Friday, November 16, 2012

Mega-Multimedia Wrap-Up of the Week That Was

Johnny in his gorgeous new Phoenix costume 
near the end of his Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia 
free skate practice last Saturday, just moments before 
he made the decision to withdraw from the competition. 
Photo tweeted by the lovely Irina Volkova
As stunningly beautiful as this is, the pain 
and enormous stress he was under at the time 
are evident on his face.




IMPORTANT UPDATE
Just in case anyone wasn't clear on 
how truly awful this past week was, 
please read Johnny's gripping and disturbing account
in his new column for the Falls Church News-Press, 
of the nightmare that ensued when he and his family 
found themselves suddenly stranded in Russia. 

I am still reeling. 

And more overwhelmed than ever 
by the passionate courage of the husbands 
shown in this photo tweeted by Johnny on Tuesday 
even as this unsettling drama was unfolding.





Well. This is one of those weeks where pretty much the only thing I can say about it is, "Yay! I'm glad that's over with!"

And so here's a bunch of random stuff left over from the week that was... not quite what we had envisioned. (Although I think the fan meeting was every kind of wonderful imaginable. So that helped.)

As always, please click any photo twice for larger view.



Phoenix

These photos taken by Irina Volkova at last Saturday's free skate practice offer a few glimpses of Johnny's new Phoenix costume, and of what might have been had his injury not forced him to withdraw from both Cup of Russia and TEB. The strain of this terrible-horrible-no good-very bad week definitely took its toll, as he noted when he tweeted upon his return home that he had eaten "everything in sight"while in Russia—and lost five pounds (eeeeeeek).

Dear Johnny, please take good care of yourself, enjoy every last bit of TLC from your beloved husband and puppy, and know that we love and support you always. And we can't wait to see you perform this breathtaking program in competition again whenever you're ready. #TeamWeirVoronov #WeBelieve








Consulting with Galina...






More consulting...








....aaaand no. It's not going to happen.



For some thoughtful observations about Johnny's experience at Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia, please read Ninni Fancinelli's blog post, "Johnny Weir and Rostelecom Cup 2012 review."



Another glimpse of the rare and beautiful Phoenix:
Johnny's free skate practice from November 8.



Flashback: 
Cup of Russia — Poker Face

Johnny's CoR short program performance, from the gorgeous new gallery posted by Anastasiya Bochkareva.











































New exclusives of Johnny in the mixed zone 
after his short program, thanks to Elena Vasileva!






And we have video!! Johnny's interview 
in the mixed zone, part 1, from Irina Volkova. 
English portion begins at about 6:00.


Mixed zone, part 2 (all in English!). I find his remarks
from about 5:04 to 5:52 to be an astute assessment 
of why figure skating continues to hemorrhage 
both artistry and fans.



Bonus video!! I have no idea what 
the commentator says beyond "Johnny Weir," 
in this clip from the men's free skate broadcast
(I would guess something about his having withdrawn), 
but the point of the clip is to show the various 
Johnny banners hung around the arena. Love it.


Bonus pics!! Another banner: 
Designed by Zoe Cheng, the amazing artist 
who painted the traditional Chinese silk wedding scroll
presented to Johnny in June when he performed in Taiwan. 
Zoe had planned to hang the banner this weekend at TEB. 
Exclusive photo courtesy of Zoe.



And one more from Irina. 



The husbands. 
Photo posted to Facebook 
by Arthur Lookyanov, who writes:
= Model Bodyguard =
Johnny and Victor Weir-Voronov 
at the beginning of Nikolskaya street 
on the background of beautiful towers of the Red Square, 
Kazan Cathedral and State Historical museum. 
We just got out of my car and skies were opened for us 
with bright beams of a sun…. :-)
Photo #014 taken on November 07, 2012
©2012 Arthur Lookyanov / ArtLook Photography

Johnny and Victor's marriage is reportedly the focus of an episode of Russia's popular Channel One show, "сегодня вечером" ("Tonight"). They filmed portions of the episode last week with host Andrei Malakhov, as noted here and here. As I understand it from Russian fans, the husbands' episode is expected to be aired tomorrow, Saturday, November 17. We hope video will be available as soon as possible; it looks like full episodes are uploaded to the show's website (though they are in Russian, of course...!). I applaud the courage of all involved.



Off-topic bonus video: OMG I love Misha Ge 
and his pure, unadulterated joy on the ice! 
So much fun to watch!! In my opinion—an opinion
that deliberately remains at arm's length from the 
dry, humorless husk that is skating technicalities—
this is what's missing from so much of competition: 
the joy a skater finds in his or her gift. 



on Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund website!!
Please go read it now!



NEW!! Announced last Friday: 
Holiday Dreams On Ice 2012!! 
Visit the HDOI website for info and tickets!



Johnny's also blogging regularly 
about his comeback journey for ESPN!! 
His first entry, "A Fresh Start"—personal, honest, 
very Johnny—was posted last Friday and is the source 
of the quote on the Spirit Day photo above. 
Looking forward to reading more from him 
as the season progresses!



Please alert absolutely everyone you've ever met 
to "like" and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.



Yep, I'm still promoting this silly poll
in which you can vote at least once a day. 
Please vote for Johnny!!



Need to see Season 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue
anytime you're watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....



HE REALLY, REALLY IS!! 
Landing quads and kicking ass!
Read his comeback statement 
on his website!



Yes, YOU can be a part of Johnny's comeback!  
Please visit Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund today 
and chip in as little as $1 via PayPal. 
Our small gifts can help make his dream of competing 
in his third Olympic Games come true!
And now you can leave a message 
of support for Johnny, too!



Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as "Best Sportsman"
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka to tell us 
he wants us to! (Note: With his "58.132" rating, 
he is currently in 1st place in both 
Figure Skating AND across all sports!)



Q and A! Go read it now!



Yes! Johnny's dresses are now available
for purchase only on eDressMe.com!



At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!



Johnny tweeted:
"Buy my single,'Dirty Love' via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!"

IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT NEEDS AIR.
You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny's website,
or just click the "Buy" button on the player
at the top of the blog!



Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny's website!


copyright 2012 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

1 comment:

aaaack said...

Thank you for posting. Johnny's LP costume is brilliant and beautiful. Seeing the segment of rehearsal also builds anticipation.

Johnny's face looks very pale and tentative, so I hope that he heals and the pain goes away soon. Those jumps are punishing on the body so injuries are par for the course. We have not seen much of two other rumored returnees of late, either.