When I returned from Russia, I was expecting to see some kind of announcement from my federation or the US Olympic Committee that I had won an award, but I didn't see anything. I know it's interesting when Evan Lysacek attends a movie premiere, and I could pee myself with glee if Kimmie Meissner throws out one more pitch at a baseball game, but I actually won something! I am very proud of it, and that's why I'm ranting, forgive me!
--figureskatersonline.com/johnnyweir, Johnny Weir Online, journal, "Around the World in a Month (JFK-PEK-HRB-HRB-PEK-SVO-JFK)," December 2, 2007
(on U.S. skating officials' silence regarding Johnny's winning the award "Lyubov k Rossii," ("The Love of Russia")
Blogger's note: On December 7, 2007, Johnny added the following to his journal: "I want to thank the people at ESPN, staffers at USFSA and members of Skating Magazine for taking prompt action in recognizing my award that I was upset had gone unrecognized. I immediately got reactions for everyone after my latest journal entry was posted and I want to thank them for getting to me so quickly. I overreacted and they were a little out of the loop as far as my award, 'Lyubov k Rossii' goes. I am sorry for anyone I offended or hurt with my rant and I am glad the award is getting recognized by my country and federation. Thanks."
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 gives an interview, holds a press conference, blogs or tweets, or is caught on video, whether for his TV series, Be Good Johnny Weir, or at a non-profit fundraiser. It's time his quotes were collected and shared; hence this blog.