For the first hour of freestyle the other day, through some coincidence of timing, no matter what I did I kept getting in the way of a skater every time she was ready to jump. After the first near miss, I kept my eye out for her and did everything I could to avoid her. But inevitably I would end up right in her way every time she jumped.
I've seen skaters ranting about this on skatingforums. It follows a distinct pattern.
First go round.
|I apologize awkwardly|
|The other skater gives me the eye|
Second go round.
|Inside her head the other skater thinks I'm doing it on purpose|
Third go round.
WHAT I WANT TO SAY
|I'm even more profusely apologizing|
I don't even dare look her in the eye!
|The look I get from the other skater gives me this is what she's feeling|
Then, when I explain this to my coach: