Monday, December 23, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Without Words

The world is not respectable;
it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever;
but it is shot through with beauty, with love,
with glints of courage and laughter;
and in these, the spirit blooms ...
and struggles to the light
amid the thorns.
—George Santayana


Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click for breathtaking full-size image.



I have learned that fighting inside oneself 
and bullying others to adhere to group-think
are the single easiest ways to alienate people
and lead them to quit. 
I refuse to quit, now or ever. 
I will fight for change in my way and will
support those who fight in their way.

From his latest column for the Falls Church News-Press, 
in which he eloquently answers his critics 
with clear-eyed self-awareness, honesty, and heart. 
And far more grace than most could manage.
Please, please read and share.



UPDATE!! Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“Bye Calgary! @ Hotel Le Germain”
More Canada trip photos/videos below!



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"I Would Be So Happy and Excited to Meet Johnny Weir"

Johnny at the beginning of his Poker Face performance 
last night at the Bryant Park tree lighting in NYC! 
Photo © Jill Sakowitz
Pics and vids below!!
(For lots of gorgeous closeups of this stunning costume 
in action, please revisit this post from 
the costume’s debut in China last summer.)



Reminder: Johnny returns to NBC 
this Sunday, December 8
to provide commentary on the Grand Prix Final! 
ICYMI: His Rostelecom ladies’ commentary is here
Men’s commentary here!



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Some Happy for Thanksgiving

Wayback Wednesday picspam: 
Johnny preparing to greet fans in Sun Valley 
this past summer after his stellar performances 
of “Schindler’s List” and “Army of Me.” 
As always, he was kind, patient, funny, and made 
each fan feel as if he had come all the way 
to Sun Valley just to see them.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Lots more pics below!



UPDATE!! East Coast fans: 
Johnny is performing at the Bryant Park
NYC tree lighting Tuesday, December 3! 
Details here!



Reminder: No GP skating this weekend, 
but Johnny returns to NBC next Sunday, December 8
to provide commentary on the Grand Prix Final! 
ICYMI: His Rostelecom ladies’ commentary is here
UPDATE: Men’s commentary here!



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"A Little Sparkle Never Hurts!"

Johnny in his very sparkly spot
for Dora the Explorer’s “Ice Skating Spectacular,” 
which airs this coming Monday, November 25, 
at 7 pm EST / 6 pm EST on Nickelodeon. 
He looks amazing, even beyond the gorgeous costume!



UPDATE! Gif tweeted by Johnny: 
“Had such fun with @bethenny today! 
See our interview Thursday! Check your local listings! 
#movingforward” 
Bonus pic below!



So this is another one-hit wonder blog because Nickelodeon posted their video late last night promoting Johnny’s upcoming guest-star appearance on Dora and it was immediately obvious that we would need a ridiculous amount of screencaps squeezed from the barely 60 seconds of video provided to get us through until this thing actually airs and OMG it’s so cute that no one could even deal with it last night. Also it pleases me no end to see people tweeting about it with the hashtag #familyfriendly. We have long memories here in the Land of the Ice King.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Random Funday Roundup

Beautiful Johnny and his ever-present 
necklace of charms. 
For super-size photo and a closer look 
at the charms, please click here
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



UPDATE! Yes, we have video of Johnny’s
commentary on Trophée Eric Bompard!
Men’s event here.
UPDATE: Women’s event here.
(We also have another update: a fab video 
from Johnny’s Instagram below.)


Reminder: Johnny is commentating 
on all the Grand Prix events!! 
Tune in to NBC’s coverage of Grand Prix Russia
this Sunday, November 24
at 2 pm EST / 1 pm CST.


UPDATE! Photo tweeted by Johnny 
late Saturday night: 
“Night shift with @taralipinski. 
Céline Bags akimbo for GP France
on NBC, Sunday at 4:30 EST.”



So in a fascinating new column for the Falls Church News-Press this week, Johnny revealed some of his spiritual beliefs in “Johnny’s World: I Talk to Spoons, Part 1”:

Monday, November 11, 2013

"...That Boy With Wings on His Heart"

Johnny, Fallen Angel, Vancouver 2010.
“The most beautiful performance I have ever seen. 
Inspired a young theater group in Brazil...” 
Read this poignantly uplifting story below.
Now UPDATED with a postscript!



Yes, we have video of Johnny’s 
TWO-HOUR commentary on NHK Trophy!
Men’s event here
UPDATE: Women’s event here.
And random rave reviews from Twitter below.


