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.
I’m a commentator, not a “complimentator.” Explaining falls and rough skates is hard because I have been that skater, and truth can hurt. But I would never be able to do my job without telling the truth about every aspect of figure skating and the performances you’ll see.
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) February 10, 2018
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.
Perfectly stated. https://t.co/IoAXqy6aNY
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) February 10, 2018
you and Tara tell it like it is every time!! That’s why we love watching with (and learning from) you guys! Keep up the incredible work… I’ve never enjoyed watching figure skating more than with you two. ?
— Amber Horner (@Ambersonian) February 10, 2018
No need to apologize for doing your job well, Johnny. ?
— Nicole Eclectic (@Nic_Leigh) February 10, 2018
Keep doing what you’re doing it’s refreshing. It’s also educational as too often when watching it’s hard to tell what is good and not good if the commentators over compliment
— rick cunniff (@rickcunniff44) February 10, 2018
That is why you are so good. You tell the truth.
— Deborah Kaback (@deborah_kaback) February 10, 2018
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.