Interview with Johny Weir `I can't do a comeback like Pluschenko'

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  1. Willowway

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    Total ridiculousness, saying you don't know the rules of the game you're playing.

    If you're skating just to express yourself, appeal to fans or get more attention, skate in shows. If you're there to compete then compete. That has nothing to do with being Pluschenko or doing it P's way; it has to do with engaging what is actual - competitive rules in a competitive environment.

    Speaking of Pluschenko...I'm not the biggest Plushy fan (in terms of his skating style which I know is Mishin's doing) but he makes no excuses - he is committing absolutely and has more that JW in the way of possible excuses (knees, age, I grew up in a 6.0 system). EP has set out a very ambitious goal, the Sochi gold, and is trying to head toward it without excuses. That's a competitor. I don't always like his choreography but I really admire his guts.
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  2. arakwafan2006

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    I just don't get how he wines about being oh so heartbroken about how things "shook out" in Vancouver and comes back to the sport while willfully ignoring the rules. The COP system has been in place for a long enough time to not complain about the old 6.0 system. If avid skating fans can understand the system I dont get why the competitor cant. I think its sorta trifling and irresponsible of him to even say that.

    Actually, if anyone should have the excuse of being brought up under an old system it might be that coach of his. Just saying
  3. gkelly

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    I certainly hope that is true.

    I expect that Weir will bring in some viewers who would be interested in Weir as a personality, or in his specific artistic vision, who would not otherwise be interested enough in a skating competition on its own terms to tune in without him. And USFS would benefit from encouraging him to compete for the sake of those viewers.

    Having him AT Nationals will probably drive up TV ratings for Nationals to some degree, which would be a win for both USFS and NBC.

    But I don't think they will go out of their way to put him on the world team or Olympic team. If he places at Nationals, he'll make the team, but I don't think they'll either instruct judges to inflate his score so that he's more likely to place, nor override the Nationals results to put the more famous guy on the team. Weir might be the one (or one of two or three) to put it all together at Nationals. Or other guys might put more together. Part of what makes the competition exciting is having multiple competitors who are capable of deserving medals and the coveted few spots at Worlds. Weir's presence would deepen the field, and so would Lysacek's if he competes. That's a good thing, along with name recognition and more viewers for that reason. But since it's a sport contest not a popularity contest, the most well-known competitors won't necessarily be the ones who earn the top spots.

    In many ways it's too bad that the US can only send a couple of skaters to the one competition that matters most each year, as if everyone who doesn't make the world or Olympic team is an also-ran at best. Popularity of the sport would benefit from having a whole circuit of top-level events worth following, not just one (Nationals) that's important primarily for determining who's worthy of advancing to the one (Worlds or Olympics) that "really" counts to the the viewing public.
  4. Seerek

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    This is where the quantity vs. quality debate comes into question.

    Would competing more times over the course of the season result in less "clean" performances overall?

    Should there be more Senior GP events, even if that means diluting the depth of competition somewhat?

    We would have to compare the Grand Prix series of other individual sports to see whether it's comparable..
  5. Eyre

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    Of course it's the best for a skater to understand what he/she could do to earn the maximum scores. But I don't think a skater needs to understand completely about the scoring system. The coaches need to. If Johnny follows Galina's instructions, and Galina understands the scoring system well which I believe she does, Johnny should be fine.

    The problem is the coach and the choreographer have to design a program that the skater could execute. To pack a full, difficult program is easy. To execute it is not. I'm afraid that Johnny couldn't do more complicated programs than what he's been doing. Johnny's 2006-07 LP "Child of Nazareth" by Marina Anissina was probably the most complicated but beautiful program of his. But Johnny felt it was out of his comfort zone and he never skated it well enough.
  6. sarakimm

