#RostelecomCup: The Lost Footage

jw_cor_11-08-2016_11A smart, sparkly, and welcome distraction: Uncle Terry, Tara, and Johnny in a screencap from the belated Cup of Russia broadcast. Actual video below!


So this week was all kinds of WTAF, as befitting a year clearly scripted by an unholy alliance between George R. R. Martin & The Joker and directed by Quentin Tarantino, and beginning here in Weirdom last Sunday evening with the inexplicable disappearance of the NBCSN broadcast of Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia / Grand Prix Russia / Russia on Ice / Javi Puts the Competition on Ice in Russia for the Third Time in a Row / seriously what even are we calling it these days / best summed up by the resulting Twitterstorm as represented in these selected tweets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of which soon caught the attention of our beloved erstwhile commentators (who also discussed it on this week’s podcast):

(LOL #cardriving #mommyhatesit)

 

I seriously waded through more than 100 NASCAR laps (which is like 527 millenia in dog years) AND yes, the NASCAR post-race show only to arrive at the “Mecum Auto Auction” (what) with nary a skater in sight.

Fortunately, the next day we learned the fate of the preempted broadcast:

Great!

Wait, what? THEY’RE SHOWING IT ON ELECTION NIGHT???

Yep.

And so they did, and me and maybe three other people watched it, and in the aftermath of the rather . . . unexpected election results, no one at NBC Sports remembered to even post highlights of JT&T’s commentary, as they normally do, and they still haven’t, and so here below is the only precious copy we have of the Dream Team and their commentary on Javi et al at Cup of Russia 2016, with special thanks forever to video ninja Jenn Kittler.

First up: screencaps, of course, although my apologies that these are not focused exclusively on Johnny’s shoes.

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VIDEO!

UPDATE: Multiple readers complained that the ladies’ free skate video kept freezing at about the 5-minute mark, so the old video has been replaced with two NEW ladies’ FS videos below — parts 1 and 2 —  which do, in fact, play properly. Thanks to all who alerted me!

 


The Dream Team portion, which occurred about halfway through the broadcast as they segued from the men’s free skate coverage to the ladies.
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Men’s free skate commentary.
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Ladies’ free skate commentary part 1, plus Dream Team segment all over again.
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Ladies’ free skate commentary part 2.
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BONUS FAN MONTAGES

Knowing that the Cup of Russia broadcast alone might not be enough to soothe and comfort at this moment, may I offer these new Johnny montages created by my Weibo friend Stormy, which are all incredibly awesome.


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BTW Johnny announced that he’s doing a special Beijing performance in December, so here’s hoping we have an extra Weibocalypse to close out this otherwise hideously awful year. See brief rehearsal clip on his Weibo.
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BONUS AND ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY GIFS

Also created by the lovely Stormy, from the #nipplestoJesus video in this blog post.

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AND ALSO

The Dream Team returns this Sunday, November 13, 4:30 pm ET on NBCSN with Trophée de France commentary! Unless of course there’s NASCAR, in which case the broadcast will be rescheduled opposite the live telecast of our first manned spaceship landing on Mars.

jw_2016-2017_gp_season_promo_04_11-13-2016_1024aImage via Johnny’s official website.


Our Winter Village Skating Ambassador is headlining the Bryant Park tree-lighting event December 2. Go see him! (Or go see him the next day at the Macy’s Galleria Dallas tree lighting. Or do both!)

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BONUS BEAUTY

Gorgeous clip posted by Johnny late on election night, accompanied by nothing but the sound of his blades on the ice . . . 

🎼 Ice by @johnnygweir

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  1 comment for “#RostelecomCup: The Lost Footage

  1. cv73
    November 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Johnny and Terry trying to do Elvis lip curls was priceless….

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