Ladskater

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    rgirl181
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    I second that emotion, Lad. The athletes are representing their country, not their government's views--no matter what your view is on the French position. If I hear any negative catcalling of the French skaters in DC, I will be extremely disappointed in my fellow Americans.
    Rgirl

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    DORISPULASKI
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    rgirl and Lad, I totally agree. I don't want to hear anyone giving the French skaters a bad reception. In general, even in the height of the cold war, I don't recall Russians getting boos and catcalls, so I hope that we Americans will have the manners to give the French skaters a good reception.

    I am most worried about the exhibition, since that is when more casual fans usually show up.

    Perhaps the French will not know they are being dissed when someone introduces them as being from 'Freedom' (you know, where the Freedom Fries come from.

    dpp

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    lottafs
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    Re: Will the French Skaters Be Welcome in Washington?


    They should be.

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    Joesitz
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    The thought that Americans would be so crude to the French skaters never crossed my mind. It's thoughts like that that create problems.

    Joe

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    Ladskater
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    It does happen though. Hopefully not. The Dixie Chicks are being boycotted for saying something out of turn.


    Ladskater

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    ladybug
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    Re: Will the French Skaters Be Welcome in Washington?


    I have always thought of figure skating fans as one step above other sport fans. Skating fans have too much class to be rude to any skaters from any country including France. I just have to believe that.

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    Ladskater
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    Re: Will the French Skaters Be Welcome in Washington?


    ladybug:

    Usually, that is the case. Probably will hold true here.


    Ladskater

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    Jules Asner
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    ITA Joe. Such a negative thing to think and would never have entered my mind.

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    sk8cynic
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    They will be received just fine in DC, for a couple of reasons:

    DC is an international city. Though VA is, outside of the DC area, a Republican state, there's generally a respect for different politcal beliefs. Given all the anti-war rallies going on in the capitol, I don't think they're going to be met with catcalls, boos or the like.

    Secondly, the tickets to Worlds are rather, ahem, pricey, especially if you bought one to all events. People that shell out the bucks to go will be there to watch skating, not to promote their political agenda.

    If there are any boos at MCI center, shouldn't they be reserved for Speedy and the ISU? IMO that's where they should be.

    I'm more concerned about the judges allowing political feelings to affect their objectivity, or what little objectivity some of them have. If FRA, GER, RUS, and CHN 's votes actually count, it could be interesting. Is there a "Skating Scandal 2, Electric Boogaloo" in the making?

    Just one of those thoughts when I've had too much caffeine.....



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    kwansong999
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    Instead of tomatoes maybe the audience will throw 'freedom fries' at the French? <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/ohwell.gif ALT=":\">

    All kidding aside, I think that the audience will be very respectful. ive heard how at other International events in other countries the audience has hissed and booed but i dont think ive ever heard Americans doing it. Anyone at this board go to SLC?

    Official practices start this friday!! YAY! :D :D :D

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    Lucy25
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    I never even considered anyone treating the French athletes poorly until I read iton the internet. I don't think the American audience has any offense to the French people, and won't treat the French athletes any differently than any of the other athletes.

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    Lcp88
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    Interesting topic. I hope they will all be treated equal, but who knows. I know last year at SLC there were some concerns about the Middle Eastern countries being discriminated against, but I think that turned out OK. (I remember reading something about a Pakistan or Indian skier saying that "Americans are the Best!!".)
    I really hope A&B and Brian Joubert can medal here.
    Laura

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    Joesitz
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    Lad - The Dixie Chicks said something for Peace, I believe. Have the French skaters said anything about Peace?

    If they didn't I don't see why Americans interested in war, would put them down.

    If you've heard Joubert or any of the French skaters say something than let us know who.

    Joe



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    carlantz
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    Most of Americans are chauvinists


    I wont be surprised if French skaters will be bashed by chauvinist Americans.

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