Reminder: Johnny is commentating 
on all the Grand Prix events! 
Tune in to NBC’s coverage of Trophée Eric Bompard
this Sunday, November 17
at a new time: 4:30 pm EST.



One of the major perks of blogging incessantly about Johnny is encountering some of the most amazing people from all over the world whose lives have been touched by him in heartbreakingly beautiful ways, often completely unbeknownst to him.

Val Oliveira, a volunteer drama teacher from São Paulo, Brazil, is one of those people.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wayback Wednesday Via Weibo

Johnny performs Born This Way during the 
Artistry on Ice tour earlier this year. #sparklecrotch 
This trip down memory lane brought to you by 
an awesome new interview excerpted below.



Johnny Is Commenting On 
All The Things


Reminder: Johnny is doing commentary
for EVERY Grand Prix event! 
this Sunday, November 10... 


...for 2X your usual weekly dose of Johnny! 
(Still below the RDA of 100,000,000X, 
but we’ll take what we can get.)
Thank you, NBC Sports!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Sparkliest Four Minutes of Your Day

Johnny on the Fourth Hour of Today this morning 
with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, in which 
he assisted with an Olympics trivia quiz. 
Best way to start a Wednesday ever.

UPDATE: Even more new pics via Getty below!



UPDATE: Yes, we have video 
of Johnny’s commentary on Cup of China!


Reminder: Johnny is commentating 
on all the Grand Prix events! 
Tune in to NBC’s coverage of NHK Trophy 
this Sunday, November 10
sure to be anything but boring...


Yesssss!! 
Thank you, NBC Sports!



Monday, October 28, 2013

Tribute: "My Beautiful Ice Angel"

Johnny performs Fallen Angel 
at the Vancouver Olympics, February 2010.



UPDATE: Johnny will be appearing 
on the Fourth Hour of the Today Show 
with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb 
on Wednesday, October 30, 10 am EST! 
Don’t miss it!



Friday, October 25, 2013

"All of Him Is My Treasure"

End of an era: 
Johnny’s at the close of his exquisite 
Schindler’s List program, 
in his last public exhibition performance 
as a competitive skater. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.



Success in any endeavor
depends on the degree
to which it is an expression
of your true self.

— Ralph Marston


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"Thank You for the Memories"

Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“Memories to fill 1,000 lifetimes. 
Thank you.



In an appearance on NBC’s Today this morning, Johnny announced his retirement from competitive figure skating and was welcomed to the NBC Sports broadcasting team as a figure skating analyst. His on-air duties begin this Sunday, October 27, with NBC’s coverage of Skate Canada.

He has also issued his retirement statement via his weekly column for the Falls Church News-Press:

It is surreal writing about my career as if it had happened to someone else and to actually write the words: I am retiring from competitive figure skating. ... While I am not old, part of being a champion is knowing when your time is up.

Please read his complete statement here.

For full coverage, please visit Johnny’s official website. More on this new chapter coming soon!


Johnny on Today 
in NYC this morning. 
Watch the video here or here.







Congratulations, Johnny, 
on 17 years of medals 
and unparalleled beauty 
on competitive ice, 
and on your new gig with NBC!! 
Love you always.  
— Binky

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Spirit Day: "Paint the World Purple"

Throwback Thursday: Johnny bathed in purple spotlight, 
December 2011. Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.




BREAKING: 
Johnny will be on the Today Show 
Wednesday, October 23with important news.
Set those DVRs now!





NOTE: Post now UPDATED below with downloadable podcast and transcript of Johnny's BBC interview!



We are each an army of one.
March forward with your army,
never let go of your future
and never listen to idiots 
who tell you “no.”
Johnny Weir
Spirit Day 2010


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Practice Is Perfect

A determined Johnny battles a monster cold, 
high altitude, and smoke-tinged air to rehearse 
on the sun-drenched ice in Sun Valley, Idaho. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly. 
Please click for full-size image.



Friday, October 4, 2013

Dear Johnny...


...we miss you!

Thank you for your amazing gift of skating,
your courage, your brilliant sense of humor,
and for all the extraordinary beauty you bring to this world.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Something Beautiful Today

Johnny hits the ice for his rehearsal in Sun Valley. 
This is about the happiest he looked the entire time, 
until he came to greet his waiting fans. The rest of 
his rehearsal was a quiet and intense tug-o-war 
between him and illness, fatigue, altitude, and smoky air.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click for beautiful full-size image.



