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JamieElena
01-06-2011, 02:54 AM
When I told him no, he immediately offered to pose for another. Given that there were others to see Johnny and it was almost ten o'clock at night I thought it was really nice of him.

He did a similar thing with then BF who encountered him in an walkway between the concourse & arena - BF was all nervous trying to get a picture for me that he forgot to turn the camera on and it was Johnny who alerted him to the fact, :lol:



I think my favorite off-ice skater stories happened at SA in Hartford (2006?) when the @#$%ing fire alarm went off at some ungodly hour of the morning. As we were leaving our room, a shirtless Kevin van der Perren opened his door, looked blearily at all of us leaving, and then just shut his door. Fire, schmire! :lol: Mao Asada was sitting outside on the sidewalk in her PJs and looking about 10 years old, and Nobunari Oda never even went outside; he was sitting on the lobby sofa inside and blinking out at all of us like "Why is everyone standing out in the rain?" Good question!

After we were cleared to go back inside, I sat in a quiet corner of the lobby waiting for the crowd by the elevators to thin out. Some very nice woman who was incredibly perky for that time of the morning sat down by me and started chatting. It wasn't until Navarro and Bommentre came over and sat with us that I realized she was Kim's mom.



We must have been on the same floor - KVDP & I were amongst the last to vacate - after the first 10 minutes or so he and I were pacing the hall & trying to look out the windows at the end of the hall to see what was going on down below. I knew it wasn't a "real" fire alarm because one had happened the day before whilst most everybody else in the hotel was at practices - then BF (same as one with Johnny episode above) had made friends with the some of the staff and found out that the alarm always goes off when the hotel is sold out because one of the sensors was in the laundry room and the steam would set it off. During the first one we vacated immediately & walked down the steps behind Scott Smith. After about 20 minutes into the 6am alarm - which was far better attended then the day's prior - I left & ended up standing in the rain with Mao & Mai. The Suidi's were cuddled together trying to stay warm. And yes, Nobunari Oda was sitting in the lobby with, IIRC, Michelle Cantu. Once they let us in, I got caught up in the rush to the elevators - which had to first be turned back on by the fire department, so a crowd had gathered by the time they were functional. Unfortunately, or not so in hindsight, even though I was amongst the first in line, the elevator that came first got filled, so I had to take the second.....BUT.....it turned out well because when I looked around, I realized I was crammed into this elevator with Kimmie, Mao, Miki and Melissa & Denis. So I was on the elevator with the then World Champ and the next two World Champs. At the last ABC Cheesefest in Reading 2007, Kimmie was signing autographs and I said something about seeing her at the upcoming SA and 'let not have any more 6am fire alarms like last year, right?" to which she replied, "omg, I know, totally." Or something equally teenager-ish, :lol:

I'd have to say though the BEST close to a skater experience is meeting Michelle twice - although the second time in LA, probably because we just happened to encounter her by chance. Besides, the first time I was too tongue-tied and ended up sounding like an idiot.

Aussie Willy
01-06-2011, 03:05 AM
The first time I met Johnny really sticks out in my mind. I was really nervous meeting Johnny and could hardly get anything out except ask for an autograph and a picture. My son who was 12 at the time took the photo but not being use to my camera managed to cut off my and Johnny's heads. I was checking the photo on the side and Johnny must had noticed the look on my face. He came over and asked me if the photo came out okay. When I told him no, he immediately offered to pose for another. Given that there were others to see Johnny and it was almost ten o'clock at night I thought it was really nice of him.
He does that. Whenever a photo hadn't worked for a fan (lighting problem, etc), he was quite happy to do it again or do a retake. Very obliging.

vodkashot
01-06-2011, 03:08 AM
Met Daisuke Takahashi a bit over a year ago. He was swarmed by a lot of people (including me, heh) and was very polite and friendly with everyone, signing a lot of autographs and posing for photographs.

For someone who wears such sparkly costumes and is so charismatic on the ice, he seemed pretty quiet and even shy! But then again, it could be the language barrier...everyone was jabbering in English at him and I guess it can be quite intimidating if a bunch of people are crowding around you and speaking to you in a language you're not quite familiar with.

krenseby
01-06-2011, 03:11 AM
He does that. Whenever a photo hadn't worked for a fan (lighting problem, etc), he was quite happy to do it again or do a retake. Very obliging.

You know, with Johnny complimenting people on their hair and checking whether photos came out right and offering retakes, it sounds like he is a caring kinda guy. But this image of him clashes with his "controversy-stirring" persona that is willing to say whatever is on his mind whether other people like it or not.

pinky166
01-06-2011, 04:13 AM
I met Alissa Czisny at 2009 nationals, she was really sweet and nice! She's also even prettier in person! Her midwestern accent was cute too :).

Christina Gao is very well spoken and polite. She's really gorgeous too, and funny.

luCN
01-06-2011, 05:42 AM
every skater I met is very kind and warm.

