Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Omaha 2013: Weir Waiting...

Johnny signs autographs last weekend at Nationals. 
Photo tweeted by @snoripi, who notes that 
Johnny was surrounded by fans on all sides, 
and was very friendly to everyone.

So last night was the first time I ever attended a "Skating Watch Party" on Twitter. Which is in fact a thing. And a fun thing, actually. A bunch of us sat down together from all different time zones and tweeted to each other as we watched the video of the senior men's free skate from Sunday, newly released by Ice Network yesterday with Johnny's commentary. Which of course was the point.

And as I'm listening to him, I'm thinking, "Scott. Sandra. Could you do your commentary on NBC a little... better?" 

Seriously, if/when Johnny retires from competition, he could have a real future in broadcasting. He's wonderfully articulate in transmitting his knowledge of figure skating; understands the CoP inside and out AND can explain it within the context of each skater without our eyes glazing over; and is respectful of but honest about all the competitors. From noting frankly that "figure skating has become a points game" to offering a sympathetic "one mistake and your mental strength goes" in response to Jason Brown's struggles to observing that another's program seemed "disjointed" and like he was "skating on top of the music rather than in it" to his assessment of Jeremy Abbott's extraordinary free skate as "utilizing every note of the music" and "absolutely sublime," he commentated in a way that made figure skating accessible to the rest of us. (Which is also what he does with his skating, IMO.)

I think the whole thing was best summed up by my dear friend Deb, who tweeted:


So that was a blast, and we commentated on Johnny's commentary so much that I actually exceeded my tweet limit (WTF Twitter. Do you want me to use your service or not?) and had to slink away and sit silently in a corner of the Internet for like an hour, so I didn't really get to say thank you to everybody at the party when it was over. So thanks for inviting me!! It was the most fun I've ever had watching televised figure skating, and I really, really wish he was going to commentate on Four Continents and Worlds because yes, I would totally pay the additional $5.95 just to listen to him and learn some more stuff about the sport he loves so much.

So to wrap things up, here's the last brief bit of picspam from his time at Nationals, plus a special moment from the free skate broadcast just for Johnny--and for all those who can't wait to see him on the ice again. :)

More autographs. Photo tweeted by @snoripi.
At one point over the weekend, 
I recall seeing someone tweet with some irritation 
that they couldn't even get near the refreshment stand
because of the mob surrounding Johnny Weir...

Johnny Weir. Photo © Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Johnny commentating on Sunday 
during the men's free skate. 
I THINK that's the NBC team at the far left. 
Photo courtesy of Beth (@BSonTwit).

Johnny Weir. Photo © Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Another look. Photo courtesy of Beth.

And a little closer look. 
Photo tweeted by @snoripi.

One more. Photo tweeted by @snoripi.

Johnny Weir. Photo © Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Yes, we had Banner Ninjas! 
Beth and KarenB designed and produced this banner 
with the help of Mimi Dzyacky (beloved creator 
of the famous Johnny silhouette
the ITNY Gala ad, and many other projects). 
Beth says, "I had to really talk to a lot of people 
to convince them to let me put up a banner!" 
Thanks to her determination, she and KarenB were able 
to hang the banner high above the kiss and cry, 
where it remained throughout the event.
Photo courtesy of Beth.

Here it is! Photo tweeted by @snoripi.

And during the men's free skate, the banner 
caught the attention of the Ice Network camerman, 
who gave us this wonderful moment: 
The banner is shown on the arena's Jumbotron, 
and the crowd goes wild!!
Please listen all the way to the end... 
That voice you hear yelling, "We love you, Johnny!" 
at the last moment? That's Beth. :) 
And I'm pretty sure she speaks for all of us.

Johnny Weir. Photo © Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Bonus pic!! From the Ice Desk: Johnny chats 
with ladies champion Ashley Wagner 
while they wait for Peter Carruthers. 
See the video here. Photo courtesy of Beth.

Be sure to tune in this Saturday, February 4, 
at 4 pm EST on NBC (check local listings) 
to "Unforgettable Moments of Love on Ice" 
to hear the official announcement 
of the Improv-Ice winner!!

It's not too late! Subscribe now 
and get the entire Johnny Weir perspective, 
including his never-before-heard free skate commentary 
available exclusively on!

Why yes he is!! 
Read his comeback statement 
on his website!

New!! Johnny is an Honorary Chairperson 
for the Imperial Court of New York's biggest annual fundraiser, 
This year's beneficiaries are PFLAG-NYC and 
New Alternatives, a group that helps homeless LGBT youth. 
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 31, 

Nominate Johnny Weir for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!

Hey, Johnny's been nominated for a Shorty Award!! You can join in on the nominating process by clicking here and tweeting your vote for Johnny. Most fans are voting for him in the "Athlete" category. 

Note: The Shorty Awards have very specific rules, which essentially boil down to this:

(1) You can only nominate him ONCE from each Twitter account that you have. Additional votes from the same account will NOT be counted. So it's one of those deals where we need a LOT of different people to vote, rather than a few people voting a lot.

(2) Your nominating tweet MUST include a reason (for example: "I nominate @JohnnyGWeir for a Shorty Award in #athlete because he inspires his fans to believe in themselves"--thanks @PatinaGlace!).

(3) You must NOT copy someone else's reason in your vote. 

All righty then.

The nominating period ends February 17--please vote vote vote!! For more info, click here.

Q and A! Go read it now!

Johnny's Glitter and Ice collection 
with MAC is selling out fast! 
Don't miss your chance to sparkle--
visit a MAC retailer or order online ASAP! 

Yes! Johnny's dresses are now available
for purchase only on!

At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!

Johnny tweeted:
"Buy my single,'Dirty Love' via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!"

You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny's website,
or just click the "Buy" button on the player
at the top of the blog!

Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny's website!

copyright 2011 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved


germansoulmate said...

I wished I could have taken part in the watch party. Next time for sure.

I also love to listen to Johnny at any chance. And I´m quite proud I do understand him since I don´t have a lot of experience here talking and listening to English speaking people. There are very few English men or respective women coming in here on a daily base. So...I´m practicing by listening to Johnny.

Anyway...thanks for your blog of today. Much needed to cheer me up.

Debora Walsh said...

♥♥♥"WE LOVE YOU JOHNNY!!!!!"♥♥♥


juncolove said...

Awww it always warms my heart to see Johnny surrounded by fans with love and support! My thank and love to all the Johnny fans there!
Thank you so much for your commentary on Johnny's commentary, I couldn't watch but I'm so happy for Johnny that he did an amazing job again!
I love this photo!!

Thank you everyone for making and hanging the beautiful banner!!! Kudos to you all!!!
Also thank you for the video! I got sooo excited to know Johnny saw it!
Kudos to the Ice Network cameraman!!
I love love love the crowd going wild for it!
And Beth thank you for screaming for all of us~ I sooooo wanna scream that too!!
We love you Johnny~!!!

Thank you so much for this blog, the vids and pics!!

aaaack said...

Johnny gives enlightening commentary and has a great eye for detail. Hope to year more of his broadcasts in the future.

Good luck, Ashley, on Worlds!

Atomic Wife said...

What Deborah said! As a skating fan, Johnny really is a great commentator (no surprise there). He puts those NBC hacks to shame.

I would REALLY like to know how Beth talked her way into hanging that banner!! (Seriously!) Brilliant move!

It was a great weekend for a figure skating/Johnny Weir fan. Thank you MM for making it even better by blogging all weekend and keeping us even more in the loop about everything.


Princess Johnny-Love ♥ said...

yay! love love that banner!

like his new stripe - looks great!

and Johnny as commentator = AWESOME!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