He's keeping his last name----thought he might hyphenate---or change, since he is so en enamored of things Russian. Hope he has the discipline to make a real go of it.
Go for the moon, Johnny!
I hope that he gets SA. Johnny puts butts in seats.
I wonder if he's already negotiated a contract with USFSA.
Well, that's tactful.....The bitch is back!
Who wants to watch rich people eat pizza? They must have loved that in Bangladesh. - Randy Newman on the 2014 Oscars broadcast
He loves Russia-- I imagine he is very motivated to be there.
It will be interesting to see how the ISU interprets its own wording on the comeback clauses.
"'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney
I don't quite understand him wanting to come back after he felt that he never got the marks he deserved in the past nor the full support from the USFSA...
ETA: In fact, he says in his press conference that he's hoping for SA, and USFSA has been aware of "all this" and has been very supportive.
I wish him well, but I honestly don't think it's gonna happen. I would be happy to be proven wrong!
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I'm also in the camp of "I'll believe it when I see it." I don't see Weir getting a quad though since he never had the jump when he was competing.
I would be great to have Johnny back in the mix.
"I'm trying to find way with my music editor to mix Carmen with Lady Gaga," Weir said.
Best skating quote ever? hahahaha
^^ Never had a problem with him. Surely you jest! Let's not rewrite history. Clearly many people within the skating world including judges and powers that be in the U.S. fed had conflicts with Johnny. Read his book -- he admits his own mistakes and he reveals various run-ins with skating authorities. I certainly think it is also true that not everyone was always against Johnny and that sometimes he was his own worst enemy. However, the thing that maybe some would like to now ignore or downplay is that many people in skating were (some still are) uncomfortable with Johnny's outspoken behavior, his unwillingness to conform, and his desire to just be who he is and not try to pretend to be what he is not.
Maybe now that "they" see how much the rest of the world loves Johnny and how marketable he is, "they" are more serious about taking him seriously.
Perhaps "they" read his book and understand him better, or perhaps not. Johnny did say on his official site that he's achieved a lot of personal things he has dreamed about off the ice, but that "skating is rooted deep in my soul." He has been quite successful and happy off the ice. Perhaps he would like to see if he can come back and achieve some happiness for himself and for his fans on the ice -- b/c I don't think he was often very happy at times during his skating career for different reasons.
Success on the ice, does not have to equate to winning an Olympic gold medal, or even being on the Olympic podium. Johnny might be happy just making the U.S. Olympic team again, and skating a beautiful personally redemptive program and perhaps competing in the team event in Sochi.
I take Johnny at his word. He'd already mentioned recently that he was going to start training again and then confer with his coach about whether he could get himself in good shape to come back, and whether or not he still had enough to come back. I am just surprised that the announcement came now. I had expected it might come sometime later, around Worlds.
Kinda funny about those casting aspersions b/c Johnny made the announcement now. If the timing is right and it also coincides with the upcoming U.S. Nationals which will bring his announcement more attention from the wider media, I ask, "What exactly is wrong with that, anything?" And my answer, "Absolutely nothing!" Smart, savvy, and marketable. Whether or not his comeback ultimately succeeds, whether or not he lands a quad, yep, "the bitch is back." Deal with it.
I've said before I'd rather see a pro circuit where veterans like Evan, Plush, Johnny, Lamby and others can compete. But the eligible landscape is changing with the team event, and it seems like Plush and Johnny are excited about the opportunity to compete at an Olympics in Russia.
ETA: Ha ha, gotta celebrate my 1,000th post!
Last edited by aftershocks; 01-20-2012 at 06:51 AM.