I feel Johnny Weir is different with fans vs with the media...he's free and easy,and even a little shy.I think he may be acting to be a diva to protect himself from the stupid questions from the journalists and that can get more spotlight.the only bad thing about him is his agent,Tara is just so annoying...

mysticchic
01-06-2011, 05:48 AM
I have a lot..but getting to do a photo shot with Fedor ranks up there. I found all the skaters are really great people. I loved talking to Yuka Sato and Brian Orser. Carol Jenkins is a sweet as can be and she is still beautiful. There is so many and each is special.

Aussie Willy
01-06-2011, 07:14 AM
I have a lot..but getting to do a photo shot with Fedor ranks up there. I found all the skaters are really great people. I loved talking to Yuka Sato and Brian Orser. Carol Jenkins is a sweet as can be and she is still beautiful. There is so many and each is special.
I met Carol Jenkins at 98 Worlds when she was coaching an Australian skater. I just wanted to tell her how I really liked her supportive attitude (that you could see from the other side of the rink). She was wonderful and so easy to talk to. Lovely lady.

jl22aries
01-06-2011, 07:30 AM
I went to a CSOI show about 15 years back. My friend and I were lucky to get passes to meet the skaters at a meet n' greet after the show. Took pictures with the entire cast...Isabel, Lloyd, Gordeeva, Chouinard, Yamaguchi. The moments that really stood out for me was waiting in line to meet Orser - I dropped my pen and he picked it up for me. I remember thinking how out of the way nice that gesture was. And I cringe to remember waving my hand frantically in front of Browning's face in an attempt to get his attention, obnoxious and uncertain pre-teen that I was, and in retrospect I am amazed that he reacted with humour. He did the same back to me and we laughed.

TAHbKA
01-06-2011, 10:07 AM
Oh, am waiting for Andrey to show up and write of his experience with Akolzin.

paskatefan
01-06-2011, 11:16 AM
Loving all the stories, especially this one!


I've only told this story to a few people, but last March I went to the "Thin Ice" show that was being filmed at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. I went to the Sunday afternoon show which was a dress rehearsal for the live show airing on ABC that evening. After the afternoon show they announced there would be a meet and greet out in the lobby.:biggrinbo..I got to meet and get autographs and take photos with Stephane' Lambiel, Shizuka Arakawa, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Jamie Sale', John Zimmerman, Mike Weiss, Dick Button, Patrice Lauzon & Marie-France, Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukhov! I was so thrilled! I had never met any skater...Well I also went to the evening show...we stayed after the show and Kurt Browning was signing autographs down by the ice, so I got a photo with him too! Out in the lobby they were doing another meet and greet, but the lines were super long and I was just happy I had met some skaters earlier in the day, so my hubby and I went to find a place to grab a glass of wine and relax..we went into the Shrine at MGM...it was right around the corner from the show....we got our drinks and some appetizers...we sat in a booth that overlooked the casino...we watched all the skaters walking by after the show...we even waved to some of them. Imagine our shock and surprise when they all started showing up at the Shrine for their "after party"!! They started roping off an area we were already in...I asked if we were going to be asked to leave the waitress said "no, it's just a party for some skaters :eek: can you imagine!!! Security came by our booth and closed the opening to the casino! (Our booth was right next to the DJ booth ) One by one we watched all the skaters arrive..all the above skaters mentioned plus Steven Cousins, Elena B., Kristi Yamaguchi, David Pelletier! (this was around the time everyone was speculating if Jamie and David were together or not.....that night they Def. were not together...they came to the party apart...and never even spoke to one another..Dave hung out with Steven and Elena) The DJ started playing and after more wine My husband and I joined the skaters on the dance floor! My husband still talks about how he bumped into Kristi Y on the dance floor!! John Z. and Shae-Lynn skated to Poker face on the Thin Ice show...well when the DJ played poker face we were treated to a repeat performance by John and Shae complete with lifts...we all stood around in a circle clapping! Afterword we bought John Z a drink, which he graciously accepted...he came over and thanked us and gave me a kiss on both cheeks:hat1: I think I was stunned speechless!! He had his Mom there with him...she had had enough of the after party and was headed up to her room. I got to speak with her for a few moments and tell her how great I thought her son was..lol doesn't every mom want to hear that! We stayed till the party ended..at little after 1:00am...then we went to the casino and played roulette and won ourselves a little $$. It was a night I'll never forget!!

Some quick additions - Sinead & John Kerr - so pleasant to talk to (Mike's show 2009, and John again at the 2010 Liberty Summer Competition), and extremely appreciative of the fan support.