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    Omg, everybody, take a Xanax. I believe he is totally correct when he says people don't understand the scoring. Maybe not the people here, but the general public. You know, the ones who USED to watch skating on TV and keep the ratings up. No they do not understand how Patrick Chan racks up the points so that he still gets giant scores even while falling however many times per competition. I have heard professional commentators within the last year say that a score was hard to believe or understand, "but that's the new system." Many outspoken skating celebrities have said that the skaters are so busy trying to figure out the points system they have forgotten how to skate beautifully. I have read such comments on these boards. So to jump on Johnny for this casual comment is absurd.
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  7. judiz

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    Totally agree. My husband only watches skating during the Olympics. He couldn't understand how Daisuke got a medal when he fell on a jump and slid across the ice yet other skaters who stayed on their feet got lower scores. Maybe the commentators have to explain the CoP to the audience before the telecasts so they understand it's no longer who skates the best, it's who racks up the most points.
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  8. aftershocks

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    Of course Johnny's comment was nothing new (he's stated as much before), nor is it outlandish of him to feel that way. Also, since Johnny is a skater who competes with other skaters and is privy to hearing what other skaters might have to say about CoP, he would certainly know better than most fans what people in the skating community understand or don't understand about CoP. Even skaters who say they like CoP because it is easier to come from behind and they can gain helpful information from looking at the protocols, may not necessarily completely understand CoP, and therefore rely on their coaching team to help them ensure their programs are CoP-worthy.

    This is, however, FSU where Johnny Weir's any comment, performance, decision, costume, possible co-op purchase, modeling gig, or failure to include the proper jump in a program can become a lightning rod and set off lengthy, and often "tedious" thread discussions.

    I think the focus on the CoP comment reveals more about those who decry it (and who parody the detractors :shuffle:) than it does anything about Johnny himself. As usual.

    Actually, the interview contains far more interesting comments by Johnny than the throw-away CoP comment, IMHO.
  9. Eyre

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    ...But the comments for the rest of what Johnny said are yet to come...:shuffle:
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  11. Eyre

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    :rofl::watch:
  12. mossop

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    COP has been in place for many years. Why does it take so long for Johnny Weir to understand that you either skate to win in competitions or just skate in shows where he can have all the freedom to be totally creative and do what he likes on ice. Maybe that's why he couldn't win. Did Evans complain inccessantly about COP?
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    I think it's a valid choice to compete skating to place as well as you can while remaining true to one's vision. But if your vision doesn't match that of the rule-makers and officials, or if other skaters are just better at accomplishing what the system rewards, then don't complain when you don't earn the points you didn't make an effort to earn.
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  14. Susan M

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    I don't know what things are like elsewhere, but in North America, just "skating in shows" isn't really an option anymore. It's not like this is the 1990s where there would be pro competitions and shows somewhere nearly every weekend all thru the autumn months. I think Weir does do some shows in Japan during the summer, but come fall, there are only a handful of shows in the US and I doubt they pay that well. Even Stars On Ice has only 7 stops here this year.

    So, if he wants to continue skating (and having his skating pay for itself) he needs to compete.

    Still, I do agree with gkelly that if he opts to choreograph his programs for show rather than points, he really can't complain about his results. I guess it is still fair, though, for him to criticize the system itself, and point out things it over and under values. I mean, lots of folks have things to say about that.
  15. aftershocks

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    Whether or not that's an accurate quote of Johnny accurately translating what Galina said, ITA, :rofl: -- A lot of what Johnny is quoted as saying is often funny and entertaining and often is meant to be. ;) Tone and context and what the original question is that he's responding to are often overlooked on the page. Whatever! Johnny's programs this season are not the best he's ever done, but they certainly are good efforts for him after taking off from eligible competition for two years.

