Daily Archives: February 11, 2018

VIDEO — Catching Up with Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski

KARK: Walking around the Olympic Park, Aaron Nolan ran into former figure skaters and NBC commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir and took a few moments to find out about their experiences outside of the press box.

“How much fun is PyeongChang right now, Korean BBQ, Korean Culture, I’ve had a lot of fun, how about you guys?” Nolan asked.

“Oh, we’ve had a blast, we started off in Seoul, I had never been before, Johnny has been many times so he was my tour guide,” Lipinski explained.

“We saw a little bit of team skating yesterday,” Nolan said, “you guys’ thoughts? Of course Nathan Chen had kind of a rough go of it.”

“It was a rough go, but ice is slippery,” Weir said, “Nathan Chen’s performance was uncharacteristic, we haven’t seen him have trouble like we have in the short program, but we are both confident, his record, and what he’s done over the last couple of seasons that for sure he’ll bounce back in the individual men’s event.”

“You have bad days, you have good days and the great thing about skating is you can have a horrible skate and then the next day you can have the best skate of your life,” Lipinski added.

Read more here, and watch the video on NBC Olympics here.

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Johnny Weir: I’m a Commentator, Not a ‘Complimentator’

USA Today For The Win: One half of NBC’s figure skating commentating superstar duo Johnny Weir took to Twitter to clear up just one thing about how critical he was during the first figure skating events earlier this week — and what to expect later today when he’s back behind the microphone.

Here were some of his comments about the men’s short program this week:

ON NATHAN CHEN, WHO PROBABLY AGREED WITH THIS STATEMENT AFTER HIS FLOP ON FRIDAY MORNING:

 “That’s the worst short program I’ve ever seen from Nathan Chen…disastrous…now the bronze for Team USA is in jeopardy (in the team event).”

AND ON THE OVERALL PERFORMANCES OF THE MEN’S SHORT PROGRAM:

“This men’s final group was an all-star list, but nobody skated up to their names.”

But as harsh as some may have found him, after his tweet, his mentions were mostly filled with overwhelming support.

This is Weir’s third Olympics working as an analyst or correspondent. He is a two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. national champion.


Photo via Johnny’s Instagram.

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VIDEO — Tara & Johnny: Nathan Chen Struggled, But He Can Bounce Back

NBC Philadelphia: NBC Sports figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir discuss their job of being honest when skaters struggle, and why they think Nathan Chen can bounce back after a tough performance in the Team Event.

For best viewing results, tap/click to watch video in full screen. If the video won’t play, please watch on NBC Philadelphia’s website.

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VIDEO — Tara & Johnny: Adam Rippon Is ‘Special’ on the Ice

NBC Philadelphia: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir preview Adam Rippon’s 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Adam hits Olympic ice tonight, Sunday, February 11,  in the conclusion of the figure skating Team Event. LIVE coverage across all time zones begins at 8 pm ET on NBC.

For best viewing results, tap/click to watch video in full screen. If the video won’t play, please watch on NBC Philadelphia’s website.

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AUDIO — The Podium Podcast: Tara & Johnny Join Primetime

The Podium: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir have not hesitated to put their stamp on the world of figure skating — first on the ice, and now off it, as NBC Sports analysts for figure skating.

On today’s episode of The Podium, the dynamic duo discuss their primetime debut this week on NBC, how they have seen the sport change over the years, and why their friendship goes beyond the airwaves.

Johnny and Tara’s portion begins at about 01:38.

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