198 Facts About Johnny Weir


John Garvin Johnny Weir is an American figure skater and television commentator.

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Johnny Weir is a two-time Olympian, the 2008 World bronze medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2001 World Junior Champion, and a three-time U S National champion .

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Johnny Weir began skating at the age of 12, two or three times older than when most elite skaters start training.

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Johnny Weir was the youngest U S National champion since 1991, in 2004 the first skater to win U S Nationals three times in a row since Brian Boitano in the late 1980s and the first American to win Cup of Russia in 2007.

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Johnny Weir had a classical skating style and was known for being "a very lyrical skater" and "an entertaining artisan".

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Johnny Weir joined NBC as a commentator beginning at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

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Johnny Weir was teamed with sports commentator Terry Gannon and fellow figure skater Tara Lipinski; in 2014, they became NBC's primary figure skating analysts, commentating for skating in two Olympics.

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Johnny Weir came out in early 2011 and has been involved with LGBTQ activism.

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Johnny Weir is of Norwegian heritage, and has one brother, Brian "Boz" Weir, who is four years younger.

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Johnny Weir was raised in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, a rural town in Amish-dominated central Pennsylvania.

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Johnny Weir was an accomplished rider; by the age of nine, he had won several equestrian competitions and competed in the Devon Horse Show with his Shetland pony, Shadow.

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Johnny Weir's family moved to New Britain, Connecticut, so he could train.

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Johnny Weir later said that horse riding had given him body awareness, preparing him for figure skating.

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Johnny Weir was an honor roll student at Newark High School, where he graduated in 2002, and studied linguistics at the University of Delaware before dropping out.

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Johnny Weir made the decision to quit equestrian, since he could not do both and his family could not afford both sports, and they moved again, to Delaware, so Johnny Weir could train with Hill.

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Johnny Weir competed in both singles and pair skating during his first year of competition; Hill paired him with Jodi Rudden to help him focus on other aspects of figure skating, such as spins, stroking, and artistry, rather than on jumping.

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Rudden and Johnny Weir won the South Atlantic Regionals and qualified for the Junior Olympics in juvenile pairs that first year, and in intermediate pairs the following season.

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Also in his first year of skating, Johnny Weir finished fourth as a juvenile in the Junior Olympics and won first place in the South Atlantic Regionals, as a juvenile.

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Johnny Weir stated that along with his relative inexperience with competing and a growth spurt, he struggled with nerves during this period, which affected his performances.

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Johnny Weir fell again during his free skate, and ended up in fifth place, while Evan Lysacek, in their first meeting in competition, came in first, even though Lysacek was in fifth after the short program.

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Johnny Weir won the Junior Eastern Sectionals in 1999 and 2000.

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The following season, Weir competed as a senior for the first time, coming in sixth place at the U S Nationals despite "a bad hip flexor injury", and winning the Eastern Sectionals as a senior.

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Johnny Weir was the third alternate at the 2000 Junior Grand Prix final, coming in sixth and second place at his two Junior Grand Prix assignments, but won, at the age of 16, the gold medal at the World Junior Championships.

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Johnny Weir was the tenth American to win at Junior Worlds and the first American male skater since Derrick Delmore won in 1998.

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Johnny Weir withdrew, during his free skate, from the 2003 U S Championships in Dallas, which gold medalist Michael Weiss called "the most bizarre national championships ever".

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Johnny Weir was in second place after the short program, with a clean skate with all eight required elements.

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Johnny Weir felt confident going into the free skate, but hit the rink wall 23 seconds after he started, catching his blade between the ice and wall while doing a "simple crossover".

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Johnny Weir fell and injured his back, but the referee allowed him to continue where he stopped.

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Johnny Weir stepped out of his first triple Axel and fell again on his second, injuring his knee to the point that he had to withdraw.

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Johnny Weir moved from his longtime rink, the more prestigious one at the University of Delaware, to a nearby rink called The Pond, which was less crowded and not as well-known.

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Johnny Weir was one of two skaters to skate a clean short program with a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, a "scratchy triple Axel", and the best spins in the field.

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Johnny Weir was first after the short program, but came in second place overall, slightly behind Gheorghe Chiper from Romania.

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Johnny Weir popped both his lutz and loop jumps, but successfully performed his triple Axel-triple toe loop combination and four other triple jumps.

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Johnny Weir had to compete in the Eastern Sectionals again, coming in first place despite a fall and securing a spot in the U S Nationals.

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Johnny Weir came in first place, the first to do so by qualifying at sectionals since Rudy Galindo in 1996.

