Johnny Weir - Wikipedia
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I was in so much pain before hip surgery and it would flare up. My jumps actually got bigger and stronger after hip surgery. I look to Kurt Browning as the ultimate performer. I decided to just do triple toe and triple salchow to avoid reinjuring it. What are you able to do on the ice now? I really thought I would have to relearn everything after being off the ice for about five or six years. I was back on the ice the first day and wanted to jump.
I thought it would probably feel weird. Have you done any triples? I did a triple toe after I got back from the tribute show in December. I did do one. How did that happen?
Our paths kept crossing and he is such a great guy. He works so hard, so incredibly hard. Who works harder, you or Evan? I felt like I knew Evan would win the Olympics because of the training he did. I think that is what makes the difference.
There are chapters in books devoted to your training sessions. What was your training really like?
How many programs and jumps were you actually doing a day? My training was the same in September that it was in December. I always did a short program during my first session, a long during the second, back-to-back longs during the third and a short during the fourth. I don't know how Mr. Callaghan really felt about that, but that was just me. I always trained with a quiet intensity, but I was so emotional. Every day at the rink was a soap opera.
I always loved to compete, but the practice really was always exciting. I always needed to be the first person on the ice after the warm up and it got me prepared for competition. Was roller skating just as intense for you?
When I did roller skating, it was a social thing. It was about friends and Christmas shows. Was roller skating the reason for your incredible triple loop? So many American figure skaters struggle with triple loops, but it was such a good jump for you. The triple loop is so hard, but it is all in the take off. Have you always been incredibly focused? I always ate dinner with my parents at competitions.
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You first landed on the scene at the Olympic Festival. How did your life change after that? I was still skating at the Galleria at that time. I came home from the Olympic Festival and forgot how to do a triple loop for a good six weeks. How did the sports psychologist help you?
I believe that certain people are born competitors. I had to learn how to do that and how to train my brain to go into that extra space.
There is a certain feeling. I definitely wanted to win, but I was always okay as long as I did my best. I always had to skate a clean program. I would say I was content with how I did. Did you have media training to learn how to say that? Oh, I was totally lying! I never had media training, which is probably why there are so many crazy things out there. The triple flip was really my weapon in the short program since so many girls were just doing triple toes.
Callaghan and I discussed whether or not to take the extra risk and we decided that the triple flip was enough. Did you know that the third spot on the World Team was potentially open? As a skater, you know what is possible. I had really improved in a short amount of time.
After the short, I really wanted to show everyone what I was capable of. It was definitely a surprise to be on the World Team and going to Worlds that first year. You had quite the memorable first trip to Worlds. Was the entire experience overwhelming for you? This is what happened: Qualifying was amazing and I finished second. Midori Ito, whom I love, skated before me and missed her triple axel.
If you watch my triple lutz, it was fine. I had extra juice and never got to the toe on my loop takeoff. After that, I was in panic mode and missed the flip. I skated in the long program group with Mexico and the African Nations. It was a disaster, but I really learned a giant lesson. What happened after your short program?
I was hysterical and locked myself in a broom closet. Callaghan was always so calm, but I really needed my mom.
Callaghan is known for being intense, but I was ten times as intense. I was super-emotional, really upset and just embarrassed. It was a disaster. I had a practice that night and remember sitting with my mom and feeling a change come over me.
I became super angry and went out and had the best practice. I knew I was going to do well in the long. From then on, I realized that I skated my best when I got angry. You performed with Champions on Ice after the World Championships. Did it help you as a competitor? Touring is different for everyone, but I did six triples every night. It was almost like preparing for competition because you do the same thing every night. It really helps with the nerves.
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What changed after competing in your first World Championships? So much changed after my first Worlds. I was still growing and my jumps changed so much when I was Callaghan changed my axel and I fought him the entire way. He changed my lutz entrance and I changed from a toe loop to a toe-walley. My jumps just got bigger and we worked on my flutz. Everything happened so fast and my jumps got easier. I began playing around with so many different triple-triples. You began working with Sandra Bezic in the summer of Championshipshe won his third consecutive title and, as the national champion, was automatically named to the U.
Olympics and World teams. However, Weir omitted some of his planned jumps in the free skate, and finished off of the podium in fifth place. ChampionshipsWeir was in second place after the short program, less than a point behind Evan Lysacek. In the free program, he was unable to complete his triple axel combination, fell on a triple loop and doubled several of his planned combinations.
He attempted a quadruple toe loop but it was heavily two-footed on the landing. Weir lost his national title and finished in third place.
ChampionshipsWeir won the short program over Evan Lysacek by 1. Weir completed a slightly two-footed quadruple toe loop in his long program and scored more points on his jumps and in the program components than Lysacek but Lysacek scored more points for his spins and footwork. Weir skated a short program that received a career-best score and put him in second place. In the free program, he skated steadily but tentatively, eliminating the second jump from his first planned combination and doubling a planned triple jump on another combination.
However, the program was strong enough for Weir to win his first World medal — a bronze — and kept the United States from being shut out of the medals at a World Championship for the first time since While there, he contracted a severe stomach virus that landed him in the hospital and caused him to lose eight pounds in a single day. He was unable to regain all of the weight or train at full capacity before the U. Championships in Januarywhere he singled the planned triple axel in both his short and long programs and also fell on the triple lutz in the long, resulting in a fifth-place finish.
It was the first time since that he had been off the podium at Nationals. Championships in Spokane, Washington and was subsequently named to the U. At the Winter OlympicsWeir finished sixth overall, with a new personal-best combined score of Figure Skating announced that Weir had not registered for qualifying events to the U.
Championshipswhere skaters compete for Olympic berths. Weir also spent part of each summer between and working with Russian coach Tatiana Tarasova at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury, Connecticut.
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He skated with the Champions on Ice touring ice show every spring from untiltheir last season before going out of business. In Weir skated in the Artistry on Ice show which toured in China. It premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 24,and was scheduled to show at film festivals across the United States in the Spring and Summer of before airing on the Sundance Channel on December 24, Season one aired on the Sundance Channel in early