View Poll Results: Will Weir ever win a World medal(any color)

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    I dont think there is any chance of Weir ever winning a World medal now. There are too many guys better skaters then him or better competitors. People say he is young and has lots of time but he is not really young anymore. Joubert is same age I believe, Lambiel and Lysacek are a year younger, Takahashi is two years younger, Oda is three years younger. Only Buttle of the top guys is older then him by two years. He is not younger then most of his rivals, most are same age or a bit younger. He is not this young pup with all the time ahead of him, he has the next 4 years probably and that is it, and guys his age or younger, and many of them more accomplished then he, with the same goals.

    Lambiel is both a better skater and better competitor then Weir. Lambiel of all the other top guys is most out of reach for Weir. Unless Weir has a competition where he is really "on" and Lambiel has a total disaester in both short and long at the same competition Weir is really "on" like he had at Skate Canada Weir will never beat Lambiel again. Joubert is not a better overall skater then Weir, but is a much better jumper with more powerful stroking and overall skating, and is better competitor since even though he bombs alot, he can put it all together as well and put no-mistake events together. He is inconsistent and relies so much on his jumps, if he bombs his jumps and Weir has a good event Weir might come out ahead, but anytime Jouberts hits his big jumps he will beat Weir each time no matter what Johnny does. Oda is a better skater and better competitor then Weir already. He is already posting scores Weir never has, Oda posted an 81 at Skate America, Weir's highest ever score was the 80 at the Olympics under a very high scoring panel so should be taken with a grain of salt. Oda has never done a clean long with 2 triple axels and he has already posted scores higher then Weir's 147 PB in the long. Oda is not as polished as Weir but he is more interesting and crowd pleasing, does harder spins, and has bigger jumps. He does many clean shorts and almost clean longs though. Lysacek may not be a better skater then Weir but is a much better competitor and is earning the judges respect with his consistent skating which is leading to high scores in things like PCS which you build by building respect when your skating itself is not of the best quality. Lysacek has surpassed Weir as the top U.S skater, no matter who holds the US title, the only event Johnny has beaten Evan in the last 2 years has been the U.S Nationals.

    Buttle is injured right now. He is a question marks but when he was healthy he was regularly outscoring Weir on all his best strengths like PCS, spins, footwork.
    His jumps are not any more inconsistent then Weir, and he maximizes jump scores in the long program much better then Weir. He is a similar competitor but better skater then Weir. Takahashi is similar inconsistenty to Weir, but more skating ability when he is "on".


    Lambiel-better skater and competitor
    Joubert-stronger jumper, more powerful, better competitor
    Oda-better skater and competitor
    Lysacek-better competitor, more respected by judges due to competitive strength
    Buttle-better skater, similar competitor
    Takahashi-better skater, similar competor


    There are too many guys over him, too much would have to fall into place for him to win a world medal. He is already as old or older, and has been near the top as long or longer then most of his rivals.

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    I think Weir definately has a shot at a World medal! I mean who would have guessed that Kimmie Meissner would win World's? Or even Sarah Hughes in 2002 Olympics? We all know it's possible, it just depends what happens on the day. Weir definately has the potential for a wold medal. If he just sticks to his planned programs, keeps training those spins he hates so much and works on his consistency he's got a grrrrreat shot. Not saying that the others don't have a shot though. It just depends on who wants it the most. Johnny Weir has good technique and artistry, a dangerous combo in men's skating. As far as I'm concerned, go Johnny, go! .......would like to see Jeff Buttle healthy for world's as well! I love his style and flow on the ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moi View Post
    If he just sticks to his planned programs, keeps training those spins he hates so much and works on his consistency he's got a grrrrreat shot. Not saying that the others don't have a shot though. It just depends on who wants it the most. Johnny Weir has good technique and artistry, a dangerous combo in men's skating. As far as I'm concerned, go Johnny, go! .......would like to see Jeff Buttle healthy for world's as well! I love his style and flow on the ice.

    When was the last time he stuck to a planned program and skated it well? The 2004-05 season, that was a long time ago. Like Lambiel he seems to be miffed, justifiably IMO, about the regulations around spins, and the judges not giving GOE credit to the better spinners, so ends up sticking to his own ideas and doing lower level spins by the rules, except his are even lower then Lambiel's usually.

    I could see Weir winning a World medal before he retires after 2010 but it would probably be an inspired effort from him and a crash and burn by most of the field to get there. As time goes on it seems more and more doubtful. As Jason pointed out he is not the young up and coming guy among the current elite anymore.

    I also agree with those who believed Lysacek has surpassed him as the top American. Anytime who has seen my previous postings here knows I cant stand Lysacek as a skater, and find him one of the most overrrated and overscored skaters I have ever seen, but I am not blind to some forms of reality either. Lysacek's showings in international competitions since 2005 Worlds, the respect(inflated or not)he is getting by judges, his far superior drive and focus compared to Weir, and his willingess to examine the COP and squeeze every possable point out of his programs puts him clearly above Weir in the pecking order right now, both in the U.S and also internationaly. Weir's only claim to being the top U.S skater now is his win at Nationals, which came by the narrowest of margin with Lysacek typicaly making a big mistake in the short, but untypicaly making a couple big mistakes in the long, and Weir having his best competiton of the year. Not nearly enough to overcome beating Weir at the last 3 World or Olympic events, outdoing Weir the last 2 years on the GP circuit, and just generaly being a much more consistent and threatening skater then Weir on the international scene. The last time Weir looked superior to Lysacek was the 2005 Nationals. He hasnt really since and might never again. If you are clearly only the 2nd best American, a debatable opinion but one I have nonetheless, I doubt you will be on the podium often at the World level. With the depth of competition from Europe, Japan, and Canada 2 U.S mens skaters on the podium is an unlikely occurence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slutskayafan21 View Post
    When was the last time he stuck to a planned program and skated it well?
    Johnny sticks to planned short programs, and skates them well, frequently.

