Audio — Chicago’s Eric and Kathy Interview Johnny Weir on NOV
Audio — Chicago’s Eric and Kathy Interview Johnny Weir on NOV
Last edited by judiz; 11-11-2011 at 03:03 AM.
I hope he does return but he's really gonna have to work his ass off.
I'll believe it when I see it.
It took forever to get to Johnny. Those "hosts" and the music were very very
Johnny didn't say he was "coming back." He said that he was going to take time off early next year to sit down with his coach, do some training and talk with her to decide whether or not it will be possible for him to come back to skating. He was also joking with the interviewer about having to stop eating again.
Looking forward to this Sunday's Fashion on Ice broadcast, which Johnny also mentions in the interview.
BTW, when I clicked on the arrow in my link, it went straight to the interview right after the video ad for margarine.
I didn't even get the margarine ad just the interview, which, by the way, was great! Thanks for posting that Judiz. I think I'm with mgobluegirl about the return to competition though. Not that I wouldn't love it.
It's interesting how these guys can't get the competition lust out of their blood. I think Evan is in the same boat. Johnny has alot of momentum in his career outside of skating. Evan not so much so I can see him coming back before Johnny but I have big doubts we'll see either of them skating in Sochi.
He would not make another U.S team if he returned. The USFSA was never found of him and while the U.S men have been stronger they still have Abbott possibly back on track, some younger men, and possibly Evan coming back; all of whom could place better at a Worlds than Johnny would be capable of right now. He would be welcomed back with a guillitone, not a welcome mat. I think he knows this as well, along with the fact the field has passed him (his best performances ever could only net 6th place in Vancouver, and probably would have been 10th or worse if everyone had skated to their potential) and would never return. I would love to see him as a show skater. I hope he pursues that avenue if possible.
Quote of the week:
judgejudy on Johnny:
"... he would be welcomed back with a guillotine ..."
Lol, how much the skating world loves to hate him, and how much the rest of the world loves to embrace him! His visage over 12 feet tall in malls everywhere: http://i43.tinypic.com/f3g75k.jpg
The sad truth is that Johnny had more talent than Lysacek, and was much less of a headcase than Abbott. However, he never realized his full potential IMO. Perhaps if he'd had Lysacek's work ethic and played by the USFSA's rules [I know that it shouldn't matter but it does], he would've been the biggest threat to the top of the podium.
He's going to come back and BE Carmen he said previously. Not just skate to Carmen but actually be Carmen like Katarina Witt was Carmen.
Granted with Johnny, he won Nats in 2004, because he willed himself to come back after '03 Dallas, and he did not allow himself to be stopped by a negative comment from a U.S. skating official at a regional competition, when he was working himself back to Nationals. One of the problems for Johnny is that he needed not only to fully believe in himself, he also needed to get himself psyched up every day to train, stare down dismissive stares and ignore ridicule and media put-downs. He was pretty worn down after '06 Olympics backlash. Hell, after his second place showing in the sp in Torino, U.S. officials should've slept outside Johnny's dorm room and delivered him to the rink in a limousine with full escort for the fp. The upshot is, they simply didn't care how Weir would fare overall -- they were too busy not commenting on all the media speculation after sp ... 'Is Weir gay? And/ or, too busy worrying about Lysacek getting over his illness and sp problems.
BTW, yes Jeremy, especially after 2010 Olympics is perceived to be/ often labeled as "a headcase." Well, I hope Abbott deep-sixes that notion starting this season!
I wish Johnny had believed in himself enough to get to a coaching/choreo situation that truly supported his talent and artistry. Amazing natural talent.
(but then I also wish Abbott had left Tom Z much earlier)
Oh the "what ifs"
Oh, but, Jeremy left Zzzzzzz just in time I think. And Joshua Farris found luck in the pain he experienced at 2011 Nats -- he's been healed and delivered to better coaches. Poor Brandon Mroz, but oh well, maybe Mroz and Tom deserve each other.
Not so fortunate for Ryan B, who should have left Zzzzzzz as soon as he started with him and run quickly to a ballet studio, and then sought out Frank Carroll. So many "what if" scenarios.
ETA: I actually believe that Johnny was in a good place with Priscilla, especially after he trained summers in Simsbury with TAT. It was TAT who helped Johnny begin to believe in himself enough to compete better, and then their collaborations truly resulted in some iconic programs. The split with TAT was even more detrimental than his leaving Priscilla.
Last edited by aftershocks; 11-12-2011 at 12:53 AM.
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Old, lonely, pathos-hungry, and extremely gullible
I've always maintained that because he started skating so late and it all came so easily to him that he never learned the discipline that a skater like Evan has to learn. Without the bulldog tenacity Evan would have been toast. He's not that natural a talent. If things were going badly in practice, Johnny would get frustrated and leave Priscilla standing alone on the ice. She didn't have the control over him that I'd bet Carroll had over Evan. Tarasova would not have tolerated that either, and he was in enough awe of her that he would have perhaps been more... cooperative. It's a shame she didn't stay in the US year around and the Weirs could have afforded her full time. It's water under the bridge now but I agree it is a shame there are no big tours except SOI or pro competitions now because he is a great show skater.
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