In figure skating, it is often said that your placement or World Ranking is how you deserved to finish the year before. That means, every skater needs to demonstrate consistency to the judges. There is year you arrive as an up-and-comer and hit and then the next year you collect your medal haul. Call it paying your dues. Johnny Weir's problem? He couldn't back it up. Johnny was hot in the scene in 2001-2002, but problems with the USFSA, withdrawals from the Grand Prix, off-ice distractions and failure to train made all of us who supported him suffer from the nerves of Masha. We needed a drink and it better have been a double. In 2004-2005, he finally climbed the World rank but a foot injury hindered him at Worlds. The judges still held him up and gave him a top ranking. The door was wide open for Johnny to land on every podium...and then he got media attention.
How Johnny Weir spent the peak years of his career:
His Slutskaya love was beyond difficult to swallow and defend.
Does anyone else remember the white knuckling of Kwan's Hip Injury + Johnny's GP season + Relying on Sasha to be our Gold Medal Hope?! There is always a reason when someone is purely a short program skater at any point in their career...
"My aura was black and I missed the bus."
The Mid-Program Smoke Break
Backing Up The "I hate spinning" comment.
It was total heartbreak. I actually really liked Children of Nazareth. It is such a shame that it was never skated remotely close to his potential. We know from Pop Star On Ice that Nationals was probably the only time he ever actually did a full run through.
That isn't even bringing up his refusal to do three jump combos, Tara Modlin, jetting to Asia right before Nationals, chain smoking, crazed dieting or speaking out against his country's top judge. Lovely lovely skater, but infuriating as hell. A total Sasha Cohen. Those years they took off our lives don't come back.