Figure Skating RPF
|Name(s):||Figure Skating RPF|
|Scope/Focus:||Olympic, World and US National level figure skating|
|Date(s):||early 1990s to present, major in 2010|
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Figure Skating RPF is a growing small RPF fandom that has been around since at least the 1990s but has grown in popularity, especially since the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The most popular skaters in 1990s fanfiction included Evgeni Plushenko, Alexi Yagudin, and Timothy Goebel. The fandom was relatively small, and initially lurked on the outskirts of Western media fandom.
When the fandom was discussed, it was often in disparaging tones:"A private poster tells me that figure skating slash exists, and is circulated privately..."
"I was relieved to hear the writers are keeping it amongst themselves, because the other night I had this dream... [that] I was at Zebracon in '95, and the hottest-selling item in the dealer's room was a zine called "Double Axle", bidding was fierce at the art auction over a depiction of a nude Brian Boitano, and the songvid contest was won by a deeply moving work called "Too Long A Skater"...
It's all right, I'm calming down now.Your fandom's ok, my fandom's ok.....[but] What other mini-fandoms are lurking out there that no one's told me about yet? Baseball players? Professional bowlers? It's kind of frightening."
In that way, Figure Skating RPF was no viewed no differently from other forms of RPF.
With the introduction of LiveJournal, the fandom migrates to the blogging service. The size of figure skating RPF fandom has increased in the 2000s. Some of the same skaters are popular, along with Evan Lysacek, Johnny Weir, and Stéphane Lambiel. There isn't much overlap between Russian-language fandom community and English-language fandom.
The English-language LJ-based fandom expanded dramatically during and after the 2010 Winter Olympics.
A lot of the 2010 figure skating RPF can be found on the Winter Games Kink Meme. Other communities include ice_slash, ontd_skating, and weirsjohnny.. Much fic focuses on Johnny Weir, given his reality TV show where fans can get to know more of his character, and his public rivalry with Evan Lysacek gives plenty of scope for fic. Evgeni Plushenko is also still a favourite.
The first rush after the 2010 Winter Olympics wore off, but the fandom is still going - both the Russian branch and the Johnny Weir-focused branch.