"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
Interesting article. I really like Johnny, but it does seem like someone is doing a lot to put him in the public eye lately. I even saw him on Say Yes To The Dress the other day.
"Weir was impressed with Max Aaron, who won the gold. "But otherwise I was somewhat disappointed," he said. "After Max Aaron's jumping ability, I very easily could have done very well in the competition and that was difficult to sit at home and watch.""
You could not have done "Very well" because you were injured and bad mouthing your competitors just to make yourself look good is not good form. Those who can do, those who can't shouldn't trash talk IMHO
He was injured?
I thought his reason for withdrawing was that he saw on the grand prix the level of skating had risen dramatically and he was not trained well enough to compete at the elite level anymore. So it sounds like he is saying the Americans aren't as good as the international elite.
Easily, really? Recent performance doesn't support that. I usually don't comment too much on all the various PR stuff that all athletes put out there - the press asks, they answer, a lot of it is worthless. This is really irritating though.I very easily could have done very well in the competition
The 'if I'd only been there, I would have been great, you'd have seen it' stuff from anyone is really junk. The competition doesn't take place in someone's head - you actually have to get out on the ice.
Talking about what you saw is good (even if you're critical); talking about what you'd like to do in your own work plan is good; suggesting that you would have been in silver medal position if you'd shown up is disrespectful to the guys who actually got out there, took their risks and competed well.
Sitting in the "commentary booth" and telling people where you would have placed if only you had skated doesn't cut it.
Last edited by Willowway; 02-07-2013 at 10:57 PM.
Johnny - less talk and more action, ok??
From the article:
I really wish he wouldn't say things like this. It sounds desperate for fame.no matter what TV show I'm on, no matter what red carpet I'm walking down or fashion show I'm sitting front row at
Who wants to watch rich people eat pizza? They must have loved that in Bangladesh. - Randy Newman on the 2014 Oscars broadcast
Yeah, but he talks like he's attending the Oscars and sitting next to Anna Wintour. Like celebrities, there are A-D lists for red carpets and fashion shows too. As I type this I realize that I've actually walked a few red carpets too, and I'm nobody
Weir was complimentary about Aaron; you meant "I surely hope Miner and Dornbush won't withdraw from 4CC..." right?
^^ Johnny's complimentary about Max's jumps, and of course, his eyebrows! Max even gave a shout out to Johnny along with an eyebrow wiggle in the kiss 'n cry after his I]Tron Legacy[/I] sp.
PeterG, you mischievous curmudgeon, you're so curmudgeonly loveable.
Johnny Weir, you mischievous fallen angel (turned crouching tiger, hidden dragon?), quotable, never-say-die rebellious diva Swanita, and misunderstood Nature Boy! I wish you well and thanks for the memories ...
Fond wishes to you too, PeterG.
Last edited by aftershocks; 02-08-2013 at 04:03 AM.
""Evgeni is unlike anyone else I've seen in the sport. He fights until he's bleeding or crying every single day to be better. He's the surest thing about the Sochi Olympics. He will be there and he will be in shape."
So, Johnny, the lesson to you is: Be Like Evgeni, Johnny Weir.
I find it interesting Johnny says he easily could have done very well when the 4 men's medalists all scored well over 240 points for total scores while in the events Johnny competed in this season he was getting like 200. So really, you think you could "very easily" jump 40-50 points over the course of a couple months? Come on. Maybe he was trying to say that apart from Max, the other top guys weren't reeling off tons of quads, but what about Johnny's 3a that's so often MIA? He doesn't usually even attempt 3a-3t. Further, Jeremy didn't bomb and wound up third, and IMO was lucky he didn't wind up lower than that, after landing all three of his planned 3axels between his two programs. To me it seems Johnny is trying to belittle the accomplishments of the other men on the podium, which isn't cool because they all skated really well and to a level we haven't seen from Johnny in quite a while.