Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Double Mint Twins in Freestyle

 My rink uses a yellow piece of plastic as a belt to indicate a skater is 'in program'. I'm not sure where it comes from, but there appears to be an unendng supply. Some of the skaters aren't very controlled and I think they need to be belted by 'cop tape'. Or even wrapped in it.
So a couple of Saturdays ago on freestyle one girl had on the program belt, and so did another girl.  One was skating to her program, so was the other. Who's music was playing? No idea.

I hate this kind of behavior.  It's the evil twin of figure skating.
Good Skater...Evil Skater
(If you're under 45, you probably don't get this)
One skater is playing fair, the other is to be blunt, cheating. And because these aren't world class skaters I can't tell by watching them skate whose music is playing. Most of these girls don't have great musicality, their stroking and arm movement is marginally mechanical, their presentation skills are weak and their jumps don't seem to have any relation to the music. For this level of skater you could substitute almost any music to their skating and it would not make any difference.

Well, you can use this to your advantage. The next time you're at a comp and yet another skater has a program to "Let it Go", just plug in your earphones and listing to whatever music you want. It won't make any difference to the program.

Yeah, I'm on a roll of bitchiness, aren't I? Sorry.


  1. You're allowed to be bitchy. And coaches should defininately ban Let It Go.

    I was chuckling so hard at your Good Spock, Evil Spock that my husband asked what was so funny!

  2. Had a girl at my rink who would find out what the color of the day was (we had 4 or 5 different colored vests) and would wear a shirt or jacket of that color. What happened? Everyone got out of her way instead of the program skater. We wised up, ditched the vest, got a belt and it was promptly stolen. Maybe next season.

  3. Oooh bitchy! I like it. I've never heard of this having a "thing" to show everyone who's skating a program before. It's a really interesting idea, but surely it takes all the mystery/surprise/terror out of trying to work out who to dodge? ;-)

    1. It's the custom at US freestyle for skaters 'in program' to wear a vest, or belt, or sometimes a sash. It's honored 'more in the breech' than in the observance.