figure skating

Hot child in the city: 25 again, Japan trip, and constant jet-setting

Hot child in the city: 25 again, Japan trip, and constant jet-setting

Maybe just one cupcake. A girl’s gotta watch her figure! Photo by Moises De Pena/WireImage.

Johnny’s back! Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@SUNfiltered) for all the latest Johnny news and updates.

Damn, it’s hot. I can’t get over the heat of the summer; maybe it’s global warming, but, in my twisted little mind, summer is when people’s inner sexiness starts to reappear, and that’s why it gets hot. The shirtless-ness, the bikinis, the sky-high stilettos of the drag queens…it’s amazing.

My summer has been insane. The season finale of BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR was a huge hit, thank you for watching. The episode left a lot of people guessing about what’s next for me, and I suppose all I can say is wait and see, that’s what I’ll be doing too.

Johnny Weir looks back at the Olympics: Fortius Altius Maximus

Johnny Weir looks back at the Olympics: Fortius Altius Maximus

Me with my coaches Galina Zmievskaya and Viktor Petrenko. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images.

In the season finale of BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR, my fans and fans of my show will travel with me to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. There is a lot of detail shown in the finale, but I thought I’d dish a little dirt about the Olympics, and this has nothing to do with the fact that condoms were officially supplied in the Olympic Village.

Read Johnny’s personal and moving account of the joy and heartbreak he experienced in Vancouver.

FULL FRONTAL FASHION highlights

FULL FRONTAL FASHION highlights

Russian ice dancers (L) Oksana Domnina and (R) Maxim Shabalin You know those flesh-colored unitards worn by Russian ice dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin in the original dance competition at the Olympics on Sunday night? Wrong or right? Read here. New York Fashion Week may be over but what’s it mean for you? One…

Johnny's Olympic Performance: Who do you think should have won?

Johnny's Olympic Performance: Who do you think should have won?

Johnny ends his performance in the men’s 2010 Winter Olympics figure skating free program. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images.

Did the judges get it right? Did the best man win? Take our poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comment field below.

Make it or break it: Can Johnny pull out all the stops?

Make it or break it: Can Johnny pull out all the stops?

Johnny rocks the tassle in the men’s figure skating short program on day 5 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at the Pacific Coliseum on February 16, 2010. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images.

Scoring 82.10 for his short program (view here), Johnny is current in 6th place. Tonight, he skates second to last…right before Russian rockstar and defending gold Olympic medalist Evgeni Plushenko.

Despite having skated a clean short program, Johnny knows he’s not the favorite, at least not by commentators and judges. Even NBC’s coverage of the games couldn’t make that more clear; they produced two interstitial pieces featuring Evan Lysacek and Jeremy Abbott…but there wasn’t one featuring Johnny. With the top three competitors (Plushenko in first, Lysacek in second, and Daisuke Takahashi of Japan in third) only several tenths of a point away from each other, his nearly nine point difference from Plushenko’s 90.85 seems impossible to beat.

Weir Roundup: Olympic Fever!

Weir Roundup: Olympic Fever!

Johnny gets competitive. Image courtesy of NBC.

With Johnny performing his short program tomorrow and his free skate on Wednesday, Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic discuss the strength of the U.S. men’s figure skaters. It’s a loaded competition field for the men, where about nine skaters are believed to be contenders for the three top slots. Johnny is slated to perform in the 5th group, the 25th slot in 30. Don’t miss his performance; check out local listings here.

Reigning Olympic champion and this year’s favorite to win Evgeni Plushenko of Russia raises questions of bias in figure skating judging.

Also, with Plushenko’s return from retirement (he left the sport after this gold win in Torino, was out of the sport for three years, then came back this season just to compete in the Olympics once again), other male figure skaters ask themselves: to quad or not to quad? While landing a quad can mean big points, not landing it can bring a bigger penalty than it’s worth. Execution of the quad jump embodies not only high risk, but how the sport’s new judging system, according to some critics, has favored technicality over artistry and expression.

Check out video of Johnny practicing the quad, his interview with both Wall Street Journal and HBO Real Sports, after the jump.

Weir Roundup: Career Highlights

Weir Roundup: Career Highlights


Fresh from his latest win, a bronze metal 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 metal at the 2001 World Junior Championships.

Currently ranked 13th in the world, his career 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 for Johnny! To tide you over until the games, here area few videos showcasing competition highlights from Johnny’s career…

From his first win at US Nationals to his first win at the World Championships, don’t miss these career-making moments, after the jump.

Weir Roundup: Johnny does Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood

Weir Roundup: Johnny does Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood

Johnny Weir poses for a portrait during the NBC/USOC Promotional Photo Shoot on May 12, 2009 at Smashbox Studios

With the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver just a week away, SUNfiltered will bring you a “Weir Roundup” whenever possible that will not only feature the latest news on Johnny, but also interesting video clips. In this edition, we’ll be showcasing Johnny’s vocal talents and a recently made-available video of Johnny’s routine to Jordin Sparks’ live performance of “Battlefield.” In the upcoming days, we’ll be highlighting other notable exhibition routines, as well career-making performances like “The Swan.”

– Johnny and acclaimed photographer and music video director Matthew Rolston come together in a promo shoot for BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR. Check out the final product and behind-the-scenes footage on Full Frontal Fashion.

– “Skater Johnny Weir’s New Resolve” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

– Ryan McGinely showcases a photo portfolio entitled “The Highfliers” featuring Shaun White, Johnny Weir, Emily Cook, and more in the latest edition of NY Times Magazine. All the athletes featured are wearing custom Rodarte knitwear which can bee seen here.

Don’t miss Johnny singing, after the jump.

Johnny Weir goes GaGa

Johnny Weir goes GaGa

Johnny Weir goes GaGa in a brilliant asymmetrical costume using broken glass.

After winning third place at U.S. Nationals for men’s figure skating, Johnny returned to Spokane, WA this weekend to performance an exhibition skate to Lady GaGa’s “Pokerface.” This isn’t the first time he’s gone GaGa; he started skating this exhibition routine in early 2009 and it became an instant crowd pleaser!

View his entire routine after the jump.

Go Johnny, GO!  Weir secures a spot on Olympic team

Go Johnny, GO! Weir secures a spot on Olympic team

Ladies and gentlemen, the US Olympic team for men’s figure skating: (L to R) Jeremy Abbott, Johnny Weir, and Evan Lysacek. After skating a solid short program and having a few slip ups during his free skate program, Johnny Weir finished an overall third place in the U.S. Nationals for men’s figure skating and secured…