    For more scintillating Johnny quotes: http://quotablejohnnyweir.blogspot.com/

    :) IMO, mossop and gkelly (and others in this thread), you are reading too much into what Johnny was quoted as saying about CoP, and also bringing your own previously conceived notions and opinions about Johnny from his former competitive days to bear on what he's been quoted as saying after his recent comeback debut. There have been several articles written based on the interviews that Johnny gave at Finlandia Trophy, and in none of them was CoP a major or exclusive focus of discussion. So, I truly don't see where you are getting that Johnny has been "incessantly" complaining about CoP since his comeback. Even during his competitive days, he did not "incessantly" complain about CoP, although anyone is obviously free to continue believing he did. To me it seems more that some posters in this thread are doing the "incessant" complaining re their OTT views of Johnny.

    In the history of fs and of sport in general, lots of athletes' visions haven't matched that of the "rule-makers and officials." All of the innovators and risk-takers who helped push forward their sport did not always blindly adhere to the rulebook or to the status quo, and often they paid the price. Some found a way to follow the rules while slyly thumbing their noses too. All hail to diversity and to subversiveness!

    Personally, I find these quotes more interesting:

    Johnny Weir:
    Erica Rand:
  16. Marco

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    When was the last time Weir did a 3 jump combo?
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    Vancouver. 3Lz2T2T.
  18. overedge

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    Maybe that's because neither poster that you referred to said that Johnny was "incessantly" complaining. Mossop asked if Evan was "incessantly" complaining, and gkelly didn't use the word "incessantly" at all.

    And maybe other posters are incessantly looking for excuses to argue that their view of Johnny is the only correct one.
  19. Eyre

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    Well, it might be a little like "preemptive strike" on some of the posters part. To me, it might turn out to be necessary to say those things up front:p. Given what Johnny has said after 2010 Olympics, he might again stir up a controversy after he loses, and some of his uber fans and many non-skating-fans will buy it.:D
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  20. aftershocks

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    ^^ :rofl: Yes, right, Eyre. Even the very thought of Johnny is certainly bound to "stir up a controversy ..." :p "preemptive strike" :duh: Maybe this thread belongs in Politically Incorrect, or a thread about political campaigns and guerrilla warfare!

    The major controversy that I recall surrounding the men's event at 2010 Olympics was Plushy's fit of pique at not winning the gold medal and his outspoken derision of Evan Lysacek winning gold sans macho quad, which has led to resounding aftershocks within the men's field ever since, effectively changing the men's landscape, requirements and expectations.

    BTW, the only mini controversies I can recall associated with Johnny at 2010 Olympics were: 1) a fan giving Johnny a crown of roses after his fp, which he promptly placed on his head in the kiss 'n cry, which some critics castigated him for doing, but perhaps they were just jealous; ;) 2) Johnny responding to media queries re Inman's infamous email to judges; 3) some fur-flying threats re Johnny's original sp costume; 4) Two Canadian broadcasters despicably making fun of Johnny and questioning his gender; 5) Johnny placing 6th overall in both sp and fp behind at least two competitors who clearly performed very poorly. Yep, Johnny was Heartbroken, as were many of his fans, but as far as Johnny complaining a lot, :blah: Would you accuse people like Dorothy Hamill, Stephen Colbert and others of aiding and abetting Johnny because they were very kind, supportive and congratulatory toward him during and after the 2010 Olympics? Even Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic were surprised at Johnny's low marks relative to skaters placed ahead of Johnny who made mistakes.

    http://kevinmarshall.wordpress.com/...t-overcome-poor-judging-his-sports-hypocrisy/

    http://www.advocate.com/news/daily-news/2010/02/23/dorothy-hamill-and-johnny-weir-talk-olympic-image

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100219001644AAVvgDV

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1Yb_jdPAeI Weir sp 2010 Olympics -- check out the youtube comments

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er2-MH2KnH8 Weir fp 2010 Olympics -- check out the youtube comments

    So yes right, a lot of people questioned Johnny's marks, but Johnny didn't quite as much. If anything, Johnny was very gracious immediately after his fp, smiling and waving to the crowd in Vancouver, even as many in the audience were booing the judges' marks. Sure Johnny was unhappy about his marks, and he cried privately backstage, and his team questioned the marks. Later he was very outspoken about his views of why he came in 6th and he mentioned that U.S. officials had admitted to him that they "hadn't pulled for him politically because they hadn't expected him to perform well." Obviously, it's not unheard of in fs for two competitors from the same country to make the medal podium at an Olympics (e.g., Yags and Plushy in 2002), however Johnny is correct in saying that kind of outcome "isn't something that is sought after by the judges." And it certainly is unlikely to happen if your own federation is pulling for your countryman but not for you.

