I certainly don’t hate Michael Weiss. I do appreciate his contribution to the US Men’s team, and his efforts have paid off in the past 3 years by allowing the US to keep its 3 Men’s spots at Worlds.
But I have to admit I have been turned off by several of the comments he has publicly made.
It annoyed me after 2002 Nationals, where the US judges had gifted Mike with 3rd place and an Olympic berth, when Mike boasted about how strong the US team was—when he was the weakest one on it!
And of course there was the Hummer chest-thumping at World 2003. That made me cringe!
Mike has been more circumspect lately in his statements to the press, and that is good. But his recent interview showed that the old Mike is still in there somewhere. He basically denied he had said anything negative about his teammates after the SP at 2003 Nationals, instead, he blamed it on the media. But I HEARD what he said, from his own mouth, and it was that the 3 skaters who’d been placed above him in the SP (Goebel, Weir, Savoie) had done so with skills that you’d see at the Junior level. At the time, Mike’s own (new) coach, Don Laws, reprimanded him and said that the three men deserved to be placed ahead of Mike because they had skated better than Mike did. So it’s somewhat disingenuous now for Mike to point a finger at the media and absolve himself of any wrong.
I firmly believe that Mike has the right to keep competing, and if he can deliver performances good enough to keep ahead of the younger men, then he fully deserves to be on the US World team. But I also hope that the US judges will place Mike based on his performances, and not on past successes.
eurterpe - I quote myself here:
For some reason, some fans hold a lot of contempt for Michael for what is perceived arrogance; others and myself included just consider his performances and not his personality. I agree sometimes a performer (not necessarily a skater) who is perceived as having a personality defect by some, can get in the way of his popularity.
My point is that I find the personal lives of skaters as just that and I have definite opinions of how skaters skate. For me there is a difference. Sometimes the personal lives of skaters are interesting but I would not hold that against their skating ability.
All I am saying is that I am finding excessive HATRED for Michael in this thread based on his behaviour. As a former skater I have no choice but to come to the defence of a colleague. Sasha Cohen made a verbal statement that she has already beaten Vikka Volchkova in a haughty (arrogant) way. I thought that was in bad taste for a skater to put down another skater. However, I am still a fan of Sasha Cohen. I happen to like her style and her behaviour off ice is just that.
If Michael's off ice behaviour bothers you than so be it. the off ice behaviour of many skaters I find questionable. Are there any other skaters you might list as having bad behaviour?
Jaana - I will be looking forward to Ilia's skating in the upcoming TV shows. He has been able to blend the East and the West quite nicely. He does not have to rely on an imitation of Elvis Presley as so many eastern skaters do.
For other fans of Klimkin and Lambiel. Maybe they will land their quads in the upcoming season. I hope so but for me it is not necessary. I like their styles which are so different.
Keeper of Michelle's Nose
Well, I could see how it would depend, or at least be a thin line easy to cross.
Tara, Sarah and Tonya.
3 ladies whom I was a fan of when they were eligable. But....now that none of them are even skating, yet all 3 seem to be regularly in the press giving their personal opinions on skating and their careers, well, I think I've lost a lot of respect for all 3, with variing degrees of course. (just so I don't get flamed, I do realize that what Tara and Sarah have done with thier post Oly careers is not at all the same as what Tonya has done with hers) I still admire them for the good parts of their eligable careers, but gosh, talk about knowing too much. Now there's 3 people I wish would "just go away".
I do not hate Michael Weiss.
There have been times when I have not liked his public behavior.
So many times, I wished he would just shut up and skate.
I am often disappointed with his skating, because I've always had the feeling he really could do a lot better.
Every once in a while, he delivers a really terrific performance, and I am pleased and delighted.
I wish he would fire his wife and get a real choreographer, and stop doing embarrassing programs such as his FS this year.
Although he has never quite reached Todd Eldredge's level of attainment, Mike has been an asset to the US figure skating team.
In short, Michael Weiss is a mixed bag---but then, so are a lot of other skaters.