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, March 3, 2015

The hardest part about being a skater with a chance to make the Olympic team is that everybody wants to have a say in what you're doing. Well, if I want your opinion, I'll ask you for it. Otherwise just leave me alone. But generally, I guess I don't want anyone's opinion.
--Spotlight on Skating magazine, "Here's Johnny" by Lynn Rutherford, September/October 2005

Monday, March 2, 2015

No place I feel more like an idiot than in a home improvement superstore. "Sssir, where's the thing you use to tighten the knobby things?" "A wrench?" "No it's different. It's squiggly." 
--Instagram, March 2, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Becoming a champion doesn't always involve taking the popular route.
--Twitter, August 25, 2013
I love seeing how they decide that a certain shoe would sell at "Pay Less" stores for $12, and a shoe that looks similar would sell at Manolo Blahnik's for $580. It's kind of like deciding how one girl at Worlds who does seven triples ends up in 12th place, and another girl who also does seven triples is in first.
--Spotlight on Skating magazine, "Here's Johnny" by Lynn Rutherford, September/October 2005

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I can't find a cure for cancer; but I can ice skate, and I guess that is what I was born to do. I have the opportunity to give people four-and-a-half minutes of seeing something beautiful. That's my contribution to the world.
--Spotlight on Skating magazine, "Here's Johnny" by Lynn Rutherford, September/October 2005

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Beautiful jumps, just could not skate for a lick.
--NBC, Four Continents Figure Skating Championship, broadcast February 21, 2015
(on former competitive Chinese skater Chengjian Li)
To keep things perfect, you can't have technique where your shoulders are being worn as a tiara.
--NBC, Four Continents Figure Skating Championship, broadcast February 21, 2015
(on Japanese skater Rika Hongo's jumping technique)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

That thing of planning looks with your makeup artist & using Instagram filters as references. "I want full Amaro, just nostrils and lashes."
--Twitter, February 12, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

When you skate to a creepy piece of music like this from Muse, you have to be a little bit more liquid, a little bit more gel-filled.
--NBC, ISU European Figure Skating Championships, broadcast February 7, 2015
(criticizing Russian skater Maxim Kovtun's skating style during his free skate to Exogenesis: Symphony by Muse
Prepping for LA tomorrow by extreme OCD cleaning. I've spent a month away from my Windex...a month too long.
--Twitter, February 6, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

We watched a couple of his YouTube play moments. We don't understand anything. We just think he’s a big, hot dude.
--etonline.com, "Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir Make Super Bowl Picks Based on the Hottest Player!" by Rosalyn Oshmyansky, January 29, 2015
(on New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski)
[Jill Savage: What's your base knowledge of football? What do you know?]

Punting.

[Tara Lipinski: Scrimmage.]

Scrimmage...

[Tara Lipinski: I like that.]

Rob Gronkowski...

[Tara Lipinski:  Gisele. Tom.]

Emmitt Smith, John Madden. Names, names, names!
--thebiglead.com, "Johnny Weir's Football Knowledge: Punting and Gronk," video, February 1, 2015
It's all about the hip action when you're dancing, so football players, you make sure you use those hips.
--NBC, Super Bowl XLIX Pregame, February 1, 2015
(advice to football players about their celebratory dances)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I have a pickaxe! I have a pickaxe! Gold panning! Gold panning!
--NBC, Super Bowl Zone, January 31, 2015
(during a visit to the Rawhide Western Town)
[Cowboy: Haven't you all see a wild west stunt show before?]

No...We didn't have childhoods.
--NBC, Super Bowl Zone, January 31, 2015
(after he and Tara Lipinski wandered by a "shootout" at the Rawhide Western Town)