Johnny prepares for the 2008 World Championships in Sweden with a new coaching team: Galina Zmievskaya who taught Johnny's idol Oksana Baiul. In Sweden, with his first World medal on the line, Galina pushes Johnny hard in the competition.
Johnny is performing consistently and well, but his momentum is halted when he falls extremely ill in Korea over Christmas and is hospitalised.
The life of a competitive skater entails no small amount of sacrifice; on the personal side, Johnny's pursuit of gold has meant giving up friendships, relationships or anything remotely resembling a normal life.
Just a few weeks before his first competitive event of the Olympic season, Galina insists that Johnny test out his new short program at a charity show; the first event of the season, the 2009 Cup of Russia, has special meaning for Johnny.
Johnny continues his training in the hopes of making the trip back to Japan for the Grand Prix Final. As the results from Skate Canada come in, Johnny finds out he has made the Final. He ramps it up in practice before leaving for Tokyo.
Johnny prepares for Nationals by dumping his long program costume and redesigning it; as Johnny arrives at the 2010 Nationals, the pressure is on: he must make the podium or risk being left off the US Olympic Team for Vancouver.
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