Free skate proves very costly to Weir

Free skate proves very costly to Weir

There are 19 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 28, 2008, titled Free skate proves very costly to Weir. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Evan Lysacek was stiff. Johnny Weir was conservative, at least on the elements he attempted in his program.

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BITTER

Montvale, NJ

#1 Jan 28, 2008
Johnny was robbed, pure and simple. The judges like Evan's faux-butch image, that's all. Johnny should have gotten better scores for his spins and overall artistry. Evan looks like a scarecrow coming out of a concentration camp.
Erin

North Chicago, IL

#2 Jan 28, 2008
I'm not so sure. Evan's program was harder, but Johnny had better execution. Remember that they now have video replay, and NBC's tape delayed covered doesn't give a good timeline of how long it took for each man's set of scores.

Something as simple as Johnny doing brackets to Evan's counters is a huge difference.

However, I do agree that Evan's long limbs give him a gangly look. He is, after all, over 6'.
Love them both

Chicago, IL

#3 Jan 28, 2008
Really enjoyed watching the competition. I'm glad I didn't have to score these two, because they both were awesome. They should be very proud of themselves.

As an aside, I don't expect Johnny to be butch or anything, but I am very happy that he left his chiffon wings at home!
n shepard

United States

#4 Jan 28, 2008
personally i think johnny weir is a very spoiled young man and doesn't know how to show sportsmanship. he may have talent but his attitude sucks
luis

West Palm Beach, FL

#5 Jan 28, 2008
I would definitely NOT recomend this,
"Maybe that was too much to expect of a man skating in an outfit he called a "sparkly onesie," with a top that had an off-the-collar neckline and a plunging backline tied together with what looked like corset straps."
I would just like to say that a winner isn't only the one that wins championships, a winner is who falls and come backs stronger, like Johnny weir is. And that a good skater is not made by his cloth, there is not point at relating johnny's performance to what he was wearing... This in fact is the most offensive report I've read. definitely and homofobic thing, that shouldn't be posted.
Carl Riden

Farmville, VA

#6 Jan 28, 2008
The comment I posted this morning appears to have disappeared. This article makes highly sexists statements. It assumes that a man (and presumably a woman) cannot be both feminine and competitive. That someone who shows feminine qualities cannot be courageous and a fighter. Say whatever you want about Mr.Weir's choice to not take chances last night, but the fact that he likes pretty costumes should not come into the discussion. He was gracious and not at all petty after this odd conclusion to the U.S. Nationals despite the fact that he continues to have to deal with the types of criticism found in this piece. A beard and trousers does not a champion make.
Dianne Andriese

Newbury Park, CA

#7 Jan 28, 2008
I enjoy watching both men skate. Very different styles, but that's what makes skating so beautiful. Think Johnny could make more points with me if he'd tone down the sequins and furs, etc. Too much costume distracts from the skaters ability. Less is more.
Marianne Stone

San Francisco, CA

#8 Jan 28, 2008
Well... so much for impartial reporting. The article is mostly well-written but it would be nice if the writer could leave his dislike for Weir's sexuality out of it. Pointing out his costume choice and using a word like 'blubbering" to describe Weir's passionate release of emotion at the end of his performance reminds me of the kind of nasty cattiness a hack gossip columnist would employ - not especially good journalistic practice, in my humble opinion - but what do I know? I just feel a bit icky right now after reading it.
These are two brilliant athletes and performers, deserving of enormous respect for the years of work and dedication they've put in and the goals they've accomplished. It is more of a reflection on the writer and not on Weir that anything smacking of belittlement was included in this reporting of an historic event.
Donna Bell

Sequim, WA

#9 Jan 28, 2008
Johnny was robbed. I have always liked Evan, but his skating was sloppy and uninspiring. All the comments about Johnny's costume, what about Evans unimaginative boring black shirt and pants. Ick! Part of skating is the costume and artistry, but I guess the judges have forgotten that. I love Johnny's frank and honest attitude. I get sick of the syrupy, politically correct garbage that spews from most of the skaters. Even the commentators are afraid to say what they really think. Bottom line is, Johnny won that competition and Stephen should have been 2nd. Evan sucked with his clumsy gangly movements and all the flopping around of arms etc. The new scoring system has ruined skating. Johnny Weir rules. I hope he kicks everyones rear at Worlds and at the upcoming olympics. He is the epitome of firgure skating. But why are we surprised, the judges seldom get it right. Why is that, do you think? Hmmmmmm!
skategirl

Dupont, WA

#10 Jan 28, 2008
During his commentary, Scott Hamilton said nothing about Evan two-footing his quad landing. His bias is obvious.
Linda S

