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manleywoman
06-06-2012, 07:10 PM
It's too bad the Bravo network can't have a reality show called "The Real Divos of US Figure Skating" following the lives of Evan Lysacek, Johnny Weir, Jeremy Abbott, Adam Rippon, Joshua Farris, and Jason Brown. That could boost public interest and ratings I think! :rollin:

Except that a lot of those you listed don't have diva personalities.

Louis
06-06-2012, 07:30 PM
SM: I have an impression all your weirdness is calculated....

:rofl: I love Russian interviewers!

Skittl1321
06-06-2012, 07:32 PM
Except that a lot of those you listed don't have diva personalities.

Editing could take care of that :rofl:

SkateFan66
06-06-2012, 07:51 PM
Do they remember him though? Or was he that "figure skating guy"? IIRC, some race car driver guy one once too. I have no idea who he is now though.

How could you not remember Helio Castroneves? ;-)

Given the number of times that I have seen Evan's name mentioned the last few weeks regarding the DWTS All-Star season, I would say that it is safe to assume that many of the DWTS viewers (and journalist that write about the show) remember Evan. Will all the viewers remember Evan's name? No. However, given Evan's success on DWTS, I think that it is naive to assume that ONLY die hard skating fans know who he is.

UGG
06-06-2012, 09:27 PM
The only skaters that non fans today in the US know of are Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Michelle Kwan, and possibly Katerina Witt. Maybe Kristi.

Most of my gay friends who are not skating fans know who Johnny is. He has never been the topic of conversation with my straight friends so outside of the gay community (at least in my experience) he is not a household name.

I would agree no one in the US knows Evan and that he is not a household name. But they also have no idea who Sarah Hughes is, or Tara Lipinski is and they think Michelle Kwan has won 5 Olympic Gold medals LOL.

Overall I liked his interview however I think he thinks he is more popular than he really is.

overedge
06-06-2012, 09:33 PM
SM: Pushkin is hard to translate. Do you have favourite quotes?
JW: I recall one, but think it's actually Tolstoy: Upon the brink of a wild stream he stood and dreamed a mighty dream.

A few weeks ago he was quoted in PEOPLE magazine as saying that this was the quote he chose for his entry in his high school yearbook. If it's that much of his favourite, I'm surprised he isn't quite sure who it's by.

Nomad
06-06-2012, 09:45 PM
^ Maybe he doesn't actually read that volume of Pushkin he carries around everywhere.

Jot the Dot Dot
06-06-2012, 09:58 PM
The only skaters that non fans today in the US know of are Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Michelle Kwan, and possibly Katerina Witt. Maybe Kristi. You forgot Joannie Rochette. Difference between her & Johnny is that she is an inspiration for skating so soon after such a tragedy. Johnny seems to be more of a sideshow.

SkateFan66
06-06-2012, 10:09 PM
I guess Lysacek only has 64,000+ followers on Twitter because NO ONE knows who he is.:rolleyes:

Nomad
06-06-2012, 10:19 PM
64,000 is about 0.018 % of the population of North America.

SkateFan66
06-06-2012, 10:36 PM
64,000 is about 0.018 % of the population of North America.

That is not the point. Someone made an absurd statement that NO ONE knows who Lysacek is. Having 64,000+ Twitter followers says otherwise.

DickButtonFan
06-06-2012, 10:41 PM
That is not the point. Someone made an absurd statement that NO ONE knows who Lysacek is. Having 64,000+ Twitter followers says otherwise.

They didn't mean it literally, they just mean he's not a household name like Tonya Harding etc. It's just that skaters aren't known as widely anymore because there's either no scandal or no one is dominating for long periods of time.

Macassar88
06-06-2012, 10:47 PM
I'm from the US, and I have to say that hardly anyone knows anything about skating. A lot of people I know don't even know Tonya Harding. I'd say that Sasha Cohen is probably very well known, but none of the male skaters.

Skittl1321
06-06-2012, 10:59 PM
You forgot Joannie Rochette. Difference between her & Johnny is that she is an inspiration for skating so soon after such a tragedy. Johnny seems to be more of a sideshow.

I really don't think the average American knows who Joannie is (by name).

I asked 4 people in my office to name male figure skaters and got Browning, Boitano, and Hamilton (twice). When I asked for a current one 3 said Weir., the other no idea.All thought Kwan was a gold medalist. One thought she was still skating.
None could name the Canadian ladies skater whose mother died rigbt before the Olympics. Three remembered the story.

Just like in a few months I'll know the names of tons of swimmers, but by December it will probably just be Phelps if I'm called upon to name one.

BittyBug
06-06-2012, 11:00 PM
Lochte. Ryan Lochte. :grope: