I give him credit for not stretching it all out until the last moment.
If he wants to come back eventually, assuming the rules for "returning skaters" for GP stay the same, it's a better strategy to wait until closer to the Olympics to return, since it will guarantee him 2 GP's as a former seeded skater in the Olympic or pre-Olympic seasons.
"This, after all, is opera, opera in New York, not some dainty pastime like professional hockey..." -- Chip Brown, NYT Magazine 24 Mar 13
He really felt he needed to make this announcement? Honestly, I can't see him ever returning. Key line in his announcement "when my schedule permits" If he ever wants to compete the priorities have to changes!
Good bye, Johnny!
You changing your post in midstream? Not nice
You are delusional if you think Kurt wouldn't be successful without being "Scotty's BBF" or heaven forbid not Canadian.
Given he's making a decent income of being a Z-list celebrity, I can't imagine him returning to competitive skating.
Especially given the level of Men at 2011 Worlds. Out of his league.
When did Sasha or B&A or Weiss win the Olympics?
I'm with Ziggy. It's a long life. It requires money and if this is his niche after competitive skating I say go for it. I don't see him coming back no matter his honest intention.
Awwww Johnny, we barely knew ye ….
Yep, I agree Justathoughtabl that Johnny is sincere, as he dearly loves his fans. Sure, Genevieve, there’s snark galore but ain’t none of it coming from Mr. Weir.
Johnny’s every utterance and presumed fashion faux pas, past transgressions, failure to overcome his shortcomings and the obstacles against him, the fact he even dares to exist at all seems to irritate a certain shallow spectrum of the gene pool. Johnny is to some FSU posters like flies to honey. Whether or not Johnny returns to competition, there are those who will take advantage of every opportunity to use him as a punchline. Yes, sometimes the jokes are funny and harmless, more often just snarky and gratuitous.
Definitely to come back to compete again in the eligible ranks would be a difficult undertaking, and Johnny would have to be at the very top of his game – as the arena and the rules are in constant flux, and there’s no lack of talented men eager to compete for limited spots for trips to Worlds and the Olympics. Not to mention the greater challenge for Johnny of not being well-liked by TPTB. As Johnny once alluded, 2006 Olympics was his greatest opportunity (his bailiwick). In any case, let’s not forget or ignore this fact: Johnny’s major accomplishments in the sport of figure skating are attributable to his extraordinary talent, which has inspired and continues to inspire many.
Thanks to you Johnny and good luck! Whatever you decide, and no matter what happens, your fans will always love you.
Johnny’s every utterance and presumed fashion faux pas, past transgressions, failure to overcome his shortcomings and the obstacles against him, the fact he even dares to exist at all seems to irritate a certain shallow spectrum of the gene pool.
I would have been here sooner, but the bus kept stopping for other people to get on it. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
Tit for tat. I bow down to you overedge in this matter. As usual, you seem to be the expert. Where there's snark, there's ire, and overedge is sure to follow.
I think returning to full time training after living like a semi normal person since the olympics would be hard. It's a lot to expect for a 27 year old man to return to going to bed at 9pm every night and living off coffee and salad.