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Johnny Weir was the youngest male skater, at the age of 19, to win the U S Nationals since Todd Eldredge won in 1991, at the age of 19.

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Johnny Weir was in first place after the short program, with marks ranging from 4.

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Johnny Weir won the free skate, even though he did not include a quadruple jump.

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Johnny Weir came in fifth place; teammate Michael Weiss came in sixth.

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Johnny Weir opened his short program with a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, followed by a triple Axel and a triple flip, earning marks ranging from 5.

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Johnny Weir skated in the final ISU-sanctioned competition of the season, the 2004 Marshall's World Figure Skating Challenge.

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Johnny Weir toured with Champions on Ice the summer of 2004, with Cohen, Irina Slutskaya, Elena Sokolova, and his "skating hero", Evgeni Plushenko.

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Johnny Weir competed in the Cup of Russia in Moscow, although not for points towards the Grand Prix final.

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Johnny Weir won the NHK Trophy, his first Grand Prix title and the first time he competed under the ISU Judging System .

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Johnny Weir "skated elegantly" in his free skate, but doubled his three planned triples in the second half of his program, which hurt his technical scores.

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Johnny Weir again did not include any quadruple jumps, choosing instead to emphasize his artistry, spins, and pirouettes.

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Johnny Weir later said that his win in Paris "signaled my ascendancy on the international stage".

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Johnny Weir came in second after Plushenko at the Cup of Russia, the first time they competed against each other after the implementation of the IJS.

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Johnny Weir opened his free skate with a triple Axel-triple toe loop combination and included five other triples, but stumbled coming out of his second triple Axel and missed his triple flip late in the program.

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Johnny Weir's performance was solid but subdued; he struggled with the landings of his triple Axel and triple flip jumps.

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At Worlds, Johnny Weir continued to struggle with his foot injury, which had given him problems all season and which prevented him from working on adding a quadruple jump to his season's free skate.

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Johnny Weir considered pulling out of the competition, but Tarsova gave him the motivation to continue despite the severe pain he was experiencing.

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Johnny Weir received two injections an hour before performing his short program.

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Johnny Weir fell on his opening triple Axel in his short program, but successfully completed a triple Axel-triple toe loop combination, four more triple jumps, and high-quality spins.

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Johnny Weir was placed in third, but "a human input error" during the input of Chinese skater Li Chengjiang's scores was corrected, putting Johnny Weir slightly behind Li and in seventh place after the short program.

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Johnny Weir displayed good flow throughout his free skate, which included a triple Axel-triple toe loop combination, six more triple jumps, and good spins.

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Johnny Weir was not able to complete two doubles at the end of his combination jumps, despite accomplishing three previous triples.

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Johnny Weir finished in fourth place, behind "surprise bronze medalist" and teammate Evan Lysacek.

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Johnny Weir began the season, which reporter John Blanchette called a "minor calamity", with "a series of disappointing finishes".

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Johnny Weir was told by judges at the beginning of the season, after debuting his short program, which was designed for the new scoring system, that it was not difficult enough, so he had to rework it.

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Johnny Weir had been pushing to create a short program, since he began working with Tarasova.

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Johnny Weir's agreed to introduce it during this Olympic season because his "naturally quiet and delicate way on the ice mirrored the mellow cello piece".

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Johnny Weir debuted the program, choreographed by Tarasova, Shanetta Folle, and Evgeni Platov, during a practice session at Skate Canada.

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Johnny Weir later reported that the initial reaction to it was laughter and that he told reporters, when they asked about the red glove, that he had named it "Camille", in honor of the piece's composer.

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Johnny Weir was aware of the impact it would make on the public and in the figure skating world, and that it could harm his reputation with the judges; he later stated, "Gender bending would take me into a whole new and very taboo area, where I would stand totally alone".

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Johnny Weir stated that although people were initially uncomfortable with the program, it would become one of most his most popular programs and would "completely change the world's perception of me".

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In October, Johnny Weir finished in fourth place at the 2005 Campbell's Classic; he popped both of his triple Axels and earned 114.

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Johnny Weir missed two triples in his free skate, but placed third in the short program with 206.

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Johnny Weir won the event, taking in 64 percent of the fans' votes, via in-stadium voting, telephone, and the internet.

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At the 2006 U S Nationals, Weir was the first male skater to win three consecutive U S titles since Brian Boitano almost 20 years previously.

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Johnny Weir was in first place after the short program, again overcoming his nerves and earning a personal best score of 83.

