UPDATE: Johnny will be in attendance at the 7:10 and 9:15 p.m. screening of Pop Star On Ice on Friday, January 22 at the IFC Center.
So what does Johnny Weir, the 2010 U.S. bronze medalist, do after his win? Hop on a plane of course the next day to open the theatrical release of his movie Pop Star On Ice and attend a Lady Gaga concert! After the men's free skate on Sunday, Johnny left Spokane, Washington on Monday and was at the IFC Center in downtown Manhattan yesterday evening to promote the film. The IFC Center is having a limited run of PSOI and there are showings three times a day every day until Tuesday, January 26. In the interview above, Johnny talks about his fourth Nationals experience and preparations for his second Winter Olympics. At the 2006 Games, he placed fifth overall but was second after the short program so what a disappointment that must have been for him. He also answers the various critics out there who love to debate his role in the sport of figure skating. (Photo at right, Johnny attends IFC Center's showing of Pop Star On Ice)
Directors David Barba and James Pellerito also attended, and with Johnny introduced the film and took questions from the audience. They were interesting questions, like, is it different skating last because four or five other skaters have gone before you so the ice has huge ruts, is not as smooth, and does that affect your performance? Answer: No he skates the same. Another good one - How does he get focused before a competition? Answer: Basically he needs alone time in the hotel room. Sometimes he turns on Real Housewives of Atlanta while doing his hair to get his mind off of the competition. He explained that since that show is the furthest removed from his life, he can escape for a few minutes. After the intro, Johnny then rushed off to see Lady Gaga in concert at Radio City Music Hall. He's then flying back to Spokane on Saturday for the exhibition which is on Sunday. Whew! Did anyone tell him it's 27 days until the men's short program at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics?
Interestingly, during my chat with David and James, who were also in Spokane filming for the reality series Be Good Johnny Weir, I found out that they got to hang around with the other U.S. men a fair amount and were particularly impressed with Jeremy Abbott and Adam Rippon. Hm...Another reality series in the works? (Click here and here to read reviews of Be Good Johnny Weir, which premiered on Sundance Channel on Monday, January 18. New episodes start every Monday night at 10:30 p.m. ET.)