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Welcome to My World

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  539 ratings  ·  103 reviews
In a memoir as candid and unconventional as Johnny Weir himself, the three-time U.S. National Champion figure skater who electrified the 2010 Winter Olympics shares his glamorous, gritty, heartbreaking, hopeful, and just plain fabulous life story. How does a boy from rural Pennsylvania become an all-American original style icon on the ice and off, adored by fans around the ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published January 5th 2011)
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There’s a lot of myth that surrounds Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir; myth created from fanciful assumptions and media speculation. Johnny makes a drug analogy in a press conference – ohmygod, he’s a drug addict! Johnny poses half-naked in a pair of stilettos for a photo shoot – ohmygod, his life is all hedonism and debauchery! Johnny makes some snide comments about rival Evan Lysacek – ohmygod, he’s a diva bitch from hell!

This is very much a ‘setting the record straight’ memoir. The reality,
Leta Blake
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think my reaction to this book can be summed us as follows:
1. Oh, Johnny. (In all iterations of possible tone.)
2. They really treated him pretty shabbily at the Vancouver Olympics and I'm not talking about the scores. The insult of introducing a three time US Champion and bronze World medalist with "Johnny speaks French and Russian and likes fashion" is kind of stunningly dickish all these years later.
All in all, the book says pretty much what I expected it to say and would, perhaps, have pred
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
At first, when I added this to my Goodreads list, I thought to myself, "Well, of course I'm giving it a five. It's Johnny.". And then now, after just finishing it, I realize that it actually deserves the five I'm giving it.

First of all, no shockers here, I absolutely love Johnny Weir. I love him as a person, I love his skating, I love his attitude and views on countless topics that mirrored my own, but I was too afraid to speak up about. So of course, I had to order this book. (Well, technically
Nichole (DirrtyH)
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, books-i-own
This was tough to rate because I couldn't decide what criteria to use. My theory is that your enjoyment of this book will be directly proportional to how much you love Johnny Weir. It's not, like, some life changing piece of literature, obviously.

I happen to love Johnny Weir, so this was a very easy book for me to read and enjoy. This book will give you insight into how hard he worked for what he has achieved in his career. The boy is certainly not without his faults; he can be very immature and
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: tv
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Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm a completist when it comes to figure skating biographies, otherwise I'll admit I might have passed on this one. Weir, although he's the type of man who usually interests me - gay, determined on his own path, etc. - for some reason has never captured my attention beyond a few fine skates he had earlier in his career. I suspect it's because of his obsession with fashion and other glam pursuits, which are anathema to me. The front of the dustjacket of his book could not be more indicative of th ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: figure-skating
I'll keep this short, lest I take my ranting over the top. Luckily it only took me about 5 hrs to get though it because I got so pissed off reading it. Johnny is so contraditory it takes all credibility away from him. I absoloutely hated the way that he would talk about other peoples' thoughts and feelings as if he knew exactly what everyone was thinking when in fact he was only guessing.
Normally reading autobiograhpical books gives me new insight to the person and gives me new respect for them
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
All of the books I'm reading lately are either LGBT or Russian themed reading period and well, Johnny Weir is a bit of both! What am I doing, reading autobiographies of ice skaters from the 2000s? I have no idea.

In any case, this is a swift read. It has a good flow and I feel like he addresses most of the issues you'd expect him to. I didn't feel very surprised at it. If anything, I feel like he's what I'd think he'd be, that his biography didn't reveal anything insane.

After reading this, I wat
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, read-in-2018
3-4 stars.

As an avid watcher of figure skating competitions, I remember the tension/rivalry between Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek like it was yesterday. Johnny stays relatively classy in his book, referring to only a few not-as-great skaters as such, and leaving out certain names even though it's easy to look up who he's talking about.

It's a nice inside look into competitive figure skating, and the writing's not bad. I'd read more! Except if it's from the US Figure Skating Association. Those gu
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started following figure skating when I moved to Switzerland in 2001. In Italy (my home country) this sport was not as popular as football. No ice rinks, only stadiums. Then Torino (my home town) was selected to host the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and skaters started to be as adored as football players!

Back in 2001 Stéphane Lambiel was starting making himself known in Switzerland and in the skating world. His talent caught my eye and I immediately became fan (still am!).

I don’t remember the fir
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
What struck me about this was how young Olympians are for their moments of fame. Not only are they chronologically young, but the relentless training regimen leaves them little time for the everyday experiences that help youths mature. This comes through in areas where Johnny, himself, realizes his youth (talking about rebellion, first apartment/night away from home, first trip to NYC, hormones, etc.) and even when it isn't mentioned such as in dealing with the extreme highs and lows of winning ...more
Stephanie Schurr
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
First off, I am defiantly a new fan of Johnny Weir. The way he says whatever on his mind and be exactly who he is and nothing less, makes me envy him. I wish I was that bold and strong.

