When will Johnny be taken seriously?
When will Johnny be taken seriously by the USFSA and the media?
Many of the advertisements for the US Nats contain pics of MK and Sasha, and Michael Weiss, and B&A - but not Johnny. Last time I checked, he was the US mens national champion.
Here's an article on Yahoo about the Detroit cheesefest that mentions that Timmy won the silver medal at NHK - but no mention that Johnny won the gold. http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...alls_skating_1
How long will it take him to exorcise the demons of 2003, at least in the eyes of the media? At least Terry Gannon seems to have stopped referencing the "disasterous 2003 nationals".
I'm not a really big "fan" type - I like them all. But this is kind of making me because they should at least acknowledge his accomplishments. End of rant. :o
I think that when a skater wins a medal at the World Championships or Olympics, the media is more likely to "take them seriously". I think that his fellow skaters probably all take Johnny Weir seriously. To be taken seriously, a skater must also show that they will be consistent in their excellence performance after performance after performance after performance, a la Michelle Kwan, Alexei Yagudin, Evgeny Plushenko and numerous others past and present.
WARNING....don't read this if you don't want to be spoiled on Johnnys GP finishes
Well the truth is that he's only one 3 major Senior Competitions (04 Nats and the 2 GPs from this year). He's just not racked up the credentials that Michelle, Sasha, Michael and Tim have. People outside of skating recognize Olympians over other athletes and all the 4 mentioned have been to an Olympics and have won a Worlds medal. The only thing major Johnny has won is nationals.