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  1. #166
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    When somewhere in a weird dream you walk up to Raf Arutunian and ask him to borrow something. He tells you to get back on the ice. And you don't even skate (not since 1982).

    Seriously, my dream this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    I actually thought about getting a new keyboard a year or so ago. But, I couldn't find one that did all 3 alphabets I wanted - Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. And anyway, I would miss the extra buttons at the top of my current keyboard (they are REALLY useful!)

    I could find button stickers that did all 3 alphabets, but surely a sticker can't magically make a button work differently!



    If you are serious about wanting to know, a lot of skaters are getting gear from the clothing company that Jenna McCorkell set up a year or so ago. I won't post any more details here, but let's just say that it's not hard to find info on her social media accounts.

    CaroLiza_fan
    Ahhh, thank you CaroLiza_fan!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyB View Post
    Not just classical. I've got an iPhone playlist called 'skaters'...

    Also, when you hear a previously unrelated tune or song and you immediately begin to imagine who could skate to it.

    A weird one: When you've got loads of colleagues and you find doppelgaengers for several skaters and you name them in your head after them

    When you put the twitter account of your fave skater's favourite football (or whatever) club on 'notifications', even if you're not their fan.

    When you're totally chuffed that a family member of your skater(s) follows you on IG!

    When your friend goes to Ontario on a camper van family trip and you hand them a list with location names, saying: "If you're there, bring me something back or send at least a picture."
    I have skating music pop up regularly in my “your mix” section, I suppose that’s a pretty strong indication of fandom

    I’m taking your next one a little further though lol, when I hear non-skating related tunes, I somehow (because I legit cannot skate) will often choreograph a program for MYSELF 😂 and I’m telling you, once you’ve put a twizzle in a certain part of a song, that’s where it stays!

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    By the way, my congrats to Bill for starting this thread and everyone who has posted on it. It's already one of the most fun "off-season" threads I've read in my time here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WeakAnkles View Post
    By the way, my congrats to Bill for starting this thread and everyone who has posted on it. It's already one of the most fun "off-season" threads I've read in my time here.

    Thanks WeakAnkles! It's great to read some of these posts and think "Hey, I do that too" and also the many unique and individual ways that fellow fans enjoy the sport. With figure skating being a sort of niche sport, often others don't understand the lengths we sometimes go to just to watch it or why we care about it so much but with fellow fans, there is a collective and mutual appreciation.

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    I love this thread; thanks, BillNeal! Ok here are some more:

    Your friends and family give you skating-related stuff as gifts.
    You've dressed up and skated a program to the same music as one of your skating idols.
    You've set the alarm for 5am to wake up in time to watch skating competitions on the internet.
    You've read or bought almost every skater's autobiography and even the Christine Brennan books.
    You still have old skating magazines and videotapes from the 1990s gathering dust in storage.
    When you're bored at work, you google former competitive skaters to see what they're up to.
    You look forward to practicing moves done by top skaters, like Yuzuru's difficult entries into jumps and Michelle's change edge spiral.
    You try learning a new language to learn more about your favorite international skaters.
    You stay up late watching old skating programs on youtube.
    You'd rather watch skating alone and are perfectly happy doing so, instead of watching with people who aren't big skating fans.
    You get excited seeing a former competitive skater that probably no one else would recognize, like Ron Kravette.
    You've told people they remind you of a skater (in my case, people who looked like Patrick Chan, older versions of Deanna Stellato, Alysa Liu & Vincent Zhou)
    You are thrilled to find out someone or a member of their family has also skated.

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    Prior to seeing your first major international competition live in the rink:

    ...you were thinking of getting a session pass only but you end up getting an all-event pass with no regrets!
    ...you do your homework by watching figure skating videos, googling, and reading the ISU technical requirements so that you won't be an ignorant audience member.

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