Friday, November 30, 2012

"Believe in Yourself"

Johnny at his first Rostelecom / Cup of Russia practice 
on November 8—before the short program, 
before his injury, before he had to make 
the excruciating decision to withdraw 
from both his Grand Prix events. 
Exclusive from the gorgeous 
new series © Elena Vasileva.



To close out the week, we have the first set in a huge series of practice picspam from the lovely and generous Elena Vasileva. I was going to edit these down to just one set of highlights from the entire series, but as I was clicking through all 190+ shots, I was so drawn into them that it felt as though I were there, following his every movement on the ice, spellbound, as always.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Johnny Is an Outstanding Role Model"

Johnny, late in the day,  
hours after the Russian fan meeting: 
Still all smiles for his fans 
waiting for him in the hotel lobby. 
Exclusive photo © Nadya Vasilyeva
More from this series coming up!



Today we present the last in the series of exclusive Russian fan meeting pics from the very generous Nadya Vasilyeva so that we can move on to another 90+ amazing random exclusive photos also from Nadya after which we can then make way for a series of nearly 200 exclusive pics from one of Johnny's Cup of Russia practice sessions courtesy of the equally generous Elena Vasileva....

Yes, I am seriously drowning in Russian picspam. Please don't rescue me. I promise to do the same for you.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Post-Tryptophan Photocalypse

Yes, we have yet more amazing fan meeting pics!! 
Please visit Natasha Ponarina's gallery to 
roll around in all her gorgeous photos.



So I had a really lovely Thanksgiving holiday and honestly I was having a hard time rousing myself from my tryptophan-induced lethargy to do anything other than eat more turkey and take more naps, waking at random intervals for pie, until I dragged myself to my computer to check my email (I have no idea why. No one sends me pie via email) and discovered this sparkly tidbit amongst my Google news alerts:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pre-Thanksgiving Picspampalooza

Banner designed by the Russian fan group, 
"Johnny Weir — King on Ice," displayed at 
Cup of Russia and at the fan meeting in Moscow. 
Johnny autographed the banner 
during the meeting. :) 
Photo © Nadya Vasilyeva.



Today we present Part 2 of our Russian Lovefest, i.e. the glorious exclusive picspam we have from the Russian fan meeting that continues to make our blog overfloweth with both happy and thanksgiving.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Mega-Multimedia Wrap-Up of the Week That Was

Johnny in his gorgeous new Phoenix costume 
near the end of his Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia 
free skate practice last Saturday, just moments before 
he made the decision to withdraw from the competition. 
Photo tweeted by the lovely Irina Volkova
As stunningly beautiful as this is, the pain 
and enormous stress he was under at the time 
are evident on his face.



Monday, November 12, 2012

Love in Any Language

Johnny at the fan meeting in Moscow 
on Sunday with flowers from his beloved Russian fans. 
After his difficulties at Cup of Russia, to see him smile 
like this is indescribably wonderful.
Exclusive photo © Tatiana Edrenkina.



So that was... rough.

And not the Cup of Russia that fans were hoping for—or, more importantly, that Johnny was hoping for.

Friday, November 9, 2012

"You Are So Beautiful"

Johnny at the end of his Poker Face short program 
at Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia. 
Screencap from the video of his performance.



UPDATE: 
Johnny has withdrawn 
from Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia 
due to injury.

Cup of Russia: Johnny Returns to the Grand Prix

Johnny this morning
at the men's short program practice 
for Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia. 
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.



Good luck, Johnny!! 
We love you and believe in you! 
GANBATTE!!



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Desire

Success is focusing 
the full power of all you are 
on what you have a burning desire 
to achieve.
 —Wilfred Peterson

Johnny at the men's practice today in Moscow. 
Photo tweeted by Elena Vasileva.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pretty in Pink Political Asylum

Johnny chats with fans after his post-free skate 
press conference at Finlandia Trophy. 
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva
If you need me, I'll just be here all day... 
(after I vote, of course.)



Monday, November 5, 2012

To Russia With Love

Johnny takes a moment to enjoy a bouquet
 from his beloved Russian fans upon his arrival 
at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Saturday. 
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.



He's competing in Cup of Russia in four days!!

I can hardly wrap my mind around it.

Johnny returns to the Grand Prix for the first time since 2009.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Power

Photo tweeted by Victor about 7:15 last night: 
"This is how I caught @JohnnyGWeir 
when the power came back on. 
But I repeat, WE HAVE POWER!" 
A few hours earlier, Johnny had tweeted
"Packing...in the dark...for 15 day trip. Hell!" 
But clearly the ever-resourceful Johnny was not about 
to let a little thing like hell get the better of him...  
#spelunkingforclothes