UPDATE: Excerpt from Johnny’s
latest column, “Johnny’s World: Make-Up,”
for the Falls Church News-Press:

As I became more followed and well known, I learned that when you have bad or sad news to break you have to do it thoughtfully, and with process. You have to omit or lie to conceal the truth to the people who don’t know you personally, yet know you quite intimately, just until you’re ready, and while that may seem understandable, it’s still a lie that you must live with on a daily basis until the news can splash forth from your swollen eyes and puffy, reddened face. ...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

While We Wait...

Johnny in Sun Valley, Idaho,
preparing for his debut performance 
of Schindler’s List while battling 
a monster cold, high altitude, and smoky air. 
I can’t even imagine how he gave such a 
beautiful performance that night—except that 
that’s just the kind of world-renowned champion he is.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for amazing full-size image.
It’s like you’re standing right there. ♥



Re: recent reports in the press:




Here is Johnny in his own words today, in his latest column for the Falls-Church News-Press. While we still await a direct statement from him regarding his future, he addresses the issue here obliquely, through the prism of NYFW and with brutally self-aware honesty—as always. Please read

Some brief excerpts:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

With Your Celebrity Host, Johnny Weir

Johnny at G Lounge’s Sweet 16 birthday 
party in Chelsea last night, at which a 5,000-square-foot 
mural by artist David Paul Kay was unveiled. 
Photo posted to Instagram by G Lounge: 
“Strike a pose Johnny Weir! Celebrating G Lounge’s 
Sweet 16 and the unveiling of @davidpaulkay’s 
‘The Destination.’ Thanks to @andrewwerner 
for the photography!”



UPDATE: 
Re: recent reports in the press:




To all who have asked me re: news reports about Johnny being out of consideration for the Sochi Winter Games: 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Walk Walk Fashion Baby

Johnny walks the runway for 
Tumbler and Tipsy on the last day of NYFW. 
Totally different look for him, and he seemed to have 
fun with it, tweeting: “Thank you @tumblerandtipsy 
and @MichaelKuluva for a brilliant day. 
So happy to walk for you. Large smooch.”






REMINDER!! NYC-area fans: 
Monday, September 16, 
is G Lounge’s Sweet 16 party, 
with your favorite celebrity host, Johnny!
Open to the public—details here
Don’t miss it!



Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Sudden Craving for Marshmallows...

Johnny at The Blonds NYFW show
 last night. He described his look as “inspired by 
getting punched by a marshmallow.”



So the Fashion Week photogasm continues with Johnny’s appearance at The Blonds, plus he’ll be walking today at 2 pm EDT in the Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva show, presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. He previously walked for Tumbler and Tipsy earlier this year and was awesome.

First, though, we have less pleasant matters to which we must attend, namely the considerable ugliness happening among gay media outlets, which have delighted in deliberately misrepresenting pretty much everything about Johnny’s eloquent interview with Keith Olbermann this week:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

From Skorts to Soviet Uniforms, "He Is an Awesome Man"

Johnny at the alice + olivia presentation 
during NYFW last night. He tweeted that he’d be wearing 
a “skort”; the Fug Girls briefly described his shorts-in-front-
pleated-skirt-in-back look as “a bum cape,” 
but promise a more lengthy discussion to come. 
Of course the real story was his spectacularly gigantic 
arm cuff.... (see below). Photo via Getty.

Also below: His outstanding interview 
with Keith Olbermann re: the Sochi Olympics.



NYFW UPDATE!! 
Johnny will be attending The Blonds NYFW 
presentation on Wednesday, September 11, 
at 9 pm EDT (livestream here). 
And he’ll be walking in Tumbler and Tipsy 
by Michael Kuluva, presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation
on Thursday, September 12, at 2 pm 
(BTW here’s Johnny walking for Tumbler and Tipsy 
earlier this year).
Can’t wait!



Friday, September 6, 2013

Sun Valley Sneak Peek: "A Rare Human So Breathtaking..."

After a long day of fighting a monster cold, high altitude, 
and air infused with leftover forest-fire smoke— 
through rehearsals and two spectacular performances 
that required oxygen in between—Johnny is, as always, 
nothing but warm and gracious to every. single. fan. 
at the Sun Valley post-show meet-n-greet.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

More exclusive pics below, 
including his gorgeous Schindler’s List debut!



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Advantage: Weir

And now for something completely different: 
Johnny at the Opening Night Gala 
for the US Open Tennis Tournament in NYC. 
Photo via Getty.



UPDATE: New Johnny media from 
his appearance at the US Open! 
And NEW PICS below!

