Who doesn’t love watching a Grand Prix event or Nationals with their skating buddies, or fellow skating junkies who closely follow this niche sport? I’ve laughed and cried while watching Olympics, Worlds, and many other competitions with these friends over the years. And plenty of others love watching and commenting with the folks on “Skating Twitter.” I tend to stay off my phone during the events and take it in more like an arena spectator (complete with snacks, naturally).
This year, for the first time in awhile, I was living somewhere that my skating viewing buddies weren’t around — which meant that my husband was often the only one around to listen to my observations (okay, fine, sometimes I was yelling at the TV). He said he was streaming football or baseball or a sport without glitter on his laptop during the competitions, but I think he was paying more attention than that. I kept track of some of his more memorable observations over the course of the 2019-2020 season, and wanted to share them with you for a little Flashback Friday:
“When do Guillaume and Cizeron skate?”
With apologies to Gabriella Papadakis, Guillaume Cizeron’s partner.
“Wait, whaaat? Where’s the ponytail!”
Watching Jason Brown at Skate American 2019…over a year after he got the famous haircut.
As a Hanyu performance wraps up: “Here come the Pooh Bears!”
On Yuzuru Hanyu vs. Nathan Chen: “Is this like a Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady situation?”
As on-ice and off-ice couple Madison Chock and Evan Bates are introduced: “When will it be Bates and Bates?” (No pressure, guys!)
“They put the scrubs in the first group.”
Cue my explanation of world rankings and draws…oh wait, the timeout in the Notre Dame game is over.
Mistaking Koshiro Shimada of Japan for his countryman Yuzuru Hanyu from behind: “Come on, that looks like a Hanyu outfit!”
He’s not wrong, folks:
It might be light on the sparkle for a Hanyu costume, but it’s got the tunic-like, drapey elements, for sure. I guess it’s time for me to give him a bit more credit for his skating knowledge! And thanks to my husband for being such a good sport about me sharing these observations! 🙂