Johnny Weir

Whether witty or wise, controversial or charming, shocking or silly, sweet or sassy, provocative or profound, inspiring or infuriating--or any combination of those--Johnny Weir, the three-time U.S. Champion, two-time Olympian, and World medalist figure skater, almost always says something worth quoting whenever he commentates a skating competition, makes a TV appearance, gives an interview, holds a press conference, writes, tweets, or is caught on video. His quotes needed to be collected and shared; hence this blog.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A fairytale is only a fairytale because there are years of defeats, sadness, grit, falls, blood, sweat and tears that precede them.
--Twitter, March 15, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

I basically just find old mop heads on the floor when I'm traveling and pop them in there!, "Olympic Legend Johnny Weir Reveals the Secret to His Gravity-Defying Hair" by Amber Kallor, March 26, 2018
(on where he finds inspiration for his updos)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Imagine how exhausting life would be if everyone liked you. Whenever I catch some shade or some nasty, I’m kinda glad that it’s one less person I have to pretend to like and I can give my love to someone who appreciates it. Boogawooga.
--Twitter, November 9, 2017

Saturday, March 24, 2018

If you have the time to be envious, then you aren’t working hard enough.
--Twitter, March 24, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I want people to constantly feel uncomfortable in my house....I want them to come over and feel like they can't sit on anything. I'm very Joan Crawford in that way. I don't want you to sit on my furniture. I don't want you to stay for too long., "Johnny Weir Opens Up About His Search for His Dream House" by Erik Gunther, March 21, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Whenever I look at a jacket or a blazer or a pair of pants, I know how many triple axles I fell on to be able to get that., "Johnny Weir Will Do Anything With Tara Lipinski--Except Exercise" by Chelsea Duff, March 12, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

It's awkward moments like this that makes me long for just everyone skating to Swan Lake.
--NBCSN, ladies short program, 2018 Olympics, February 20, 2018
(after Italian skater Giada Russo's "Eyes Wide Shut" short program)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

She usually sells that short program like the rent's due tomorrow, and she hasn't gotten a paycheck yet.
--NBCSN, ladies short program, 2018 Olympics, February 20, 2018
(complimenting Canadian skater Gabrielle Daleman's short program skating)
I felt I was in a dream that wouldn't end. And by dream, I mean nightmare.
--NBCSN, ladies short program, 2018 Olympics, February 20, 2018
(on Hungarian skater Ivett Toth's AD/DC program)
When I was a teenager, my style was very pop princess.
--New York Times video, "Meet Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, Olympic Analysts with Style, February 20, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tara and I unfortunately are afraid to watch [short track speed skating] live. That's a lot of flying blades and sliding falls. And, you know, blades straight to the face. It's not something I'm really into. We're into sparkles and wardrobe malfunctions, not a violent blade.
--NBC, chat with Mike Tirico on Prime Plus Show, 2018 Olympics, February 18, 2018
("wardrobe malfunctions" refers to French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis' costume becoming unfastened shortly after her program with partner Guillaume Cizeron began, exposing her breast at one point during their performance)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I speak English; I don't speak Gayenese.
--Tara and Johnny podcast, Ep. 65: "Preparing for the Olympics," February 1, 2018
(on feeling irritated when scriptwriters prepare dialogue for him that's stereotypically gay)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

I’m a commentator, not a “complimentator.” Explaining falls and rough skates is hard because I have been that skater, and truth can hurt. But I would never be able to do my job without telling the truth about every aspect of figure skating and the performances you’ll see.
--Twitter, February 10, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Choreographically, he reminds me a bit of a puppy: there's something delicate and sweet with a dash of clumsy to his choreography.
--NBCSN, men's short program, 2018 Olympics, February 15, 2018
(on Australian skater Brendan Kerry)
Yuzuru Hanyu's performance there reminds me, if there were angels in a really cold environment and they breathed, that's what angels' breath would look like.
--NBC, commenting after the men's short program, 2018 Olympics, February 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

He's not Romeo; he's just kinda like "that guy."
--MSNBC, pairs free skate, 2018 Olympics, February 14, 2018
(on German pairs skater Ruben Blommaert not relating to his partner's Juliet character)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I have never felt bad about anything I’ve said for the most part, simply because when you tell the truth, while it may not always be the prettiest truth in the whole world, you don’t have anything to regret., "Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir aren't mean, but 'truth can be hard to hear'" by Tik Root, February 13, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

You can't really challenge a gay dude when it comes to lip syncing.
--Paramount Network, Lip Sync Battle, February 8, 2018
I’d have to jazz up the costume a little bit, but I definitely think I’d be a very, very adept ski jumper.,"Catching up with Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski" video interview by Aaron Nolan, February 10, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

It was a rough go, but ice is slippery.,"Catching up with Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski" video interview by Aaron Nolan, February 10, 2018
(on Nathan Chen's men's short program during the 2018 Olympic team skating event)
Looking at the ladies free skate: 130 to 140 is good; 140 plus is a great score; and basically 150 plus is Russian.
--NBC, Team Figure Skating, ladies free skate, 2018 Olympics, February 11, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

[Terry Gannon: Can you imagine being out there competing at the age of 33 in the Olympics?]

He's my age, so no! I just wear sparkly blazers.
--NBC, Team Figure Skating, pairs short program, 2018 Olympics, February 8, 2018
(on Chinese pairs skater Zhang Hao)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Buying myself new underwear for Hanukkah. It’s time.
--Twitter, December 11, 2017

My new underpants are arriving today so, it’s gonna get pretty stellar around here. 
--Twitter, December 15, 2017

Thursday, January 11, 2018

You know how hard it is to find weird stuff to wear?
--WDIV TV (Detroit Channel 4), "Johnny Weir at America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit," video, November 24, 2017

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The thing that she's having trouble with, it's almost like an archer like a Katniss Everdeen, with her bow and arrow, trying to shoot the arrow without pulling all the way back, and getting all of that tautness in the bow, and then just trying to, you know, shoot across the ocean or something. 
--NBC, Skate America, Ladies Free Skate, November 26, 2017
(on Karen Chen's jumping problems)

Blogger's note: Katniss Everdeen is the main character in the Hunger Games books and movies.