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Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski have been called out for apparently trying to reenact the Hunger Games at the Winter Olympics. I can definitely see some of Caesar Flickerman in Weir but Lipinski looks pretty nice and not at all overdone. Twitter about blew up with people chiming in about the Hunger Games however when it came to Weir and to be honest I really don’t blame them. Give Weir points for having his own style but apart from that one has to wonder what he was thinking when he was getting dressed, especially if he was thinking that he needed to be the center of attention rather than the skaters.
That seemed to be the just the start of it though as they would go into verbally brutalizing the efforts of the male skaters as they absolutely lambasted each man for his performance or lack thereof on the ice. Let’s get it straight, when you’ve been on the ice and you’ve excelled in ways that most other people can’t then it’s very easy to demand excellence from those that follow after, especially if you happen to love the sport. One thing that both Weir and Lipinski seem to need to remember though is that at one point and time they weren’t perfect. They likely had Olympian jitters as well and have fallen more than once in their lives while attempting to get things right.
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So yes, their criticisms, while kind of brutal and not altogether needed at times were kind of harsh, but again, it’s easy to be critical when you’ve been in that spot and know that everything you do...
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