Johnny Weir (at right) is scheduled to compete at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy, in Espoo, Finland, which runs from October 5-7. This is kind of a tuneup competition for some senior skaters before the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series starts in late October. (It's also a chance for some of the lesser known skaters to get international experience.)
After the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics where he placed sixth overall, Johnny took a two year hiatus from competitive skating and recently announced that he was back for the 2012-2013 season, with the ultimate goal of representing the US at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. And if you haven't already heard by now, 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek also announced his return after taking time off so let the rivalry resume!
I asked Johnny how he was feeling about going back into competition. He said, "The most important thing about competing at Finlandia Trophy is not winning, but simply competing. Coming back to competition after two years away is rather ominous, but I have the experience of competing at the highest level and I'm relying on that experience as well as good summer preparations to keep me as relaxed as possible. Also, I am looking forward to being back on the ice, performing for my fans and showing everyone what I've been working on. It will be very hard, but I know I have a fantastic group of people around the world supporting me. I want to inspire them to try something that may seem crazy and to find the value in pushing yourself beyond your own expectations."
I will be absolutely glued to YouTube -- thank you in advance to whoever will be uploading the performances! Besides Johnny, other top names competing at the Finlandia Trophy include Olympic and World ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir from Canada, Yuzuru Hanyu from Japan, and Mirai Nagasu from the US.