    In 2004 and to some extent in 2005, he could skate clean long programs.

    If things can change that much in a year--i.e. the bad 2006 season--what's to say they can't change back just as quickly?

    Miki Ando just made a comeback from placing 15th in the Olympics. Johnny was 5th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debdelilah View Post
    Johnny sticks to planned short programs, and skates them well, frequently.

    In 2004 and to some extent in 2005, he could skate clean long programs.

    If things can change that much in a year--i.e. the bad 2006 season--what's to say they can't change back just as quickly?

    Miki Ando just made a comeback from placing 15th in the Olympics. Johnny was 5th.
    You raise some good points but we will just have to agree to disagree.

    It is much easier to stick to a planned short program then a planned long program when you seemingly are a free spirit who has to experiment. Since he has not come close to doing so under COP in the long program since 2005 NHK it seems doubtful to expect it to me.

    You mention 2004 and alot of 2005, but even in 2004 when he had 3 clean programs at Worlds he did not medal, finishing a distant 5th. Little known Lindemann won the bronze without a clean quad in the free skate, Lambiel took 4th(some thought should have been 3rd) with a fall in the short, and no triple axel in either qualifying or the final free skate. His countryman Evan Lysacek manged 3rd twice at Worlds, almost entirely without a quad and not even skating totally clean, something Weir with 3 perfect performance was not able to even come that close to in 2004. In 2005 he did very well on the GP circuit but there was really nobody to beat-Plushenko was only in 1 event Weir was in(beat him handily of course, like he does Lambiel and everyone else), Lambiel missed the whole GP circuit that year with an injury and keep in mind Weir has not beaten Lambiel since before 2004 Worlds, Joubert was struggling majorly during the GP season both in 2005 and 2006, Oda and Takahashi and Lysacek were not viewed as contenders yet, Honda and Goebel were often away injured but also dissapearing as threats, Buttle was in none of Weirs events and keep in mind Weir has also not beaten Buttle anytime the last 2 seasons. It would be interesting to see him skate as well as he did in the 2005 GP season and see how well he could do, but he didnt really have to beat anybody that GP season show it provides little evidence either way for me.

    Miki Ando regaining her old form has the consistency doing triple-triples which is a skill to set her apart. Asada is not as consistent a jumper as she was last year, Kim is not the most consistent jumper, Meissner is actually a pretty inconsistent jumper for the most part. Nobody has a better triple lutz-triple loop combo then Ando when she is on.

    While Weir's artistry used to stand out there are many guys who can now match or better it and match or better him in PCS scores-Lambiel, Takahashi, Buttle, even Lysacek. There are obviously better jumpers like Lambiel, Joubert, Oda, and better spinners as well. His footwork does not score the highest of the top guys. I dont see what skills set him apart anymore, and he is the most inconsistent of all the top guys, other then maybe Takahashi, right now.

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    Also how was Weir's year last year a "bad year". He won the U.S title over Lysacek who many favored to beat him, he was 3rd at Cup of Russia behind Plushenko and Lambiel. He was 5th at the Olympics, well since Plushenko, Lambiel, Joubert, Buttle, all went into the Olympics favored over him and Takahashi, Lysacek, Sandhu with about equal chances to him that is not a bad or worse then expected result. He certainly was not favored to win a medal. Only his World Championships result was below expectations of him but he was injured at Worlds.

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    Well, I realize that this probably has nothing to do with the actual poll (and WRT that, I think that there is a decent chance that he will medal at Worlds within the next year or two). While I think Plushenko is great skater and deserved every medal he won, purely on techincal ability--nothing he ever did moved me emotionally the way the way Weir's skating has done. Same with Lambiel, Joubert, etc.

    In other words, who is the "best" skater is highly subjective.

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    I hope he does, but I don't see it happening this year; unless he realizes his potential, I think he won't ever win one.

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    I voted that johnny aleast win one medal at worlds. He's has all the potential in the world. When he performed his quad- triple-double in warm up, it was beautiful. Johnny problems is he don't attack his programs. He seem like he doesn't won't go for it. When he really wants a world medal he'll win it.

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    It looks like we all have faith he can win a medal.

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    Johnny Weir is an unpredictable animal...

    First off this year, I feel he is losing his National title to Lysacek. If he holds onto it, it'll be surprising; unless Lysacek gets nervous or is too hurt to compete. This isn't so much that Lysacek is a much better skater; Weir is currently too unfocused.

    Weir isn't the skater he's trying to portray himself as in the 2006-2007 season. The choreography, the costumes, the "trying not to offend anybody," all of this is part of the trouble. He has a slight, beautiful, feminine twist to his skating, and a style that is unconscious and mysterious. The more he tries to consciously distance himself from this, the more trouble he'll have with "getting into" his programs. "Himself" is what fans love, and what wins him medals. The rest of the reasons aren't my business, so I won't get into them.

    When he gets re-focused again, he'll prove he's not just hype. Yes, he's going to win a World medal. It could even be of the Gold variety. Johnny Weir is talented and regardless of how it looks, he is driven.

    He's like dear Emanuel Sandhu; we all know he can do it, we're just waiting for the when. (Most "big named" skaters are wonderfully talented, just in different ways. All of them have the potential to medal.)

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