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Johnny Weir successfully landed four triple jumps, including his opening triple Axel and a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, as well as a flying sit spin, circular step sequence, another triple flip, and his concluding spin combination; the spectators gave him a standing ovation when he finished.

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Johnny Weir came in third place in the free skate after Lysacek and Savoie with 142.

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Johnny Weir stepped out of a triple Axel, did too many combination jumps and thus received no points for one jumping pass, and did not complete the third jump of his three-jump combination.

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Johnny Weir stated that although he had performed the program well, he was bored with it and felt it lacked passion and power.

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Johnny Weir was the only American male in medal contention after his short program in Turin, skating "well but not brilliantly".

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Johnny Weir began his short program with "a smooth triple Axel" followed by the highest-scoring element in his program, a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination.

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Johnny Weir was ahead of the reigning world champion, Stephane Lambiel from Switzerland, who was in third place, and the world silver medalist, Jeffrey Buttle of Canada, who was in fourth place.

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Johnny Weir arrived late to the stadium for his free skate, blaming it on missing the bus from the athletes' village and not being told of a schedule change, which put him 90 minutes off his routine.

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Reporter John Crumpacker stated that Johnny Weir was "out of sorts for his long program and skated abysmally as he went from second place to fifth".

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Johnny Weir accomplished eight out of his planned 13 jumps, replaced a planned quadruple toe loop with a double Axel, and was shaky on his first triple Axel.

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Johnny Weir downgraded another triple jump to a double, and failed to complete a three-jump combination and double-jump combination late in his program.

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Johnny Weir had been troubled with back pain all week, which was aggravated during the warm-up for the free skate.

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Johnny Weir successfully completed his triple Axel-triple Axel combination at the start of his program and attempted a quadruple toe jump, but he two-footed it and fell on his triple flip at the end of the program, taking him out of medal contention.

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Johnny Weir came in seventh place overall; Lambiel won the gold medal, Brian Joubert came in second, and teammate Lysacek, despite a hard fall during the warm-up, won the bronze medal.

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Johnny Weir toured again with Champions on Ice in-between seasons, his longest tour with them to date; he chose Frank Sinatra's "My Way", "for its obvious symbolism", as his performance number.

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Johnny Weir appeared in an episode, in which he called "my entertainment TV debut", of My Life on the D-List with comedian Kathy Griffin, in which he taught Griffin how to skate.

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Johnny Weir did not begin to train for the season until August 2006; illness hampered his training.

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Johnny Weir struggled completing a combination spin during his short program and told reporters that he had difficulty with his spins and that he almost tripped during his step sequence.

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Johnny Weir successfully completed a triple Axel, a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, and a triple flip, earning 76.

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Johnny Weir needed a clean skate in his free skate to win the gold medal, but he came in fourth place.

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Johnny Weir was in second place after the short program at Cup of Russia, less than two points behind Joubert.

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Johnny Weir successfully completed his jumps, but did not attempt a quadruple jump and according to the Associated Press, "generally seemed a bit slow".

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Johnny Weir competed at the Grand Prix Final, but had to withdraw after the short program due to an injury to his right hip from a fall.

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Johnny Weir later said that he was embarrassed by his withdrawal, done after "trash-talking" Lysacek for withdrawing due to an injury.

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Johnny Weir admitted that his Grand Prix season was "disastrous" and that he had not been skating well going into the 2007 U S Nationals in Spokane, Washington.

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Johnny Weir began his short program with a successful triple Axel and a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination.

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Johnny Weir had a shaky landing on his triple flip, but his circular and straight-line footwork sequences were well-done and he performed three level-four spins.

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Johnny Weir was not able to successfully defend his title, coming in third overall; Lysacek came in first place, and Bradley came in second place.

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Johnny Weir popped an Axel and turned it into a single jump, but completed three more triple jumps, high-quality circular and straight-line footwork sequences, and good spins.

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Johnny Weir later admitted that the pressure of being the defending champion bothered him, and said that it was difficult skating after Lysacek, especially after hearing that Lysacek had earned over 90 points in his element scores alone.

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At Worlds, Johnny Weir came in eighth place, his worst finish at Worlds in four years.

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Johnny Weir was in fourth place after the short program; he admitted that he was hampered by his nerves, had trouble adjusting to competing in Tokyo, "forgot to breathe a little bit", and said, "My costume is even tired".

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Johnny Weir reported that people bought tickets to Stars on Ice just to see the routine in person.

