Weir Roundup: Career Highlights
Fresh from his latest win, a bronze medal win at 2010 Nationals, Johnny discusses preparing for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
By “normal” standards, Johnny’s foray into figure skating at age 12 is considered to be late. His first venture onto the ice occurred one harsh winter when the corn field behind his house froze over. Johnny was thrilled to receive a second-hand pair of skates for Christmas, and to his parents’ amusement, he used them to skate in between the frozen corn stalks! Considered to be a natural talent, he moved up to the novice division quickly and, at age 16 (only 4 years from his humble beginnings in Pennsylvania), he won the gold medal at the 2001 World Junior Championships.
Currently ranked 13th in the world, Johnny has come a long way since then and, with the 2010 Winter Olympic Games just days away, who knows what good things are in store! To tide you over until the games, here are a few videos showcasing competition highlights from Johnny’s career…
2001: A 16-year-old Johnny wins a gold medal at the World Junior Championships, beating out Evan Lysacek (who would become his skating rival).
2004: Johnny wins gold at the US Nationals. Not only does he score a perfect 6.0, this win begins his three-year reign as the US National Champion.
2005: Johnny wins another gold at US Nationals.
2006: After winning gold for the third time at Nationals, Johnny heads to his first Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. While he finished an overall 5th in the games, this short program known as “The Swan” is pure Johnny and a great example of his lyrical style that he’s become known for.
2008: Johnny ties with Evan Lysacek at US Nationals, a technicality ends up giving him the silver medal and Evan gets gold. Johnny received a higher score on his short program and Evan received a higher score on his long program; in the event of a tie, the medal goes to the person who scores higher on his long program. Many fans consider that Johnny was robbed of what should have been his 4th gold medal at Nationals. Back in the old judging system, if there was a tie, the artistry mark would break that tie. See both his short and long programs from that competition below.
2010: Johnny wins the bronze medal at Nationals, qualifying him to compete in the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. See both his short and long programs from that competition below.
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