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:

Growing up skinny, socially awkward and with a weird craft, I always wanted to be cool. I always wanted to be popular ... I wasn’t prepared however, for the flip-side of popularity. I wasn’t prepared that everything you say will have a 50/50 response, that complete strangers hate you for no reason aside from the fact that you didn’t believe the same things they did. I wasn’t prepared. ...

Every shooting star has a fleeting moment when everyone can see it, before its luminescence is burned up. I now know what it’s like to be loved and hated on an international scale.

My own personal hope is that I continue to grow in a way that helps me understand the mistakes of my life and learn from them, more so than wallow in what might have been or what was.Johnny Weir

Please also see Nicholas Benton’s powerful and thought-provoking national affairs column out this week: “Gay Movement’s Major New Voice.” Nick offers some context/insight into why the self-proclaimed leaders of the US LGBT community have attacked Johnny so viciously for his anti-boycott stance on the Sochi Olympics. A fascinating and eye-opening must-read.

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

In order to potentially qualify for the Olympic team, Johnny had to register by September 1 to compete in events that would lead to qualifying for the national championships, from which the Oly team is named. He also would need to compete in, I believe, at least one international event to get the technical element scores required to be considered for the Oly team (arcane rules about points/scoring in competitive figure skating are not my forte, as many of you know!). 

Earlier this week, US Figure Skating confirmed to the Associated Press that he did NOT register for any competitive events by the September 1 deadline. This has exploded into a zillion media stories spun a zillion different ways, while Johnny himself has not responded to requests for comment. His tweet above says he’ll be making a statement soon. 

While I can readily accept that he might choose to bring his competitive career to a close to move on to brighter horizons, I await his statement in his own words to tell his fans what his plans are.

Johnny in Sun Valley.
Exquisite, even in—and sometimes 
especially in—rehearsal.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for another 
gorgeous full-size image.

Bonus pic! Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“Los Angeles circa 2010. Care of @traverrains 
Love every photo from that fabulous shoot. 
See more on Traver’s website here.

Johnny’s previous column for the Falls Church 
News-Press: a thought-provoking take on the term “LGBT.” 
His columns are published every Thursday
in the “National Commentary“  section—don’t miss a single one! 

Also on the blog: 
“Sun Valley Sneak Peek: 
‘A Rare Human So Breathtaking....’ ”
Johnny debuts his Schindler’s List program 
in this stunning simple white costume. 
Exclusive pics and HD video.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Photo essay of 40+ starkly beautiful 
black-and-white pics featuring Johnny at rehearsal 
as young skaters watch, spellbound.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Quiet photo essay of exclusive black-and-white pics 
paired with Johnny’s quotes from his 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

A number of Johnny’s auction items have been relisted
which means if you missed out the first time around, 
you’re in luck: It’s not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures you could take home!

Patti has posted a message 
on Johnny’s Comeback Gift Fund website, 
with her thoughts on 2013 Nationals 
and what lies ahead for next season. 
Please go read it now!

Please alert absolutely everyone you’ve ever met 
to “like” and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.

HE REALLY, REALLY IS!!  Landing quads and kicking ass! Read his comeback statement  and the update on his website!

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as “Best Sportsman”
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka  to tell us he wants us to! 

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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 2013 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved


Nancy Knisley said...

I would not dare to opine on what Johnny Weir should or shouldn't do with his life and career. As a fan, I am not in a position that would give me that privilege. Nor am I remotely qualified to tell Johnny how to live his life. I have enough of a challenge trying to live my own life with some semblance of success (however that is defined).

But it is disconcerting when such major news comes via AP and not Johnny or someone speaking on his behalf.

I'm looking forward to hearing about his future plans, inside or outside of skating. I just hope those plans including continuing to say quotable things.

aaaack said...

Whatever happens or does not happen, I'll still be a fan of both Johnny Weir and his skating. His artistry and self-expression will endure long after the other skaters have lost their ability to turn quads.

I think the American Medical Association should disapprove of quads, just as they disapprove of boxing for its connection to head injuries.