Weir not great but good enough

Weir not great but good enough

There are 10 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 23, 2008, titled Weir not great but good enough. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Figure skaters always say the performance matters more than the result because the judging is out of their hands.

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Tuckersmom

Ancaster, Canada

#1 Mar 23, 2008
I liked this 'new' Johnny Weir! The great artistry and expression is still there but his skating is so much more disiplined and sure! With his new coaches and, therefore, the Russian influence that he [and I] loves so much, I am sure that in the years to come he will see his goals achieved and the satisfaction within himself will be all the greater! Way to go Johnny!
skatingfan

Rahway, NJ

#2 Mar 24, 2008
Johnny just proved what I have been saying ever since he won Cup of China. It is great for him that he has improved to the point that he can go out there and not fall apart. But he can never win anything unless somebody else makes mistakes. He should be capable of a much higher level of difficulty in combination jumps as well as speed. Buttle and Joubert skated sparkling long programs. Johnny was "yawn" and stood on his feet. I'm gad that he saved three spots for US, but he has a long way to go to be a champion.
stickitskateitde fyit

Huntington Station, NY

#3 Mar 24, 2008
Um first of all, please get your facts straight. His quad was downgraded to a TRIPLE, not a double.

Furthermore, his quad was dinged so much that it ended up being worth only 1.57 points, less than a single would have been. And this was for a perfect quad with a barely there double foot.

His flip, which is a thing of beauty, was dinged for lipping. Give me a break. Johnny Weir doesn't lip. His flip is gorgeous.

He skated his heart out, and this is how he gets rewarded - with disgustingly unfair GOE and poisonous articles like this.

Yes, he could've skated better. No, he didn't skate to his potential. But he's got everything it takes to be a champion. He is a champion. Several times over.

No skater has ever touched me as much as he has, except for Michelle Kwan. He will succeed, IN SPITE of all the naysayers and poison throwers in the skating world and in the media.

“All MEN ARE VINCIBLE!!!!!!!! !!”

Since: Jan 07

SomeWhere in Georgia

#4 Mar 25, 2008
I guess, the Russian coach and Russian choroegrapher still are not helping him. It is Weir's mentality that is hurting him. Weir, the " wantabe" Russian has failed aGAIN!
sistasoul

AOL

#5 Mar 26, 2008
Eddie07 wrote:
I guess, the Russian coach and Russian choroegrapher still are not helping him. It is Weir's mentality that is hurting him. Weir, the " wantabe" Russian has failed aGAIN!
What is your definition of failure? A bronze medal, securing 3 spots for the US team for 2009, and bringing home the only medal are enormous achievements for this young man. Johnny Weir can hold his head high.

“All MEN ARE VINCIBLE!!!!!!!! !!”

Since: Jan 07

SomeWhere in Georgia

#6 Apr 4, 2008
sistasoul wrote:
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What is your definition of failure? A bronze medal, securing 3 spots for the US team for 2009, and bringing home the only medal are enormous achievements for this young man. Johnny Weir can hold his head high.
He failed not earning the GOLD, as he judge others. I stand behind my comments, as much as you do! It is more like a spot for Russian coaches and choreographers!
Rachel

Vero Beach, FL

#7 Apr 5, 2008
Eddie07 wrote:
<quoted text>He failed not earning the GOLD, as he judge others. I stand behind my comments, as much as you do! It is more like a spot for Russian coaches and choreographers!
While we are all entitled to our opinion, I couldn't disagree with you more. It's not a failure to be in the top three. Some of the best skaters in the world have not won a gold medal and some who have often have not even come close again.

For me, Johnny Weir is one of the most beautiful and talented skaters to watch and I think his mental preparation has made a huge difference. It's not just because his coaches are Russian, it's because he has found coaches with whom he could build a rapport and coaches who pushed him. So much of figure skating involves discipline and self confidence and he admits that was lacking.

These very talented skaters have invested so much, emotionally and financially and have made many sacrifices to get to this level. I think they have the right to seek out the individuals who they believe will assist them in their goals.

I am reminded of Sasha Cohen leaving John Nicks to go east. She had two coaches who each helped her in different ways. She then decided to go back home. Kimmie Meisner thought it was time for a change too and I think it helped her.

Neither Sasha or Johnny have won a gold medal in the World Figure Skating Championships but I know I would rather watch them skate than anyone else.

For those who would like to see Sasha in a non skating routine from Stars on Ice, check this out.

She's incredible.
Rachel

Vero Beach, FL

#8 Apr 5, 2008
sistasoul wrote:
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What is your definition of failure? A bronze medal, securing 3 spots for the US team for 2009, and bringing home the only medal are enormous achievements for this young man. Johnny Weir can hold his head high.
Amen
grace

Pittsburgh, PA

#9 Apr 30, 2008
Johnny Weirís SP was the most impressive to me in all the menís short programs. In FP, he looked nervous , and it was not his best but he did it without any major mistake.

Without him US could not get any medals in this event. Yay for Johnny !

Anti-Weir will always try to find something nasty about him. Anti-Weir comments are useless to read.

“All MEN ARE VINCIBLE!!!!!!!! !!”

Since: Jan 07

SomeWhere in Georgia

#10 May 6, 2008
Rachel wrote:
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Amen
That fine for you, but I am free to keep my opinion. Good day!

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