    Let's not forget that Jeremy Abbott came in as U.S. champion and was expected to at least place among the top 5 competitors, and maybe even win gold himself if he performed as well as he had done at U.S. Nationals. So you have three strong Americans coming in as current and former U.S. champions (with two of them former World bronze medalists and one of them the current World champion) and of course the U.S. federation was basically mainly pulling for Evan.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkLqsEr0OLM Johnny comments post-2010 Olympics


    Peanuts, apples and oranges ... butt, in any case, mossop's query re Evan most definitely is an implication that Johnny "incessantly" complains, unlike OGM, Evan Lysacek. :) And while gkelly did not mention the word "incessantly," gkelly did mention the word "complain," definitely inferring that Johnny is a complainer, as well as someone who doesn't "make an effort to earn points." :rofl:

    Far from aftershocks "incessantly looking for excuses to argue that" my view of anything is the more "correct" one, my referenced posts are certainly one view belonging to aftershocks' ego. :lol: Not unlike Johnny, you either get it or you don't, and none of this back-and-forth matters in the least. But forward ho ... the tediously entertaining and unending misadventures of Johnny's OTT detractors and misinterpreted "excuse-makers," and sundry other innocent bystanders. :p
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  21. PeterG

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    I woke up and checked the CofR results. Looked at the general info thread first for the link and saw Johnny in last and then realized it was the entries list and that of course the two USA entries were last. Whew, Johnny in 10th...in the entries list only. Then I went to the results page to see where he really placed.

    :fragile:
  22. Eyre

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    Johnny said because of the politics in skating, Olympics could only allow one American on the podium. Since Lysacek was on there, he himself wouldn't be able to be on there as well.:rofl:
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    Is Johnny still filming his reality show? Or will he be during this skating season? After Finlandia and his SP here I can't shake the feeling this comeback has more to do with providing footage for his show. Since Vancouver he has consistently fed the idea that he was robbed in Vancouver and that skating needs him to put fans in the stands but when you put out in interviews that your coach told you to just skate around to the music and hit pretty poses instead of actual choreography I can't take him seriously. Seems to me he knows he isn't competitive so he is going to continue the Vancouver myth while mocking the system. They only reason I can think why he would do this is to provide footage for that little show of his.
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    Johnny is no longer filming his show, the second season already aired and focused on Johnny's life outside of skating so he did not need to be a competitive skater to film his show. Why is it impossible to believe he returned to competitive skating because he missed skating for a living?
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    So he wasn't picked up for a third season? How did the second season do in ratings without skating storyline? I don't get the channel it's shown on so haven't seen the show.
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    The second season is awful. The few episodes I caught were just stupid and really contrived. I mean the first season was actually watchable since it followed him during the Olympic season and was basically a continuation of BGJW. As far as ratings- any original programming by Logo that's not Rupaul's Drag Race doesn't really do well.
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    Since he withdrew, does Johnny still get a bye to nationals? I'm disappointed his comeback didn't go the way he wanted to.

    I have to admit, when I read 'injury' I wondered if that was actually embarrassment.
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    Doesn't he already get a bye for competing in Finlandia Trophy?
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    Distraught Weir Withdraws from Cup of Russia
    http://en.rian.ru/sports/20121110/177356335.html

    Weir, 28, said he expected crisis talks with his national federation about the Trophee Eric Bompard.

    “I’m unsure if they’ll be open to it, simply because I’ve withdrawn from one Grand Prix and the other one could give a chance to another skater that has never competed in a Grand Prix before, so this evening I’ll be sitting on the phone with America all night,” he said.