Johnny talks about how he ended up being a professional figure skater, leaving behind his childhood interests of riding horses. He was born to accomplish more important things, his dreams. He has his ups and downs with figure skating and the press. He gets bashed everyday because he's gay and too "flamboyant". But
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Hm. One wonders if the story Weir tells would be richer, more mellow if he had waited to pen this book, taking the time to gain perspective. I was hoping to hear about his creative process, what he brought to the table artistically to carry the sport and himself further. Outside of the costume controversy, there was none.

I wanted to read how the sport transformed him, what it gave him as a person. Brian Biotano's book, while light in copy, was a joyous scrapbook of photos, notes, treasures, anc
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
I love Johnny Weir. I know some people hate him, but I absolutely love him, and reading his memoir made me love him even more. He's hilarious and honest and over the top and everything I expected.

This book details his life from when he was a very young kid (around the age of 5 or so) up until the Olympics and after. He chronicles how he got into skating, his training, how he made the Olympics, how he fell from his star pedestal, how he was poor and didn't take care of himself, how he got back i
And 6 stars for Johnny himself!! I love reading about Johnny's early life and start in ice skating. His journey to the top of the ice skating world interesting. I wish he had gone more in depth into the personalities & jealousies. I also wanted more pictures of him, his costumes (even though I have seen in skate in many of them) and his loves (sexual and non-sexual). My problem is I always want more of Johnny Weir. I enjoyed the read but hope he writes another later.
Jun 03, 2018 added it
Predictably fun but with some real substance about the world of competitive figure skating too. I especially appreciated Johnny's candid talk about the politics in judging - his refusal to play the part of closeted gay skater for the Federation yet also unwilling to become the advocate of the year that he felt the gay community desired. He is first and foremost a skater and mainly an advocate for being true to yourself.
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
While reading this book, it feels like Johnny Weir is sitting beside you and having a conversation about his life in the skating rink. I also appreciated the behind-the-scenes look at ice skating, including how the athletes handle competition days. He does a lot of bashing, though, of the ice skating federation, which left a sour taste in my mouth. Otherwise, fun, easy-to-read book about one of the more colorful U.S. figure skaters.
Betsy Powell
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
do you have a strange obsession with johnny weir? i do. which is why i read this book (after meeting him and getting him to sign it). it was fun and funny but by no means great. if you are not obsessed with or intrigued by johnny weir, then there is no sense reading it--not that the thought even crossed your mind.
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved watching ice skating on tv and admire how much talent,etc is needed. Also, Johnny Weir is an excellent ice skater and very controversial, which I also admire, he is not afraid to be different.
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable read. A surprisingly honest self portrait, and an interesting view behind the scenes of figure skating.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been Johnny's fan since he was in Juniors. I love his brilliant skating and his hilarious outlook. Lately, I can't get enough of Johnny and Tara's awesome commentary. This book was a very interesting look into his competitive life - I had no idea how many hurdles he jumped over when dealing with the USA Skating Federation. I would've enjoyed a more intimate glance into his personal life, but this was still a very good look into his private world.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick and fun read. Very interesting to get a peek behind the curtain, so to speak, of the elite international skating world. Johnny's voice is funny and engaging and it's nice to hear him give his side of the story. Would recommend for casual fans of figure skating.
Fascinating. One of the memoirs that I really liked despite not being able to relate to much of the life described. I really wonder what book he would write now with more distance from these events (and I am guessing more maturity).
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, easy read. You could tell that there were probably some things he omitted, but that's okay. Regardless, I really like Johnny Weir and enjoyed reading about him.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A very enjoyable look inside the world of figure skating. Johnny Weir is as charismatic in print as he is on the ice.
Sara Goldenberg
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked it very much. I don't remember much of his career as it unfolded, but his book is an eye-opener into the world of professional skating. It's a shame how things were.
M. N.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
An interesting look at this world-class figure skater's trials and tribulations both in personal life and on the ice.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Recently, it had come to my attention that I hadn’t read an autobiography - mainly because there isn’t many people who interest me enough to make me want to read one. Then, of course, the people that do interest me haven’t written one. A friend recommended me Weir’s, so after doing a bit of Googling and going on YouTube I decided to give it a go.

Johnny Weir is a two-time Olympian and three-time US Nationals Champion in figure skating; however he isn’t the conventional American sporting star. His
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've became quite a Johnny Weir fan lately. The book seemed appealing so I bought it. To be honest, it's not great literature. It's even very easy to read. But I mean it's an autobiography of a skater. I wasn't looking for more.

Johnny seems very naive during the reading and I was expecting more of the diva and witted Johnny Weir we're used to see on TV. But it's sweet to read about him when he was young, how he got in the skating world and so on. I learnt a lot about the US skating federation,
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, laugh-riot
I appreciate books like this, where you feel like you're sat down with a friend holding a very liberating and honest conversation. Weir puts a lot of his feelings out there in this book, and while he did hold some back, I respect him so much more for what he was willing to let be known. I was reading this while simultaneously re-watching the first season of his reality television show, "Be Good Johnny Weir," and it was really more affecting to read about some triumph or let down and then see it ...more
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