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    News Johnny Weir announces return; eyes on Sochi

    ESPN -- Johnny Weir is ready to give up the fashion shows and the red carpet for another shot at the Olympics.

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    Lots of luck, Johnny. Evan was the darling of USFS and they turned a cold shoulder on HIM this past GP season. I doubt Johnny will be welcomed back by USFS.

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    saw this on fb! SO STOKED. good luck to him!

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    YAY! This was on my wish list for 2012--now it's happening! I'm excited. Who knows--maybe with his personal life now going so well, Johnny will be able to really focus on his training and get back to a peak level. And even if he doesn't land quads or win medals in his comeback, I will simply enjoy watching him skate. There is no one quite like him on the ice.

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    ^^ The USFSA would be foolish not to give this their blessing. He has fans and attracts PR. They can't afford to look down on him even if they wanted to - and why would they? It's not like they have a boatload of bigger stars.

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    I'm just wondering what will Johnny get this time round besides publicity? He was fed up with the "politics" in skating. He said he wasn't treated and rewarded fairly.

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    I saw this on AFP today and was soo excited. I wish him the best of luck

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    Publicity = fans = money. He doesn't have to win anything to have a successful comeback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    Publicity = fans = money. He doesn't have to win anything to have a successful comeback.
    Publicity = fans

    Publicity = fans ≠ money in competitive skating.

    Unless Johnny wants to use this publicity and high profile in competitive skating for anything other than competitive skating, which I think that's where his heart is. If that's what he wants, I actually think he could succeed. He'll do talking about his skating much more than his actual skating. And there are always people who will buy it.
    Last edited by Bluebonnet; 01-20-2012 at 10:48 AM.

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    That's what I meant. His fame depends on his being a skater, so he needs to skate. And skating needs a big name like Johnny. While I would love to see him get back in form and make it to the Olympics, it seems unlikely - but he can still prolong his fame and bring fans to the competitions he's in.

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    Yeah, yeah, yeah, and Evan Lysacek was going to skate this season. In otherwords, I'll believe it when I see it. Right now it's just talk. Why make the announcement now? Keeps his name in the paper, the wedding announcement didn't get enough attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    That's what I meant. His fame depends on his being a skater, so he needs to skate. And skating needs a big name like Johnny. While I would love to see him get back in form and make it to the Olympics, it seems unlikely - but he can still prolong his fame and bring fans to the competitions he's in.
    I think his chances of making the Olympic team are not bad IF we have three slots for Sochi. If there are only two--that would make it much harder.

    But, consider the competition:

    Lysacek: Who knows if he'll come back? If he does, he'll be in good shape, I'm sure; but a question mark
    Abbott: So brilliant, but so unpredictable; there's no guarantee he'll even make Worlds this year, much less the Olympics
    Miner: Solid and steadily improving; at this point, if I had to bet on anyone making Sochi, it might be him
    Dornbush: Not really seeing improvement this season; hard to predict what the future holds; quad not solid
    Mahbanoozadeh: Love him, but results aren't there yet; has a ways to go to make Worlds, let alone Sochi

    Of course some other new guys may come up in the meantime, but I think Johnny has a good shot against this group--that is, assuming he comes back strongly.

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    Why is quad jump so hard for top American men?

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    A quad is hard for anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    A quad is hard for anyone.
    Yes, but it seems extra-hard for American men. :-) Except for Brandon Mroz.

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