Being in the audience for some of the events at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships was thrilling and unforgettable. I keep telling people who ask about the event that I felt privileged to be in the audience to watch such amazing performances. The audience itself was also pretty awesome.
It was clear that it was a knowledgeable group of skating fans, and an appreciative one at that. The cheers for the American skaters were nearly deafening, but the international skaters received lots of love as well. And as Phil Hersh pointed out on Twitter, figure skating fanhood is alive and well in Boston. I also thought I read on Twitter that people were comparing this event to skating’s heydey in the 1990s, but couldn’t find the exact tweet. If anyone finds something to that effect, definitely share in the comments!
Safe to say the audience was fabulous throughout the competition, but there were a few unforgettable crowd moments that stood out:
- Any time the words, “Representing the United States of America…” were said before an athlete’s name.
- The crowd’s deafening roar in response to Adam Rippon’s call for more (pictured above) after his fabulous and fun free skate.
- The Shib Sibs’ twizzle sequence: You can somewhat hear the crowd over the music in this video, but just turn your volume all the way up and then imagine multiplying that by ten. And yes, I was crying by this point, as predicted.
- The roar of the crowd leading up to Ashley Wagner’s final triple lutz, and after she nailed it
- The cheers for Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu and Olympic Silver Medalist Mao Asada, despite subpar free skate performances. Though they didn’t bring the house down, both skaters received ovations that conveyed the respect the crowd had for their prior achievements, and their appreciation to see two of the sport’s greats live and in person.
- The crowd was pretty much going insane for the entirety of the six-minute warm-up for the men’s final group. Screams every time somebody landed a quad, and there were plenty to go around in that group!
What a weekend! Next up, my favorite musical selections from the competition.