I couldn't agree more, I'm 21 and was as sheltered as they come, but I do pretty well on my own I mean, yes missing the bus can happen, but when is Johnny going to just say "I screwed up" instead of blaming the bus, the media, the USFSA, etc...
Originally Posted by 76olympics
that being said, he's just repeating himself more and more...
when he's talking about the last olympics in teh quote about why people are bored with the sport is he talking 02 or 06? because the popularity went down well before this past season... someone isn't paying attention! LOL
To give him his dues though, he listed the bus as one of the things that went wrong that day, everyone jumped all over it saying that he was blaming the bus for his poor skate and in his next interview he pretty much said he screwed up, his bad skate was just that and not to be blamed on the bus. I think he's a heart on his sleeve kind of guy - someone asks him a question and he tells you what's on his mind without thinking - i'm pretty much the same so i tend to forgive it in others!
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
The incident of missing the bus threw Weir off from his mental balance. I can understand that very well. The same would happen to me if on an important day something would go wrong and I would get scared about not arriving early enough. Personally though, I would take care of checking matters beforehand and more than once to ensure that there would be no unpleasant surprises.
Last edited by Jaana; 06-09-2006 at 08:27 AM.
The popularity of skating has seemingly gone down since around 2001 big time, or did it start even around 99? Sometime between 99-2001 it really started. I have two main ideas for that if I had to guess:
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
1)Not enough marquee rivalries. The public was transfixed by the Kwan-Lipinski, Kwan-Slutskaya, Stojko-Eldredge, Stojko-Kulik, Stojko-Urmanov, Kwan-Chen, Kerrigan-Biaul, Biaul-Bonaly type of rivalries, marquee matchups that happened more then once in a year it seemed. In the pros there were even better rivalries like Ito-Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi-Sato, Brasseur/Eisler vs Gordeeva/Grinkov, Boitano-Browning, Boitano-Hamilton, Klimova/Ponamarenko vs Usova/Zhulin, Klimova/Ponamarenko vs Torvil/Dean. There are not as many of those anymore.
2)The boom from the Harding-Kerrigan fallout was so high, and the excitement around skating almost too enormously high in the enusing years, that everything after the boom of that began to fade, especialy in the years after the 98 Olympics which had built up to with more grandour then normal due to this boom period, that everything seemed like a letdown, and things seemed less interesting and appealing to people then they would have even been before this boom.
Last edited by slutskayafan21; 06-09-2006 at 10:32 AM.
That's true, SF. Those were the days. The Kwan/Cohen rivalry didn't start until 2002 Nats and never really got interesting until 2004 Worlds with Cohen's Swan Lake. However, Kwan was skating at that time with an injured hip but made one last gasp at the 2003 Worlds which Cohen didn't place in either. That rivalry never really materialized and while Cohen/Slutskaya rivalry began, it didn't do much for interest, imo. Shizuka was the amazing one.
Oh yeah. Back to Johnny. He's ok by me.