Did I see this coming? Of course! We all have but still held the tinest of hope, as delusional as it was, that somehow Johnny Weir (below) secretly conquered the quad and was waiting to unveil it at Nationals in January. As the Associated Press reports, Johnny missed the September 1 deadline to register for certain key competitions which was a must if he had any interest in qualifying for the Sochi Winter Olympics. I'm guessing we will see Johnny in Sochi anyway whether as a special correspondent, analyst, rabble rouser, style watcher, fur dealer, etc. so we have not seen the last of Johnny. Read Associated Press story here.
Flashback moment time! My very first interview with Johnny at New York Fashion Week in 2009 and thought running through my mind as he was talking the whole time: "This young man is going to be around a loooong time because he wants it so badly even I can taste it!"
Flashback moment 2! Right after he qualified for his second Olympics in 2010, we spoke at the NYC premiere of his documentary Pop Star On Ice:
Max Aaron, reigning US men's champion, gave up hockey for figure skating and never looks back. [Gazette]
icenetwork now offers figure skating AND speed skating coverage. Next month...will also offer curling and ice fishing! [icenetwork]
Ross Miner skates to Glory in free skate to honor the Boston marathon bombing heroes and survivors. [USA Today]
Just discovered The Skating Lesson, a new skating website/blog by former World junior champion Jenny Kirk and Adult Skater Dave Lease. Interviews with anyone who's important in the skating world -- Scott Hamilton, Frank Carroll, Jeremy Abbott, Sandra Bezic, the list goes on. [Skating Lesson]
Great Britain ice dancing team Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland train for the Olympics with Russian great Evgeny Platov in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. [PhillyBurbs] Flashback moment: A few years ago I interviewed Evgeny at Rockefeller Skating Rink and it was such a thrill. Aah, memories...
Are we all ready for another exciting Olympic year skating season? I know I am -- I can't wait for the return of Evan Lysacek(photo at right) (injury free at last!?), Johnny Weir (willing to be arrested to protest Russia's new law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations"), Evgeni Plushenko (this man will never know the meaning of retire), Yuna Kim (going for her second Olympic gold cuz one just ain't good enough when you're the Queen), Ashley Wagner (going for her first Olympic gold cuz it's about time), Meryl and Charlie, Tessa and Scott, Patrick Chan...(View photo gallery of skaters here.) There are way too many names to mention in my first post of the 2013-2014 season. So more analysis (and gossip, eg Miki Ando had a secret baby? Or a baby in secret? My head's still spinning from how she kept it a secret.) on the skaters and their programs later, but first things first. We need to know the major competitions leading up to the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.
The International Skating Union (ISU) has published the 2013-2014 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series schedule. First up is Skate America where 2010 Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek is scheduled to compete! Evan sat out the last two seasons so all eyes will be on him to see if he is back to Olympic caliber form. He and reigning US champion Max Aaron have taken two of the three slots allotted to the US men so that means one mysterious TBA slot remains to be filled. The US can only send two men to the Olympics so every chance to compete at the international level is coveted.
Below is the complete 2013-2014 Senior Grand Prix schedule: