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Jo Ann Schneider Farris

Figure Skating Fans Upset With TV Commentators

By January 28, 2007

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Recently, some figure skating fans wrote me about how they have been upset with how the sport is covered on television. They say that the commentators don't interview, but harrass some of the skaters.

They also feel that many of these former skating champions should really should "hang it up. " They say that the commentators "couldn't do half of the modern-day skating moves back in their day." The fans also say that they know that the commentators had minimal choreography and artistry when they were skaters.

These skating fans explain that they get annoyed since as soon as the music begins, the commentators are jabbering through each skater's whole program. They don't feel that the commentators need to talk so much about what's wrong and what they think is nice. Spectators want to decide for themselves and enjoy the programs rather than hear all the talking.


January 28, 2007 at 2:24 pm
(1) Rosie says:

I’ve been complaining about US commentary for 20 years now. They babble on over the skaters’ programs while adding little to the visual spectacle. They should, like so many European commentators, just shut up until the skater’s program is finished and THEN analyze the playback sequences. Agree! They are VERY annoying. If I didn’t lose the skater’s music, I’d watch with the sound off!

January 30, 2007 at 5:35 pm
(2) Lori says:

I know a lot more about figure sketing from listening to the commentators. Dick and Peggy are gold medalists and they know figure skating. Dick’s candid comments have proved very educational to me in better understanding the moves. Now I do feel they need to move on about the scoring. It has changed, they aren’t going back to the old system so get over it!

January 30, 2007 at 8:56 pm
(3) Carol says:

“Dick Button…Button Up!”

February 1, 2007 at 6:02 pm
(4) Natalie says:

I really don’t mind te commentary. I can identify all the moves myself but find it interesting to know whan the skater changes a program or doesn’t do something they had planned. Personally, my problem with TV coverage is that the spend too much time on fluff and I would prefer to see more skaters than 5 minute profiles on the top competitors.

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