alijolly 6:49am via Web
A: so you can hang them up neatly when they have finished skating
LePigeonBercy 12:45pm via Web
A: Next to Olympic Gold, every skater covets a Nick Verreos skating fashion mention. Suspenders give you that 'edge'.
A: To increase their chance of having a SportsCenter worthy costume malfunction. ;-)
A: to hold up their pants
And my own answer:
A: To hold up their scores
And the winner:
@annmjensen 6:48am via Echofon
A: to cover nipple piercings
Thank you for not being afraid to really go out there. Also for destroying my innocence. I hope children, and the skater's mothers, aren't reading this. (But I will NEVER look at Jeremy Abbott the same way ever again.) Ann, send your mailing information to email@example.com.
Bonus prize for the first commenter to correctly list ALL of the contestants in all four disciplines at Worlds who wore suspenders. Deadline is now May 1, since I'm not getting any entries!