21 Facts About Johnny Weir

1. In 2007 Johnny Weir received the "For the Love of Russia" award from the Ice Symphony.

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2. In 2013, Johnny Weir became involved in the discussion of whether the United States should boycott the Sochi Olympics because of Russia's anti-gay laws.

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3. In February 2012, Johnny Weir stated that he was considering converting to Judaism.

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4. As of 2012, Johnny Weir has a Japanese spaniel named Tyoma.

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5. In 2006, Johnny Weir had two pet chihuahuas named Bon-Bon and Vanya.

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6. In his 2011 memoir Welcome to My World, Johnny Weir officially came out as gay, citing a string of gay youth suicides as one reason for his decision: "With people killing themselves and being scared into the closet, I hope that even just one person can gain strength from my story.

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7. In 2010 Johnny Weir collaborated with Traver Rains to raise money for The Trevor Project, a national nonprofit organization focused on suicide prevention among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth.

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8. In 2011 Johnny Weir designed a line of women's dresses for eDressMe.

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9. In 2010 Johnny Weir debuted his Be Unique fashion label with a line of $95 black jackets.

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10. In 2011 Johnny Weir published an autobiography titled Welcome to My World in which he traced the path he took to become a skating champion, plus outlined his philosophy.

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11. In 2013 Johnny Weir competed on the second season of Food Network's Rachael vs Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, as a member of "Team Guy".

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12. In the summer, Johnny Weir was named to the cast of Nancy Kerrigan's October Halloween on Ice show which opened in October 2015.

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13. In 2013 Johnny Weir skated in the Artistry on Ice show which toured in China.

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14. On October 23, 2013, Johnny Weir announced his retirement from competitive skating and that he would join NBC Olympics as a figure skating analyst for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

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15. In May 2012, Johnny Weir was assigned to two 2012 Grand Prix events, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup and the 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard.

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16. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Johnny Weir finished sixth overall, with a new personal-best combined score of 238.87.

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17. At the 2008 US Championships, Johnny Weir won the short program over Evan Lysacek by 1.35 points but Lysacek won the long program by exactly the same amount, resulting in a tie.

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18. At the 2007 US Championships, Johnny Weir was in second place after the short program, less than a point behind Evan Lysacek.

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19. At the 2006 World Championships, Johnny Weir finished seventh, fighting a nagging back injury.

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20. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Johnny Weir skated a personal best short program and was in second place behind Evgeni Plushenko in that segment.

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21. Soon after Johnny Weir began skating at the age of 12, his family moved to Newark, Delaware, so he could be near his training rink and coach.

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