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USFS has broken my heart

Arriba627

TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION 🔥
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This is so unfortunate that the breakfasts will be out of reach financially for so many of us. There was something very special about meeting the skaters, congratulating them, discussing their programs with them, taking photos, offering a kind word after a less than stellar skate. The personal connection will be missed.
 

RobinA

On the Ice
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Nov 4, 2010
Skating left its fans behind a long time ago. As a result, I found other things to do with my money. I keep my eye on things, but the fun is gone.
 

Rebecca Moose

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Oct 6, 2023
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I hate to say it, but the USFS has GONE TO HELL. Sadly a shell out the outstanding organization it was in the 80s and 90s.
 

Bluediamonds09

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Sep 8, 2016
Anyone else feel like US Figure Skating wants to remain elite and posh and expensive to keep up a sense of Allure and Exclusiveness? They want to keep the "outsiders" out, and the way to do this is charging extraordinary prices and not doing much promotion? Friends of Figure Skating is for the wealthy. It's just a glorified funding program who pay for the honor of sitting next to elite athletes at a breakfast.
 

TallyT

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It's just a glorified funding program who pay for the honor of sitting next to elite athletes at a breakfast.
It is true that this is probably a good time to chase the corporate or 'posh' dollar, given the number of high level medallists (Oly, World especially) the US has at the minute, which may or may not last after all. But alienating or squeezing out ordinary fans... not a good idea.
 

moonvine

All Hail Queen Gracie
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Yes...I used to do that....but I got superstitious when everyone I gave to tanked right after....so then I joined the USFS FOFS for many years and have good memories of many breakfasts...it will be interesting to see how many pay $750 to buy breakfast tickets to SA or Nats.

They don’t do breakfast at SA anymore
 

moonvine

All Hail Queen Gracie
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Over the decades, I have given lots of money to my sport but particularly to the young skaters as financed by USFS FOFS. Now, I have to donate $750 to get the honor of purchasing tickets to breakfast and $11,000 to go to breakfast at Worlds???? Am I missing something?

They dropped it from $1k to $750? But $11.000 is about half my income.
 

Mathematician

Pilgrim on a long journey
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How so? I mean they’ve literally driven me away.
I'm not big into the tight US community - I dont know what they're doing with prices or stuff like that. But as for the general image of skating in the US, it seems like on social media and marketing they are trying to reach a very casual and wide fan base through tiktok and very digestible, simple presentations of the sport. Definitely dont get an aristocratic feeling from their current methods. But maybe when it comes to the VIP members only circles it is different.
 

el henry

Go have some cake. And come back with jollity.
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This is a simple cost benefit analysis for Friends of Figure Skating.

If they can attract 100 big dollar donors for half the effort it would cost to attract 1000 small dollar donors, they will raise more money at less cost. Nothing to do with who they want watching, they want the whole wide world watching. Just because the VIP tent gets all the perks doesn’t mean you don’t sell General Admission tickets as well, or that you scorn GA or don’t want them.

I think it’s a shame because FOFS never had this approach before, to my knowledge, and made the perks available to small dollar donors. (relatively speaking, not what is small dollar to any one person) They should also find a middle ground, IMHO.
 

moonvine

All Hail Queen Gracie
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This is a simple cost benefit analysis for Friends of Figure Skating.

If they can attract 100 big dollar donors for half the effort it would cost to attract 1000 small dollar donors, they will raise more money at less cost. Nothing to do with who they want watching, they want the whole wide world watching. Just because the VIP tent gets all the perks doesn’t mean you don’t sell General Admission tickets as well, or that you scorn GA or don’t want them.

I think it’s a shame because FOFS never had this approach before, to my knowledge, and made the perks available to small dollar donors. (relatively speaking, not what is small dollar to any one person) They should also find a middle ground, IMHO.
I mean I guess they are juggling it. Maybe didn't make quite enough at 1k price point so they brought it down to 750. But as someone who spends a lot of their disposable income on attending skating events - watching the ladies short with Mirai in Detroit did not cost $750 btw - I can go to things like Philadelphia International for $25 for a week and dine with skaters in the cafeteria for free I may go to Skate America again because it's in Allen and the handicapped seats are at ice level (which never happens). But to go through the torture of flying to Kansas, the train does not even go there, to sit way up in the handicapped seating when I could see it better at home....I dunno. Maybe if Gracie is at Boitano's Lounge again (or please God skating). Yes, then I will go, otherwise likely not. My correspondences with USFS have certainly not made me feel at all valued.
 

TallyT

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This is a simple cost benefit analysis for Friends of Figure Skating.

If they can attract 100 big dollar donors for half the effort it would cost to attract 1000 small dollar donors, they will raise more money at less cost. Nothing to do with who they want watching, they want the whole wide world watching. Just because the VIP tent gets all the perks doesn’t mean you don’t sell General Admission tickets as well, or that you scorn GA or don’t want them.

I think it’s a shame because FOFS never had this approach before, to my knowledge, and made the perks available to small dollar donors. (relatively speaking, not what is small dollar to any one person) They should also find a middle ground, IMHO.
I think what makes it so bad is that it isn't as if they didn't offer these perks to smaller donors before and so it's new extra candies for the big ones. These are perks that people used to be able to afford, and so it feels like a bigger slight or snub.
 

moonvine

All Hail Queen Gracie
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I think what makes it so bad is that it isn't as if they didn't offer these perks to smaller donors before and so it's new extra candies for the big ones. These are perks that people used to be able to afford, and so it feels like a bigger slight or snub.
Exactly. I also used to give periodically to the Memorial Fund in honor of Gracie. Not much but it was a non zero number. Now they don’t get FOFS money from me nor any money.
 
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