You are just wonderful Olympia, kind and always insightful, even when most all of us speak our minds (as allowed!) thanks to anonymity on the internet. We have a cadre of rich, rich former skaters, most olympic gold medalists and World champs who skated post whack. Many of them could do what Weiss does. How about Scott, Peggy, Button and more (did you SEE Wylies Summer home-LOL Wowzer!) and he isn't nearly as rich as Boitano. Singlehandedly they could find and groom a Latina woman and a black man-rags to riches, under dog, the media eats it up and so does all of America!
It was amazing what Susan Boyle did with record sales here in America. Good voice, but people loved the frumpy mmiddleaged cat lady who lost her mom, who sang with hope. Simon Cowell helped her. It takes only one person to bring uncommon favor to a life with talent. Look at what Jennifer Lopez did in her forties with that s0-s0 dance video. She has a huge Latina base in America. And the gay community keeps Johnny Weir out there, so to speak, and earning more money than Evan Lysacek, or so it would appear.
The skating eqivalent of Whitney Houston has to be brought along for years, but Scott Hamilton and the rich folk can't survive in their style without a mainstram base. It is in their best interest to find a couple kids who skate like Michelle and support them, just they way the Canadian Chinese community is doing for Patrick.
Now, it's late and I'm silly, but I'd like to see a poor puerto rican kid take America by storm al la Kwan/Cohen or Lipinski and get a lot of money from Donald Trump. I know NYC has the next huge star who looks like Debi Thomas or rudi Galindo! Nothing sells in America like rags to riches! The powers that be in skating just need a plan. Scott Hamilton, are you listening?
Last edited by skateluvr; 02-21-2012 at 01:14 AM.