Johnny Weir outtakes from Day 1 of nationals

January, 16, 2010

Here are a few outtakes from Johnny Weir's post-routine talk with reporters Friday:

On the head flip he gave at the end of the program:
"It seems every competition that I get my elements done earlier and earlier and there's all this music playing and there's sexy Latin music and I never know what to do. So I either wipe my nose or bop my hip, and today I felt like touching myself and do a little head bop."

On his costuming fashion sense:
"When I'm on the ice, I wear a costume, and that's something I've never lost sight of. I think it's funny when I get dissected so much about the costumes I wear on the ice. You wouldn't go to a theater where they're putting on "Romeo and Juliet" and expect that they're wearing street clothes. People imagine you should go on the ice wearing clothes you think reflect your personality, but I wear costumes that represent my program and my performance and the theatrics of that. To sum up my idea of on-ice fashion sense is that 'Too much is never enough.' And on Sunday, I am wearing fur. ... The relationship between fashion and skating is not something everyone can see, because we do look a bit tacky."

On whether figure skating needs to be more "masculine" to attract a broader fan base:
"I wear pink. I have no problem with where my sport is as far as our fan base. I have an amazing fan base. I had people who flew all the way from Japan to see me and not just one person, many people. Some fans from Korea and Russia. I'm bringing my fan base. I'm doing my job. And to make my sport mainstream would categorize it in a way it should not be categorized. Figure skating is theatrical, it's artistic. It's extremely athletic and there is a very specific audience for that. I can say that I don't watch football games, so why should a football fan have to watch figure skating? You watch what you like."

On his approach to Sunday's final:
"Two days from now, I hope I'm centered. I hope I'm alive and my eyes are wide open and I can see everything I'm trying to accomplish. It's when I get down on myself and roll my shoulders that I have trouble. You can't see when you're bent over like this. That's something that Galena teaches me, to always walk like you're king. Your head up and shoulders back. You don't see anyone, you just see an objective, the carpet that has been rolled out for you. I hope I can imagine that emotion for Sunday and be strong and be an athlete that my country can be proud of."

Jim Caple | email

ESPN Senior Writer
Author of "The Devil Wears Pinstripes" and winner of a Sports Emmy. Reported from 17 World Series, 9 Olympics, 6 continents.



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