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.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

[Q. Is there any song you wanted to skate to that you knew you couldn’t because it would be pushing the limits just a wee bit too far?]

I’ve always wanted to skate to a rap song. Whether T.I. or Eminem, I don’t know, but I would skate it in a very real way, a very soulful way. Many skaters do rap as a funny performance — they pretend to have flavor and urban feelings, but they’re all super-white and “Wonder Bread,” as I say. I would want to tap into the soul and pain of rap and really do it right. You don’t have to sag your pants and dance like you’re drunk to perform to rap. I’d be Johnny Weir, skating the way I normally do, in a costume I’d be proud of, feeling the rap., Q & A With Johnny, October 2011

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