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    [QUOTE=aftershocks;3181577]True, I don't disagree. However, Johnny learned wonderful technique from Priscilla and came to Galina with great technique, which then seemed to suffer a little QUOTE]

    That's because Johnny went to Galina realizing he needed someone to push him and force him to train and the first thing Galina did was tell him his jump technique was all wrong, she made him relearn all his jumps and his skating has not been the same since. Johnny had promised everyone he wasn't going to be a diva with Galina and do what she said regardless so he allowed her to redo everything Priscilla taught him. In Johnny's book he talks about the frustration of falling on jumps that use to be so easy for him.

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    ^^ Well, that doesn't sound good. I guess he should have stipulated beforehand that he didn't need any technique rehab. Why try to fix something that doesn't require fixing? For all his rebelliousness, Johnny seems sometimes too easily swayed when it isn't to his benefit. Maybe he put himself in Galina's hands completely because he admired Oksana Baiul so much. While Oksana was an exquisite skater, she always seemed to have technique problems on her jumps, and she never really managed to consistently perform combination jumps. In any case, if he was going to allow Galina to rework his technique, why didn't he listen to TAT about Liebestraum, or to Priscilla about the need to train hard and focus more?

    BTW, someone in another thread said that Johnny has "burnt all his bridges," an analogy that makes me . IMO, any so-called “bridges” were long ago blown-up by USFS view of and stance toward Johnny, and his resulting refusal/ inability to fully conform to expectations or to change his personality.** Well before his book was published, Johnny IMHO had no “bridges” available to be burned.

    Or, we could all be wrong in varying degrees, as a lot goes on behind the scenes that never comes to light, not even in a book.


    **At least Johnny can always say, "I did it 'My Way!'" It does take some courage (others might say foolishness) to face the world as oneself, no faking it. Most people, let alone skaters, are afraid to really be themselves, as our culture generally indoctrinates us to conform.

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    ^^^
    This summarizes how I feel, also.

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    "Twirling for Tots" photo gallery (May 21): http://web.icenetwork.com/gen/photog...f19448190.html

    NorthJersey.com article (May 19): Johnny Weir talks fashion, reality show, more

    Weir tweeted yesterday:
    Back at home and packing for Las Vegas tomorrow. I'm so excited to show the world what we're scheming for my spectacular. Razzle Dazzle.
    FSO article about the "Ice Dreams" show near Chicago that Weir headlined (May 2): Weir: ‘I want to show kids that they should own it’

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    There are also some great photos from Ice Dreams (particularly Johnny with kids) here:

    https://profiles.google.com/icedream...amstour/photos

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    ^^Thanks for the article links and photos. I will be looking forward to
    Johnny's reality show!

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    Johnny is in Las Vegas, planning his skating spectacular. Via Twitter:

    JohnnyGWeir Johnny Weir
    Caesar's Palace is so ostentatious, I'm right at home. Casinos however drive me insane. Visiting some venues tomorrow for my SPECTACULAR!

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    Johnny Weir Named L.A. Gay Pride Grand Marshal (Exclusive)
    (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...-la-gay-191207)

    The reality star will oversee the annual parade set for June 12 in West Hollywood.

    Pop Star on Ice and Skating With the Stars judge Johnny Weir has been named grand marshal of the 2011 L.A. Gay Pride Parade.

    The openly gay three-time U.S. figure skating champion and star of Be Good Johnny Weir has been an advocate for gay rights and will oversee the June 12 parade as it travels along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif.

    "Johnny lives a life with a defined purpose, is dedicated to helping young people and is not afraid to be himself, sometimes not always an easy thing for a world-class athlete,” said Christopher Street West board president Rodney Scott.

    Said Weir: “I’m not ashamed to be me. More than anyone else I know, I love my life and accept myself. What’s wrong with being unique? I am proud of everything that I am and will become,” the two-time Olympian said.

    The 41st annual Los Angeles Pride Parade draws more than 400,000 people to West Hollywood for a weekend of events celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender visibility. It is organized by Christopher Street West, the group that produced the first LGBT Pride Parade.

    Previous grand marshals have included Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, Chelsea Handler, Cyndi Lauper and Kathy Griffin.

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    NorthJersey.com article (May 19): Johnny Weir talks fashion, reality show, more
    Excerpt from page 2 of the article:

    SB: Will you go back to skating professionally? Do you still skate now? If so, where?

    JW: I train still as often as possible at Ice House in Hackensack. I am currently unsure of my competitive future and if I want to dedicate three more years to an already very long and successful career. I do miss skating competitively, and if I decide to return for the next winter Olympics in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, I will vanish from the pop culture world. To be an Olympic athlete, you need to live like a monk and I don't do anything half-way.

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    Congratulations to Johnny, that sounds like a big honor!

    Er, what does a grant marshal do? March at the beginning of the parade? Make a speech?
    "Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode

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    Look pretty while riding on a float?
    "I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence

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    Quote Originally Posted by BittyBug View Post
    Look pretty while riding on a float?
    I think that's it. And the float would be at the beginning of the parade. And the grand marshall waves and blows kisses a lot.

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    May 26, 2011
    Weir, skater ``first and foremost,'' still unsure about comeback
    http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/...comeback-.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheylana View Post
    Congratulations to Johnny, that sounds like a big honor!

    Er, what does a grant marshal do? March at the beginning of the parade? Make a speech?
    Quote Originally Posted by BittyBug View Post
    Look pretty while riding on a float?
    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Skatefan View Post
    I think that's it. And the float would be at the beginning of the parade. And the grand marshall waves and blows kisses a lot.
    Oh dear, I don't think Johnny is cut out for that job
    "Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode

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    Oops, sorry.

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    Congrats to Johnny! He is, um, actually the first gay grand marshal? I noticed all of the others were just straight women who love/are loved by gay men.

    Previous grand marshals have included Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, Chelsea Handler, Cyndi Lauper and Kathy Griffin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justathoughtabl View Post
    May 26, 2011
    Weir, skater ``first and foremost,'' still unsure about comeback
    http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/...comeback-.html
    An excerpt:
    Weir told me he was still unsure about a comeback, either next season or later. Should he want a Grand Prix assignment in the fall of 2011, Weir must notify U.S. Figure Skating of that desire by June 21. He has yet to make such a request.

    ``I've been trying to find out what hoops the federation will want me to jump through,'' he said. ``I shouldn't be treated differently from anyone else. The question is whether I want to jump through the hoops.''

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    Speaking of Johnny Weir, I saw him on tv in a dress this evening, but I missed the explanation as to why he actually had a dress on. If anyone can enlighten me, thanks. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    Speaking of Johnny Weir, I saw him on tv in a dress this evening, but I missed the explanation as to why he actually had a dress on. If anyone can enlighten me, thanks. lol.
    it bought out the colour in his eyes?

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    On TMZ? He felt like it. I loved how he said he watched their show and saw his pic on someone's cubicle. It's been up there forever. Somebody is a fan.

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