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    Johnny Weir officially retires + joins NBC as skating analyst

    Johnny Weir officially retires + officially joins NBC as skating analyst

    Weir announced this morning that he officially has retired from competitive skating. (He was composed when he made this announcement, but obviously -- and understandably -- felt emotional as he said it aloud to the world.)
    And ... he will be a figure skating analyst for NBC for the entire season -- including the Olympic Games.

    He made these announcements this morning in a brief live interview on the Today show on NBC.

    The final topic of the mini-interview: The NBC anchors noted that Weir is a gay American, and asked him about the Russian laws against gays.
    I'm paraphrasing Weir's reply: He affirmed that he will be on the ground in Sochi for NBC, noted that he married into a Russian family, and said that he wants to support those in Russia, and "to not be afraid."

    (Can't help adding that Weir looked very classy in a double-breasted dark blazer with a colorful scarf knotted around his neck. ETA: No live skating from Weir this morning on NBC. The Today show aired a little b-roll of Weir performing on the ice.)

    For those in other time zones who want to see the Today interview, it took place right after the 8:30 half hour started.

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    OK now THIS will up both the FASHION quota and heighten the probability of some CONTROVERSY in the coverage stemming from the Russian Anti-gay law.
    Go Johnny!


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    Well, I'd rather listen to Johnny than to Scott. But is NBC setting up the NBC Skating Reality show where Johnny is supposed to get arrested by Russians?

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    Corresponding tweets from @TODAYshow:

    Congrats to @JohnnyGWeir on his new gig as a figure skating analyst for the #Sochi #Olympics!
    5:35 AM - 23 Oct 13
    https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/392992601286004736

    "If I get arrested, I get arrested." -@JohnnyGWeir on concerns about going to #Sochi
    5:35 AM - 23 Oct 13
    https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/392992747981770753
    (Sorry that this quote was not in the OP.)

    ETA, NBC press release this morning:

    Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski & Tanith Belbin to join NBC Olympics in Sochi
    http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/20...pics-in-sochi/ (Oct 23)

    Subtitles:
    - Weir & Lipinski to Serve as Analysts for NBC Olympics’ Multi-Platform Figure Skating Coverage
    - Belbin to Report for NBC Olympics’ Sports Desk & The Olympic Zone
    - Weir & Lipinski Will Also Serve as Figure Skating Analysts This Sunday at 4 pm ET on NBC’s Skate Canada Coverage

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    Hmm imiagining all the stories. This will be interesting but I have a feeling there will be other analysts as color analysts now has a totall new meaning. Will Johnny be the "standard" professional analyst or more like Dave Lease (note I am not not talking about gay flamboyancy but rather cattiness?). I think the Russian police will be careful about how it handles Johnny do they want all the press coverage and international glare with arresting a member of the American media? Will johnny conform to a uniform if NBC has them,will he add glitter, feathers and fur? Let the games begin - fashion and otherwise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    Hmm imiagining all the stories. This will be interesting but I have a feeling there will be other analysts as color analysts now has a totall new meaning. Will Johnny be the "standard" professional analyst or more like Dave Lease (note I am not not talking about gay flamboyancy but rather cattiness?). I think the Russian police will be careful about how it handles Johnny do they want all the press coverage and international glare with arresting a member of the American media? Will johnny conform to a uniform if NBC has them,will he add glitter, feathers and fur? Let the games begin - fashion and otherwise
    The NBC press release (link posted above) makes no mention of Hamilton and Bezic ... and the absence has me wondering whether Weir and Lipinski are replacing the veterans.

    In corporate speak, a press release of this kind typically would say something like, "Our veteran analysts A and B will be joined by newcomers C and D."
    Only my speculation, but because NBC did not word the press release that way, my hunch is that the era of Hamilton and Bezic is over.
    Will be interesting to see whether they appear on NBC's Skate Canada broadcast on Sunday -- along with Weir and Lipinski, who definitely will be on air, according to the release.

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    Thanks for the info. Good for Johnny and NBC!

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    I hope Johnny keeps things professional and is not overly snarky. He has quite a bit of valuable skating knowledge to share and I'd hate for that to be overshadowed by useless comments on costumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    Will johnny conform to a uniform if NBC has them,will he add glitter, feathers and fur? Let the games begin - fashion and otherwise
    Forgot to add in my previous post:

    Again, Weir looked very tasteful this morning. Conservative wardrobe and hair sans makeup. Nothing sparkly, no feathers, etc. He was not in his extreme fashionista mode at all.

