First, the "Evan works harder than any other figure skater" comment (I think that was back in 2010). Which is a load of BULL. Every figure skater works their as$ off at that level. Evan was no more or less special in that department than anyone else.
But the one that really has my back up at the moment is his comment that "No-one has ever come back from an injury as bad as Evan's". Um, that's absolute rubbish. Right now, Plushenko is coming back from something a whole lot more serious than a muscle tear. Heck, two of his would-be teammates in SLC have had far, far worse injuries than that. And how about a snapped Achilles? I can think of a couple of skaters off the top of my head who've come back from that.
And yes, he has much more humility than Weir (not that Weir sets the bar for humility). Weir is also an idiot for lambasting the US men for not medaling at Worlds and appearing weak -- speaking of weak, somebody should point out his glorious 10th (last) place short program finish at Cup of Russia, and barely clearing 200 points at Finlandia.
I have no idea what caused Johnny not to at least try in Nationals this season--I'm sure he will tell us soon--but I'm guessing his body isn't taking the pounding of practicing quads any better than Evan's. They are both old for the sport. Evan has his recurring groin injuries, Johnny his recurring ACL injuries. Plushy still keeps going, but I worry about how much permanent damage he is doing to his body by continuing to train and compete. Be kind to yourself, Plushy!
As far as Johnny's tweet: I took it as referring to the hate tweets from some in the lgbt community, who see his stance of not wanting to boycott Sochi as betrayal, and who (not having a clue of how the Olympics selection works) were celebrating the announcement of him not being in Sochi as "bad karma."
I commend any skater who wants to keep competing, and the decision to retire should only be up to the athlete him- or herself. I wish Miki, Alissa, Plushy, and any of the other skaters attempting a comeback the best of luck! I also hope that those who decide to hang their skates competitively all the best in their future endeavors. Finally, I hope there will be opportunities for those who want to keep skating to do so in shows. What happened to the new pro competitions Hamilton was supposed to organize?? That would be the arena for Johnny, Evan, Stephane, Plushy, Dai, Jeffrey Buttle, etc. to shine and entertain us for years to come!
When one sees an athlete who seems to be staying past his or her "freshness date," it's easy to think that this is caused by ego or some kind of hypocrisy. But athletes in all sports have trouble deciding to walk away. Most athletes have depended on drive for so long that they think that sheer force of will can keep them going. Recently I saw an article about baseball great Derek Jeter that said much the same thing. Jeter was never flashy and hard-living: he was known for being steady and dedicated to work and training, but he's starting to feel the effect of injuries and age, and he may not be able to maintain his standard for much longer. When to leave? Only he can make that choice.
The same is true for skaters such as Evan or Miki. It's easy to forget what the life of a champion athlete is like. Wake up, train, eat specially calibrated food, train, eat specially calibrated food, sleep. Repeat. For variation, travel to competitions. It's an all-consuming pursuit, often starting in elementary school. To give up a skill when you do nothing—nothing—else in your life, and you can't imagine if you're even good at anything else, must be like a bereavement. In a way, you're giving up your reason for living. You're also giving up your youth (at an age when most other people get to feel young for quite a while to come. Who's old at 26 except an athlete?). This is heavy stuff! No wonder people try to keep going.
And there was no other interpretation of his words about the other US men. He clearly said the US men were weak now. That's not respecting your opponents, that's trash-talking them.
What evidence do you have that Johnny was NOT injured? The fact that he lied about an injury ten years ago? Since then he's competed, for example, with an injured toe (2005 Worlds), a terrible cold (several times), and he skated most of the 2005-2006 season with a mono. He has a history of ACL issues, he was seen by the Team USA doctor before his decision to withdraw, and he talked about on-going rehab still in the spring. People present at the COR reported he was limping.
You may not like Johnny, but you have no more grounds to assert that he faked an injury than those accusing Evan of the same regarding SLC. Both men are old for the sport--why would an injury be surprising, when even younger skaters suffer them frequently?
As far as the strength of US men's field: when Johnny and Evan were competing they never failed to secure three spots for the Worlds. A year after they were gone, the US lost the third spot, and so far has not been able to get it back. I hope that changes this year, as there are several terrific young skaters coming up the ranks, and I'd like to see many of them get the opportunity to skate in the Worlds as well as the 2018 Olympics.
P.S. Johnny has specifically talked about how the older skaters weren't very welcoming when he was coming up the ranks, and that he wants to be different in that respect, and offer his support to the next generation of skaters.
My problem with Johnny is that he still held out the possibility of competing at Sochi in interviews AFTER September 1st. He refers to this possibility on Olbermann and with queerty.com. Now he's tweeting to wait for "his story". Why the delay? Obviously, so he and Tara have time to cook up a lie for why he's been deceiving the public.
i really do miss rachael...i'm just not thrilled that she's her own choreographer. her artistry was never the best in the first place and this makes me nervous. i'm hoping for a surprise and something better than in 2012, although i'm not holding my breath. as long as i get to watch her skate i'll be happy. and i'll get to see her and alissa at sectionals! SO EXCITED
Whatever happend to Anasina and Peizerot's return. did it happen? Are they coming back - I don't see their names in any GP events but what do I know? sometimes I find these comebacks are like those close out sales - way over rated and nothing really comes of them. They should be charged and convicted with false advertising or something lol - or Gwendel has to slash his hair and marina has to go without dying her hair red as a penalty.lol