Video: The Magic and the Passion

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyJohnny at practice. Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.


Before we dive in again to the 2015 Grand Prix Final and watch the amazing Yuzu perhaps smash yet more [of his own] records, please enjoy this compilation of all the Instagram practice clips Johnny has posted since the last time I rounded them up for the blog.

Interestingly, when I went to gather these up again, I discovered that there were exactly three months’ worth of vids, from September 10 to December 10 (clearly we are long overdue for a clips post!). In assembling these, I didn’t include clips he did while on tour with Halloween on Ice, because those are of a different flavor than his late-night-alone-on-the-ice videos. I still ended up with twenty-four clips in all, which is a lot of Instagrams to embed in one blog post. So I decided to go a different route.

And while Yuzu has definitively made his mark on men’s competitive skating, setting a bar so high that it may be years before it is ever overcome, even his videos inspire some version of this response every time Johnny shares them, with joy and appreciation for Yuzu’s incredible gift, on his official Facebook:

Johnny you still remain one of my favorite skaters to watch! You have a passion that brings excitement and I love that.

And when Johnny posts one of his own practice clips, limited by Instagram to 15 seconds each, he draws reactions like these:

Your spins and 3A are better than 95% of men competing today. Your artistry, performance and interpretation has no equals. It’s a privilege to watch you skate.

Johnny, you still have the magic and the passion.

You make the world a little more beautiful with your skating.

And always: Please, couldn’t you post longer videos…?

So here is six minutes of just Johnny doing his thing.

As only he can.

 


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REMINDER: If you’d like to offer happy holiday wishes to Johnny (and Tëma!), please feel free to send cards and small gifts to him through his fan mail service. Details and gift suggestions on this post, along with tons of gorgeous picspam!

JW_Xmas_06Photo via Show Johnny Weir the Love on Facebook.


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  6 comments for “Video: The Magic and the Passion

  1. Madame Terri
    December 12, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I’ve been following your FB page for past few years, but just realized you have this blog also! Thank you for providing all of this. In my humble opinion, he is the greatest skater we have had to date. He brings so much more to the sport than just experience and talent. His sense of style, grace, music, fluidity, and dance are brilliant, yes, but his ability to constantly push the envelope and express himself like no other has before is what keeps us all on the edge of our seat and crying out for more. I could sit in an arena and watch him skate for days on end……..

    • Binky
      December 12, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      I love absolutely everything you just wrote. YES TO ALL. Especially “his ability to constantly push the envelope and express himself like no other has before is what keeps us all on the edge of our seat and crying out for more. I could sit in an arena and watch him skate for days on end…”

      And I’m glad you found the blog via FB! This is where all the good stuff is, so please keep coming back. You also can sign up here to make sure you never miss a post!

  2. Jennifer
    December 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Just discovered this blog and I LOVE it more than I love the moon!! Thanks so much for taking the time to put all things Johnny in one place! Whenever I get negative comments from judges on my skating I always go back to Johnny’s performances to give me inspiration to keep skating no matter what the haters say! Thanks Binky for bringing Johnny to me through your blog!

    • Binky
      December 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you for reading! Johnny is an amazing athlete and artist, and such a tremendous inspiration to people of all ages and walks of life. ♥ Welcome to my happy place. I hope you’ll visit often! And good luck with your skating!

  3. Chris
    December 11, 2015 at 8:50 am

    There were days in 2014 that the only thing that got me out of bed and in to work were the 15 second practice clips. These clips inspired me then and continue to do so today. Johnny’s perseverance, tenacity, dedication, and commitment combined with a huge heart and genuine kindness make me want to be a better person every day and motivates me to keep getting up when sometimes it would be so much easier to just stay down.
    Binky, thank you for always taking the time create these magic pages and for leading the sparkle parade of crazy fans!

    • Binky
      December 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

      Chris, this is so beautiful! Thank YOU for being such a faithful reader, and for being an inspiration in your own right. ♥

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