    Weir is no dummy, and I think he is well aware that the NBC gig is a terrific opportunity for him. On Today this morning, he spoke (again I'm paraphrasing) about wanting to be supportive of skaters and skating, and wanting to be an informative ambassador for the sport. I don't think that he will put the focus on "me, me, me."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Well, I'd rather listen to Johnny than to Scott.
    I will second that!!!
    Thanks for some wonderful performances Johnny.

    Tara, Tanith and Johnny are good additions to the Olympic broadcasting team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    Forgot to add in my previous post:

    Again, Weir looked very tasteful this morning. Conservative wardrobe and hair sans makeup. Nothing sparkly, no feathers, etc. He was not in his extreme fashionista mode at all.

    Weir is no dummy, and I think he is well aware that the NBC gig is a terrific opportunity for him. On Today this morning, he spoke (again I'm paraphrasing) about wanting to be supportive of skaters and skating, and wanting to be an informative ambassador for the sport. I don't think that he will put the focus on "me, me, me."
    This. I don't doubt he'll comport himself as appropriately as possible when the time comes.

    I join Doris and others in thinking this will be a huge improvement over Scott. I used to somewhat enjoy Scott's commentary pre-COP but at this point, as we've all discussed on other threads ad nauseum, he is IMO actively hurting the sport's attempts to gain viewership. I think he is also reinforcing in a subtle way the idea some people have that it's not really a sport. Even without any 'deep' understanding of COP, you can say something like 'this is a lutz, for most people the hardest triple jump. It's got a base value of X more than the triple flip, which is the hardest jump her competitor, Y will be completing'. 'I'm not sure of the level of that spin, but it may have been a level 3. To get a level 3 spin,the criteria are X' instead of just saying during the slo mo replay 'great spin positions!'

    Also, I don't think COP is as beyond the reach of many Americans as Scott seems to think it is. I'm no Mathman or Mrs. P but I was able to come to a rudimentary understanding of COP quite quickly and really believe most other people could too (whether they agreed with it or not). I'm hopeful Johnny can open that door for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Well, I'd rather listen to Johnny than to Scott. But is NBC setting up the NBC Skating Reality show where Johnny is supposed to get arrested by Russians?
    Yes, and probably, his friend Plushenko will rescue him and people will see that Russians aren't so bad after all.

    Jeez, I hope Johnny is not seriously planning that.

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    Well, Johnny has been the reality show business for some time now:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_..._and_TV_series

    Since 2006, for a matter of fact, including a documentary & the TV show Be Good, Johnny Weir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    This. I don't doubt he'll comport himself as appropriately as possible when the time comes.

    I join Doris and others in thinking this will be a huge improvement over Scott. I used to somewhat enjoy Scott's commentary pre-COP but at this point, as we've all discussed on other threads ad nauseum, he is IMO actively hurting the sport's attempts to gain viewership. I think he is also reinforcing in a subtle way the idea some people have that it's not really a sport. Even without any 'deep' understanding of COP, you can say something like 'this is a lutz, for most people the hardest triple jump. It's got a base value of X more than the triple flip, which is the hardest jump her competitor, Y will be completing'. 'I'm not sure of the level of that spin, but it may have been a level 3. To get a level 3 spin,the criteria are X' instead of just saying during the slo mo replay 'great spin positions!'

    Also, I don't think COP is as beyond the reach of many Americans as Scott seems to think it is. I'm no Mathman or Mrs. P but I was able to come to a rudimentary understanding of COP quite quickly and really believe most other people could too (whether they agreed with it or not). I'm hopeful Johnny can open that door for them.

    Thank you for the kind words, tulosai! I am just one of you trying to understand the system and picking out hte numbers seem to help!

    Anyway here's the video of Johnny's segment:http://www.today.com/news/johnny-wei...yst-8C11446723

    I agree with golden411, he was very tasteful and very graceful in his announcement, both regarding his retirement and regarding his decision to join the NBC Sports crew.

    Johnny did do some commentary for Ice Network at 2012 U.S. Nationals. Here's a video of Jason Brown's SP that has Johnny's commentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2H-dV6aww4

    Johnny adds some color...but also explains aspects of the system (i.e. the value of seamless entries into jumps and spins etc...the high value of a 3A and why Jason needs to have one, etc...)

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    And why Jason is a honey badger, AFAIR

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