Skate America 2007 - We ended up staying at the skaters' hotel. Great encounters with a number of skaters with conversations that lasted at least a few minutes long - Stephen Carriere, Ryan Bradley. I recognized Nobuo Sato in the lobby, went up to him, complemented him on his coaching and how much we loved watching Yuka skate through the years. What a gentleman -so polite and humble. He bowed when I spoke to him. I don't remember if he was coaching Taka at the time (Taka was at that competition and was quite impressive to me even back then).
So nice to talk to Amanda & Mark after practice sessions at different competitions (2005 SA, 2009 Nationals). They remembered me (I had given them a picture from a previous time), and they thanked us for supporting US figure skating. I saw Yuka in the concourse at SA 2007. She was in a hurry to get back to the broadcast booth for Japanese TV coverage. She apologized for not being able to talk to me then because of that, but said to me, "See you at SOI!" When we attended SOI in 2009 and were fortunate enough to see the warm-up, I was returning from the restroom. Yuka passed by, hugged me and my friend (whom she also recognizes at this point).

judiz
01-06-2011, 12:26 PM
You know, with Johnny complimenting people on their hair and checking whether photos came out right and offering retakes, it sounds like he is a caring kinda guy. But this image of him clashes with his "controversy-stirring" persona that is willing to say whatever is on his mind whether other people like it or not.


Johnny is much different in person, the last time I saw him was at the Ice Vault show before 2010 Nats. Johnny and his mom immediately came up to us and thanked us for waiting (it was about 45 minutes after the show ended), in fact he said "I can't believe you waited for me" After chatting with Johnny I started talking to Patti and my husband starting talking to Johnny about the weather and traffic! As we said goodbye, Johnny told us to drive carefully because there were a lot of crazy drivers on the road.

skamper23
01-06-2011, 12:33 PM
Thanks paskatefan! Here's something I forgot...we went to a benefit show in in MA "Evening for Iveta" and at the end Johnny Weir came out with a bunch of roses, which he gave to skaters in the show....he had extra and started giving them to the audience..my husband yelled to him and he came over and gave me a rose! (at this show he skated the Falling Angels program with Melissa and Denis, I was so happy to see that performed live!!)

Also when leaving the MGM Grand the next morning ...we were coming off the elevator and Kurt was getting on ....I wanted to stay on :lol: I was in skater heaven that week-end!! You can walk from the MGM over to the Foxwoods casino and while walking back we followed Mike Weiss and his wife. The I saw Shae at Junior's Cheesecake...skaters were just everywhere...I passed Steven Cousins in the hallway.. and while getting our room keys John Zimmerman whizzed by us!!

SmallFairy
01-06-2011, 01:27 PM
Thanks everyone for your great stories!

I must agree to say that Johnny is really very, very nice!! Met him one year at Cup of Russia, and he was so interested and seemed to have fun speaking with us. (He wanted to learn Norwegian, me and my friend are from Norway, since one of his ancestors were Norwegian he told us lol)

Massimo Scali is also so totally friendly, he sits down and have real conversations and always finds the time for fans. I'm sure Federica is nice too, I just didn't meet with her that often.

Albena & Maxim are also top friendly and likes to meet with their fans. Every championship I've been to they gather with fans in the official hotel lobby after the competitions over, giving out signed posters and little calenders, chatting and hanging around for ages. Albena is sooooo lovely, the sweetest woman you could imagine.

I forgot to tell about my close-to-Trifun-Zivanovic (OES) moment ;) we managed to "sneak" into the skaters party at Euros in Budapest 2004, thanks to Aidas Reklys of Lithuania (whom we had befriended in Euros in Lausanne 2001, when he offered us orange juice up in the stands....skating is so much fun isn't it! after that, we always cheered for him and threw him chocolate on the ice. such a nice guy, too bad he never did very well....really OES) anyway, Aidas got us in to the party, and there was all the skaters dancing, so much fun. We danced as well, but didn't want to bother anybody, as who wants crazy fans hanging around at their party? Kristoffer Berntsson was btw supercute dancing!

Later on, we were walking around, and I don't remember how, but I dumped into Trifun, who had a drink in his hand and was a little on the go, but very, very friendly and real funny. We started talking, and I told him it was great to have him back in skating, though representing Serbia. he was so suprised I remembered him from worlds 99, and partying with Trifun Zivanovic is really recommanded :):) we are about the same age, so it felt ok to hang out with him, instead of stalking some young sweetie he he

Frau Muller
01-06-2011, 04:36 PM
Frau Muller (the real one) and Katarina Witt rooming across the hall from me & my mom at Copenhagen Worlds ('82). We didn't know until there was a fire drill in the middle of the night and we all had to emerge from our rooms with coats over PJs and slippers. Very friendly. Frau was a bit nervous about not having make up on. Kat grabbed her skates. Everybody at the hotel had to stand in the cold for about 10 minutes, then we got the 'all clear' to return to the rooms.

At 1983 US Nats in Pittsburgh, mom & I also had VIP neighbors at the hotel -- Scott Hamilton & Peter Carruthers! No fire alarms, though. In this case, we saw them when their TV set went bad during the Saturday-afternoon ABC taped telecast of Ladies SPs and something else. We heard some guys next door yell "Oh, no - TV is out." Then a knock on our door - they somehow could hear our TV on. They came in, along with Kitty C, in time to watch Tiffany Chin's skate. I remember my mom pulling out a chair for Scott to sit but he preferred to stand. Both of these incidents now seem crazy - surreal.