Go Fug Yourself: Weirly Played, Johnny Weir. “Booty shorts, a demi-skirt, a leather vest, wings, and a gilded goblet of champagne: He’s like the biker angel of Kotex.”

People Mag’s photo gallery: Love It! What Happens When Tennis Takes New York. “Johnny Weir: Dressed to a T.”

People Pets: Johnny Weir: My Husband Is Jealous of My Dog. “[Tyoma] does a Chin spin ... It’s kind of perfect for me as an ice skater to have a spinning dog.”

And the follow-up from Victor:




Friday, August 23, 2013

Propaganda

Johnny in one of his traditional warmup jackets 
emblazoned with the word “Russia.” 
As a well-known openly gay man whose marriage 
to Victor was front-page news in Russia, 
he is, in the eyes of Russian law, 
literally “homosexual propaganda.” 

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for beautiful full-size image.
Full series below.



Friday, August 9, 2013

"We Are Our Own Greatest Weapons"

The power of the human spirit 
will prevail against all odds.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly. 
The final set in this series is posted below.



UPDATE: New video from CBS News:
An excellent interview, with bonus skating footage 
from the Ice House and interviews with 
his skating partners there. Johnny's powerful quote: 
“If it takes me getting arrested 
for people to pay attention, and for people to lobby 
against this law, then I’m willing to take it.” 
CBS video link.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Skaterpalooza II: Birthday Boogaloo

Irrepressible Johnny at rehearsal—
just exactly perfect for today.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



UPDATE: More media appearances by Johnny regarding the ongoing anti-LGBT crisis in Russia, which he termed a “tragedy” in his ABC News interview:

*Article and audio on BBC News

*Article and brief audio message to his Russian fans on Svoboda (article is in Russian)

Джонни Вейр обращается к российским поклонникам



Johnny says: “All my fans, I’m always with you. I wish you a lot of strength now, a lot of success and love. Tomorrow will be better than today.” Thank you to Tatiana Edrenkina for the translation!



Friday, August 2, 2013

"Should Anything Happen to Me..."

Johnny during his last visit to Russia, in November 2012. 
Read about his harrowing experience during that trip 
in the column he wrote when he finally got home—
a story he was forbidden to tell, but which he did anyway, 
with the same fierce courage that now fuels him 
to challenge Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws 
by standing with the LGBT community in Russia 
and by refusing to censor who he is. In explaining 
his opposition to an Olympic boycott, 
Johnny told WNYC radio Thursday that the athletes’ 
“presence at the Olympic Games in Sochi 
will be far more influential than our absence.” 

Photo © the wonderful Arthur Lookyanov.



UPDATE: Johnny appeared on CNN Saturday morning along with out New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup to address the anti-gay crisis in Russia. Both athletes do NOT favor a boycott of the Sochi Olympics, saying that their presence makes a far greater statement of solidarity with the Russian LGBT community than would their absence. 

CNN video link.



Monday, July 22, 2013

"I Am Myself, Never Flinching"

“I will fight for my right to go to Russia. 
I will fight to perform there. I will fight to show 
the government how strong my community is. 
I will proudly go to Russia ... and hold my head high. 
Should I get arrested, I will be arrested with the pride 
that I am myself, never flinching, and I will be strong 
for the oppressed community of beautiful people 
who I can call brothers.” 

From Johnny’s powerful must-read for 
the Falls Church News-Press, in which he responds 
to all who have asked him about his love for Russia 
in the face of its government’s anti-LGBT crackdown. 

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for full-size image.



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"The Whole Magical Experience"

Johnny shopping at one of his fav stores 
in Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho, on Saturday. 
He performed Saturday night at Sun Valley on Ice 
for quite a VIP crowd. Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“I love vintage shopping at Déjà Vu in Ketchum! 
Chanel sailor pants? Bonjour! @ Déjà Vu.” 
See more of Johnny at the Déjà Vu boutique 
in previous years here.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Congratulations, Johnny: Hall of Fame Honoree!

Beautiful Johnny: 
athlete, artist, trailblazer, 
and now Hall of Famer. 
Photo © Elena Vasileva
who tweeted it with this caption: 
“He is the light.”



IMPORTANT REMINDER: 
Johnny is performing THIS SATURDAY, 
July 13, at the Ice Show in beautiful Sun Valley, ID! 
There may still be a few tickets available via the Sun Valley
website, or by calling 866-616-8224. Too late to plan? 
He’s skating in Sun Valley again on Saturday, August 31—
get those tickets now!