AOL

#11 Jan 28, 2008
The judges are ignorant. They chose a skater [Evan L] who had sloppy landings to represent our best male skater at "Worlds". His artistry was basically making painful faces and too much use of his arms [flapping is not pretty]. At the end of the show Dick Button was nowhere to be found. He was probably ashamed of the judges and had nothing to say. Hamilton and Bezic didn't give their opinion about who was the best either. How could they?
Grace

United States

#12 Jan 28, 2008
The Judges are middle aged and are prejudiced against someome who looks different. Weir's techniques and his jumps were much cleaner than Lysacek's. I would pay to see Weir skate but not Lysacek. Weir clearly was the winner!!!!!!!
Melissa

College Station, TX

#13 Jan 28, 2008
This author should be ashamed of themselves as well as the Chicago Tribune for employing such a bad writer. I am not even an Evan hater or a die hard Johnny fan, but what Johnny did at that championship was amazing. Much more amazing than anything this so called "journalist" could ever hope to achieve in his career.
I'd like to see this author attempt a quad or triple or heck even a double and LAND it. This sport is hard, and Johnny is one of the best. In fact, the majority of skating fans are in agreement he was the best at the championship. I think this will be the last article I read of this silly little publication.
Aya

Tacoma, WA

#14 Jan 29, 2008
I agree with everyone that the writer's homophobic and biased attitude about Weir's costume was uncalled for (I'm not a Johnny Weir fan, either). I have tremendous respect for the sport, and a part of that always has been artistry coupled with athleticism -- it's a rare combination of theater and top-notch athletics, including costumes. Shame on Chicago Tribune for not editing bad writing; this article took away the publication's credibility for me.
Erin

North Chicago, IL

#15 Jan 29, 2008
Melissa wrote:
This author should be ashamed of themselves as well as the Chicago Tribune for employing such a bad writer. I am not even an Evan hater or a die hard Johnny fan, but what Johnny did at that championship was amazing. Much more amazing than anything this so called "journalist" could ever hope to achieve in his career.
I'd like to see this author attempt a quad or triple or heck even a double and LAND it. This sport is hard, and Johnny is one of the best. In fact, the majority of skating fans are in agreement he was the best at the championship. I think this will be the last article I read of this silly little publication.
Very well said. It's why I don't pay for a subscription.

For those who think Johnny was "robbed," check out the detailed scores at the US Figure Skating website. I thought that Johnny had the better performance but did an easier program--something that was reflected in the scores.

For the record, I like both of their styles and only wanted Evan to win for the Chicago sweep--Lysacek, Agosto, and Brubaker. I honestly would have been happy either way.
Kirk

Bristow, VA

#16 Jan 29, 2008
“This one they kind of sat back and had their cognac and cigarettes and relax. His was more like a vodka-shot, let’s-snort-coke kind of thing.”

A quote from Johnny Weir describing his performance compared to another
skater at the 2006 US Nationals.

Maybe the USFSA still hasn't forgiven?

Ellen Freedman

Dayton, NJ

#17 Jan 30, 2008
Donna Bell wrote:
Johnny was robbed. I have always liked Evan, but his skating was sloppy and uninspiring. All the comments about Johnny's costume, what about Evans unimaginative boring black shirt and pants. Ick! Part of skating is the costume and artistry, but I guess the judges have forgotten that. I love Johnny's frank and honest attitude. I get sick of the syrupy, politically correct garbage that spews from most of the skaters. Even the commentators are afraid to say what they really think. Bottom line is, Johnny won that competition and Stephen should have been 2nd. Evan sucked with his clumsy gangly movements and all the flopping around of arms etc. The new scoring system has ruined skating. Johnny Weir rules. I hope he kicks everyones rear at Worlds and at the upcoming olympics. He is the epitome of firgure skating. But why are we surprised, the judges seldom get it right. Why is that, do you think? Hmmmmmm!
Bingo. I was there and I agree totally. Not only was he frenetic, but out of control on many elements. Johnny's technique on almost everything was superb. And, a judge, who wasn't on this judging panel agreed with me.
Mary Bicknese

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Jan 30, 2008
Carl Riden wrote:
The comment I posted this morning appears to have disappeared. This article makes highly sexists statements. It assumes that a man (and presumably a woman) cannot be both feminine and competitive. That someone who shows feminine qualities cannot be courageous and a fighter. Say whatever you want about Mr.Weir's choice to not take chances last night, but the fact that he likes pretty costumes should not come into the discussion. He was gracious and not at all petty after this odd conclusion to the U.S. Nationals despite the fact that he continues to have to deal with the types of criticism found in this piece. A beard and trousers does not a champion make.
The comment that I posted here yesterday morning also disappeared. Apparently there is some kind of editing, random or otherwise, going on here. I agree with your post, and would add that "a beard and trousers don't make the man."

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Since: Mar 07

Long Island NY

#19 Jan 30, 2008
The Real Truth Behind the so Called Tie-Breaker: Weir vs Lysacek

http://thetripleaxel.blogspot.com/

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