- Dec 21, 2014
My comment was not directed at you, please don’t take offense! I have been skating since I was 7 and followed skating since the days of my idol the Kween! Unfortunately there is a level of pretension in skating, as there is in all forms of art. I don’t like the idea that only “some people” have taste refined enough to appreciate a certain skater (or certain form of art). And that if you can’t see it you don’t have good taste. There are people who think like that (in not just skating). It’s something I’ve never liked.LOL! These are your words and interpretation, based apparently on taking offense from genuine observations not meant to denigrate other fans.
As I mentioned, those who closely follow a skater from very early in their career may be able to understand and enjoy the full spectrum of that skater's talent and career better. Sure, that may not always be the case. And there are huge fans of Nathan who didn't follow his novice or junior competitions. I just feel weepy and sentimental about having seen Nathan when he was just a cute whippersnapper. So I feel extra dimensions attached to my understanding of his skating and his personality. But as you said earlier, we are all different. And I too wish to emphasize the great thing about sharing our passions and perceptions, even when we don't agree.
* Note, I came back to edit and rephrase my initial final sentence above because what I said initially shows that I too was getting my buttons pushed and being on the defensive about what seems to be misinterpretation in your bolded comments. So, I need to practice what I preached earlier about being cool and calm like Nathan, and kind like Jason! LOL!
I appreciate your kind words in your post #79 above!
Again, it was a general observation not directed at any poster or specific skater.