Johnny Weir’s Crown of Roses

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  American Johnny Weir had to settle for sixth place – and a crown of roses – in the men's figure skating final at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday.  Newscom

American Johnny Weir had to settle for sixth place – and a crown of roses – in the men's figure skating final at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday. Newscom

The Christian Science Monitor breaks down exactly how (that oh so annoying, but technically brilliant) Lysacek beat out the Speedy White Comet… and

What about Johnny Weir?

Within Pacific Coliseum, however, the greater confusion seemed to be over Johnny Weir’s scores. Despite a flawless performance, he finished sixth.

Part of that, he acknowledged, was because “I did a lot of leave-outs,” lowering the difficulty of his routine.

Yet his execution kept him in medal contention. His technical score of 79.67 was 6.19 points higher than that of bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi.

So how did Weir lose his chance at bronze?

Simply put, the judges didn’t like his routine much. Weir scored 77.10 points in the more subjective program components. Takahashi scored 84.50 – 7.4 points higher.

Weir, at least, took solace from the fact that the crowd disagreed.

“As Lady Gaga would say, ‘I have all my role models out there,’ ” he said afterward. “I may not be the most decorated person in the skating world, but judging by the audience reaction … they go on my journeys with me.”

We certainly do.

I loved Johnny’s performance last night (shocker!). He had more heart than anyone… save that cute little guy in the tuxedo.

USA’s Johnny Weir performs in the Men’s Free Skating at the 2010 Winter Olympic in Vancouver, British Columbia. Weir a favorite finished in 6th place.

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