    Weir admitted he is not yet in top competitive form following his decision to return to the competitive circuit after two years away.

    “I’ve had problems with my body and my condition since I’ve come back to the sport. I’ve had a very rapid weight loss to get prepared and my body hasn’t completely learned again what it’s like to fall,” he said.
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  30. Skittl1321

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    Why would that get him a bye to nationals? (I'm honestly asking, I don't know why it would.)


    I think you only get a bye through the competition you have a conflict with. So it makes sense Finlandia might have given him a bye through Regionals, but it would have been CoR that got him through sectionals- however, since he didn't complete CoR, I'm not sure it still counts. Or maybe it does because he did the short.


    I would be he and his coach talked about this with the federation before withdrawing. He probably would have skate hurt if he lost the bye, I mean he couldn't have gotten worse than 10th anyway.
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    Ok, I suppose this is the way it works. I sort of had the idea that competing in an international ISU event would be a pass ta Nationals.
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    What I've bolded made me chuckle. Ohhhh Johnny, how very true. I'm guessing that between the weight loss, the amount of time since he really trained and him now 28, falling may hurt more now than it used to.
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    Without getting too much into the CoR skating on this thread, there were some elements of it that I really liked.....
    Would he benefit from some therapy expert to help him get the correct mind set?
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    huh? fix HIS mindset? Is there anyone who's qualified in all the land?
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    He will have a press conference here at 2.30 (Russian time).
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    Tricks up his sleeve (mentioned in ice network article)? Wonder what they might be and if we will ever get to see them. Sorry, he has withdrawn from COR. Did a doctor there evaluate this injury? Sadly, I don't think Johnny is on the "edge of glory".
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    I heard Johnny re injured his leg after two bad falls at morning practice. From what I read on twitter from fans who were in the rink, Johnny was with the team doctor for a long period of time until it was announced he had withdrawn. I'm guessing they were trying to treat it but were unable to do so which is why he wound up withdrawing. Still no word on TEB
  38. Sylvia

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    The dates of Weir's 2 GPs conflict with Eastern Sectionals. Having 2 GP assignments supposedly gave him a bye through North Atlantic Regionals only (although Finlandia Trophy's dates also conflicted). Based on past precedent, Weir should be able to retain his bye through Sectionals due to having traveled to/competed at Rostelecom Cup, though just the SP.

    ETA that judiz posted this video of Weir talking about his FS withdrawal early yesterday (thread got moved to the Cup of Russia forum in Kiss and Cry): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3zAFpGOC8w
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    ^^ Thanks for the link, Sylvia.

    ITA. Johnny made the decision to come back to competition for himself and his fans. It's not about television shows and other opportunities beyond skating (there have been plenty of off-ice offers Johnny could have taken advantage of instead of deciding to make a comeback). IMO, both Johnny and Evan have a love for the sport and perhaps they each have found it hard to let go of competitive skating as part of their lives. It is a challenge that most athletes (and dancers as well) have to face.

    Johnny made his decision and he's backed it up. He has put in the hard work and he had a credible debut at Finlandia Trophy. It's unfortunate that the road back has not been as smooth as he had hoped. I wish both Johnny and Evan success in their respective comebacks. Whether or not either of them will ultimately be successful in competing at Sochi Olympics, they should both feel a sense of accomplishment in what they have achieved over the course of their careers. I do wish there was a professional competitive tour for veterans like Johnny, Evan, Plushenko, and Lambiel.
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    Sorry. I think he made the decision to come back for the same reason he has made EVERY decision since Vancouver....,publicity.

    IMHO Weir believes all the stuff he spouts about being robbed. The fact that it has no reality basis is irrelevant.

    I wish that my first reaction to his withdrawal was not "here we go again".

    (and as for his TV shows, I could not stand to watch any of them. )

    I loved his skating but the act has just gotten old
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