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    Cool, they have fitted t-shirts, too! (I'm not much of a sweatshirt girl. Waaay too soccer mom. )


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mafke
    slightly offtopic, but which russian male skater does he most remind you of?

    I vaguely a remember a Russian male skater in the late 70's early 80's (I might be off be almost 10 years) who had similar posture and costume sense, who was it???
    I think it might be the winner of the 1994 Olympics. Unfortunately I cannot
    remember his name. He won the gold medal then his skating career
    just sort of disappeared. I do remember his costumes being over the
    top for the times.

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    You are thinking of Alexie Urmanov. He had a groin injury. He now lives in Russai and coaches.

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    What's the big deal about that? Olympic athletes are well known to trade pins, hats, and other pieces of their "official" wardrobe with athletes from other countries. It's all part of the international flavor of the Olympics.

    On the other hand, if Johnny Weir wins a medal, skates to the podium and waves the flag of any country other than the USA (OK, maybe Italy )
    he will receive a great deal of criticism.

    As far as I'm concerned, he should let his skating do his talking.

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    How dare he wear a CCCP jacket at the Olympics. It is a slap in the face to team USA.
    Who cares what he wears as long as he is wearing something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piel
    And what might JW do on a triple dog dare? I guess answereing a quad dare is not in his repertoire yet ?
    Hey, ease on him. It was reported that he landed 4/3/2 and 4/3/3 in practice. The first was double footed at the quad, the 2nd was perfect, some of medias were impressed.

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    Some of us find any reference to the former Soviet Union about as offensive as most Jews would find references to the former Third Reich. The two were moral equivalents. (One girl on the bus I was riding was wearing patches of Lenin and Stalin--I felt like asking her if she enjoyed using mass murderers as fashion statements but bit my tongue.) With Johnny I just roll my eyes.

    Yes, he is somewhat reminiscent of Urmanov--though personally I think Urmanov was much hotter.

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    Urmonov was the technical specialist at one of the competitions this season.


    Good for JW for landing the quad. I would love to see him win the Gold!

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    I don't see how it's any different than teenagers in the U.S. wearing camoflage or other military clothes without having served. He has an affinity for Russia, he's said it again and again. I agree with the poster that says it is nice to show respect for some of the other nations as well, and not have to "sneak around" with it like in the Cold War days. If he was wearing a Chinese team warmup jacket, would it be as offensive? How about Italian, since he's in Torino? He was wearing that jacket during practices at Skate Canada, five feet away from me....I thought nothing of it then, think nothing of it now.

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    Big whoop. Like this is Olympic news.

    Not even USFS seemed to care.

    Why are we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    When I was overseas, former Soviet items were the rage in markets. Everyone bought something and put it on. It was just being cool. Johnny, likes to shock and indeed, he does shock some people. If you understand Johnny, you just let it go as his thing.

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    He's an idiot to adorn himself with clothing bearing a foreign nation's logo.
    He's an idiot not to realize how he stumped his potential marketability.
    He's an idiot to think that the American audience will think "oh geez, young people do dumb things". Sorry he is at the Olympics.
    He's an idiot.
    Period.

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    I think that what he is wearing is inappropriate at the Olympics for official practice sessions. In the official portion of the Olympics, including practice sessions, he is specifically representing his country, and should be seen to be doing so. Outside of the official sessions at the Olympics, even while he is at the games, it would be OK, I think.

    I am actually surprised that so many American posters on this board think that this is OK. To me his behaviour shows that he either does not realize what an honour it is to represent his country at the Olympics, or else he is simply not thinking at all (probably the latter). I am not American, so this is not a patriotism thing.

    To me this has nothing to do with wearing something Russian as such. It would be just as inappropriate, IMO, to wear something Japanese or Canadian in the practice sessions.

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    Didn't Yagudin take a whuppin' from the RSF for wearing a Canadian team jacket to a hockey game at the last Olympics?
    Freedom of expression. No biggie.

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    He's an idiot to adorn himself with clothing bearing a foreign nation's logo
    Former foreign nation. A government that died and cannot be our enemy now. The Cold war is over and McCarthy bit the big one.

    He's an idiot not to realize how he stumped his potential marketability
    I am assuming that you mean, in wearing this, he has hurt his marketability. Well considering it's a fad with young people, I am sure other young people either think it's cool or don't give two hoots. Since marketers happen to toady a great deal to the younger folk, Johnny may be an advertiser's dream.

    Actually, that age group tends to love and go way out of their way to shock authority figures. They (parents) are the ones who have been stifling and oppressing youthful individuality since the youths escaped the dark bondage of the womb.Johnny might be on his way to becoming an idol to those young people who value nonconformity . On the other hand, considering all the purple and green haired, multipierced, tattoo covered young people I have met, Johnny might still be too tame for them.

    He's an idiot to think that the American audience will think "oh geez, young people do dumb things". Sorry he is at the Olympics.
    He's an idiot.
    I can't imagine an American audience thinking anything else. Why not? It's not like the boy is trying to raise Lenin from the dead. If the American audience knows kids of that age group, they probably won't bat an eye. It's becoming part of the scenery and will go out of style as quickly as it started.

    In other words, he's not an idiot, he's a young person.
    Last edited by SusanBeth; 02-10-2006 at 11:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchid
    He's an idiot to adorn himself with clothing bearing a foreign nation's logo.
    He's an idiot not to realize how he stumped his potential marketability.
    He's an idiot to think that the American audience will think "oh geez, young people do dumb things". Sorry he is at the Olympics.
    He's an idiot.
    Period.
    So, don't hold back, tell us how you really feel, oh wise one.

    Ok, I think we get it....You don't like Johnny Weir, and you think he's an....ummmm, hmmmm.....oh yeah, IDIOT.

    We can all have "idiot" thoughts about other people....I think I'm having one right now....:sheesh:

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