All ye of little faith --
I'll believe it when I see it too (and I'm not talking about Johnny landing a quad either). Yep, Plush and Johnny on Sochi Olympic ice. Will wonders never cease!
As I said before, I'd rather see them competing on a pro circuit, but there aren't any. Good for the old geezers to try, right? Kinda inspiring perhaps? Or, maybe not. Guess it goes to show it's pretty hard for many athletes to let go of their competitive life, to let go of a part of their "soul."
Seeing is definitely believing... if not rooting for or cheering them on. I do root for Johnny to succeed in making himself and his fans happy, whatever that on-ice happiness ultimately turns out to be.
It is quite interesting that Johnny landed that quad, triple, double seemingly so effortlessly in practice, but never attempted such a combo in competition, and clearly had trouble cleanly landing a solo quad in competition. But again, I doubt Johnny is dreaming of quads necessarily in his comeback, but again who knows. Seeing is believing...
I'll believe it when I see it, but I'll be very happy if I do see it. If all the people who have said they will come back/continue on until Sochi will do so, it'll be the oldest Olympics field in decades, wouldn't it?
People so it must be true.
Here's a more detailed article about Weir's planned comeback: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news (ETA: audio of his press conference is linked)
Moran Memorial is usually held in late August and Middle Atlantics in mid-September.Weir, whose last competitive result was a sixth-place finish at the 2010 Olympics, plans to skate three hours a day, work out off the ice and regain his competitive mettle at summer competitions, including the Moran Memorial in Hackensack and the Mid-Atlantic Figure Skating Championships, held at New York's Chelsea Piers.
"My hope right now is that I can get at least one Grand Prix, even if it's just Skate America. The United States Figure Skating Association is aware of all this and is very supportive of me. I'm not going into the competitive season with any airs; I'm just one of the people, no special treatment.
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I'm not a fan of him any where else but I'm a massive fan of his staking so I hope his come back attempt is successful and injury lite!!! Good luck Johnny
Listened to hius "press conference"
IMHO it's not going to work out well.
1. Tara is still there... REALLY? Good luck Weir, she will probably have some "plans"
2. He's not going to give things up in spite of what he says... Listen to him. "I don't wnat to give it up" He's spending WAY too much time in the interview talking about what he's giving up. He's giving up everything except "one fashion show", commentating on IN, going to Asia for a show, (And that's just until Tara decides that he HAS to show up for her shows) He's already "regretting" giving up stuff.... when his husband goes out to party what's he going to do. When he realizes his new "friends" are only around for "party" then what?
I think he was one of the most beautiful skaters ever. And COP should have been his friend. It rewards those things he did so well. Transistions, spins etc... but he let it go for some reason.
Why do I think that the lead up to Sochi for the men is going to be "OMG why did they decide to make a fool of themselves" Lots of skaters who probably should have hung it up are out there desperately seeking one more moment of "glory"
I just hope the "butts in the seats" aren't there to watch the train wreck. Sadly, "train wrecks" draw viewers too....
How do you KNOW this?He's already "regretting" giving up stuff.... when his husband goes out to party what's he going to do. When he realizes his new "friends" are only around for "party" then what?
Maybe Johnny feels that now that his personal life is in order and he is happy, why not try a comeback.
It is nice to see Johnny so happy.
And I do think a lot of his "new friends" are not in it for "cold ice rinks" but for "see and be seen"
I can't tell if he's happy or not. It's a press conference announcing something good. You are suppose to "be happy".... does that mean you really are? Who knows besides him? We sure don't.
I would LOVE for him to return to his great style and form. I am not sure it's enough and I fear he may wind up like several others who have tried it. I think he's going to have to "be better" then he was during the last Olympic cycle. Even making the World/Olympic team is far from assured.
Unlike others I don't try to pass 'judgement" on mental state or health based on press conferences etc... Only the skater knows the truth on this.
I hope that they came back because they "wanted too" and it makes them happy, but there are times I think comebacks are because "well... I don't have anything else to do" Not saying they still aren't "happy"
I expect he is "happy" right now. (Not sure how much of it's skating and how much is love... love is always good) But I am not a "mind reader" and don't "assume".
The most amusing part of this for me is the Ice Network gig and the supposed USFSA support, but we know how fickle the powers that be are...
Bring on the funk, bring on the boyz..
Carolla5501 You say you are not "a mind reader," and you "don't assume." But a lot of what you've said seems to me to be based on your assumptions:
It seems to me from the people I know who know him well that Johnny doesn't make friends lightly -- and although he may have been enjoying a lot of the "party" life, he is not simply a "party animal." Johnny has also been working his butt off doing shows, making work-related and charitable related appearances; working on ad campaigns, designing clothes, appearing on tv shows; doing print and video interviews; appearing in the famous parade last November; meeting with movers and shakers to confer about possible future projects. He's explained why he wants to come back. And I think it's pretty clear that Johnny Weir doesn't do anything half-way. He's going to give it his full effort. Sure it might be a stretch to be at full competitive strength and endurance, but I take Johnny at his word: Skating is a part of his soul, and he wants to come back to make himself and his fans happy.
All those trying to bring down Johnny's fans' and admirers' enthusiasm for his goal and his desire and intent to come back as an eligible skater, keep trying, but YOU WILL NOT SUCCEED!*
More power to ya, Johnny! Ha ha
*And it don't matter if Johnny succeeds in his comeback effort. What matters is his effort. What matters is the love he gives, and the love he receives in return. For what it's worth naysayers, ultimately LOVE is all that matters.
^^ Like I said, keep tryin'...
I don't see how this is going to work - what he said was his finest skate landed him in an appropriate 6th place in Vancouver. I can't believe that he has more than that in him as he gets older and the field of competitive men moves on and up from Vancouver levels (and they really are).
Skaters don't make Olympic teams on 3 hours of skating a day; skaters make Olympic teams on 7 or 8 hours of work a day and not much in terms of distractions. I have always been impressed by exactly how much hard work with an unflagging focus it takes to even make a team - that hasn't changed. I think his plan as he described it is to do this "on the cheap" in terms of investment of time, energy and focus. That just never works, not for anyone.
I think he should do what he would like to do; I hope however that no younger skater who needs USFSA financial support has to wait in line for a few additional years or get less support because those dollars are going to Johnny. Try to come back, sure, but with his own (or privately raised) dollars.
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