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Johnny Weir hired Zmievskaya because he needed more than Hill's "nurturing approach" and that Zmievskaya's "drill sergeant-like demands for discipline and rigor" would help him grow and win championships again.

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Johnny Weir changed his choreographer and training routine, and moved out of his family home in Newark, Delaware to an apartment in New Jersey in order to train with Zmievskaya.

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Johnny Weir told reporters that he felt homesick and nervous moving to a large city and living on his own for the first time in his life, resorting to sleeping with a kitchen knife next to his bed.

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Johnny Weir said that the move taught him discipline and independence.

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Johnny Weir worked on including a quadruple toe loop in his programs, and on making his triple lutz and triple flip bigger.

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Johnny Weir designed his own costumes and worked closely with his choreographers again.

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Johnny Weir called the costume he wore for his free skating program "a sparkly onesie"; Sports Illustrated described it as "another of his bifurcated black and white, rhinestone-studded costumes with plunging backline".

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At Cup of China, Johnny Weir came in second place, after Lysacek, in the short program, with 79.

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Johnny Weir did not include a quadruple jump, but completed a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination and had higher-scoring spins than Lysacek.

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Johnny Weir won the gold medal at Cup of Russia, beating Lambiel by over 11 points.

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Johnny Weir came in first place in the free skate, which was described as "somewhat business-like and more suited for the strong technicians rather than the artistic skater Weir is known to be".

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Johnny Weir opened his program with a strong triple Axel-triple toe loop combination and underrotated his triple Axel, but successfully completed five more clean triple jumps.

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NBC reported that Johnny Weir was "more about business in both his short and long programs", skating with "usual elegance, but not his fire".

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Johnny Weir was one of the few skaters who completed a triple Axel during his short program, his triple lutz-triple toe loop combination was "done with ease and control".

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Johnny Weir's footwork was "light and a perfect match for the music".

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Johnny Weir followed up his quadruple toe with a triple Axel-triple toe combination, a triple lutz, and a triple Axel.

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Johnny Weir received low marks for an upright spin because he did not clearly change skating edges.

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Johnny Weir did not include a triple-triple combination, and his quadruple jump was downgraded to a double.

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Johnny Weir won his first worlds medal, a bronze, with a total score of 221.

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Johnny Weir came in second place in the short program by less than one point behind Lysacek, and came in second place overall, with 225.

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Johnny Weir began his short program with three successful jumping passes.

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Lysacek and Johnny Weir both scored the same on their triple lutz-triple toe loop combinations, 11.

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Johnny Weir later told reporters that he was disappointed in his spins, but his footwork sequences were "spectacular", and he scored 80.

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Johnny Weir later said that he felt his performance in the short program was "a big improvement" over his performance at Skate America.

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Johnny Weir was unprepared for Nationals because he was "compromised" by his illness.

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Johnny Weir needed to excel during the free skate to win a bronze medal, but instead popped his first triple Axel, doubled his planned triple loop, and fell on his triple flip.

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Johnny Weir's footwork was difficult, but as the AP said, he "appeared to just be going through the motions with it".

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Sundance commissioned and aired, beginning in January 2010, an eight-episode documentary series, Be Good Johnny Weir, which depicted the "recent ups and downs of his career".

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Johnny Weir began the season with "something to prove"; despite his previous season's difficulties, he was ranked eighth in the world.

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Johnny Weir later said that his Russian fans gave him the encouragement to continue and perform better at the NHK Trophy, his next Grand Prix slot.

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Johnny Weir skated a clean short program and gave his best performance up to that point in the season, with 78.

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Johnny Weir successfully accomplished all his triple Axels in both programs.

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Johnny Weir's planned triple toe loop became a double jump and he left off a double toe loop on his next two combination jumps.

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At the Grand Prix final, all six qualifiers, including Johnny Weir, had skated in at least one previous final; Golden Skate called it "one of the most equally matched fields in several years".

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Johnny Weir was in fourth place in both his short program and free skate.

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Johnny Weir accomplished three clean triple jumps, but he popped his planned second triple Axel and struggled completing the final jump of his triple-triple combination jump.

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Johnny Weir came in fifth place in the free skate, but his short program, which was the third-best with 83.

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Johnny Weir came into the Olympics "a legitimate medal threat", although he did not anticipate winning a medal and suspected that it would mark the end of his competitive career.

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Johnny Weir stayed at the Olympic Village in Vancouver, despite wanting to stay at a hotel, for security reasons.

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Johnny Weir had received "very serious threats" from anti-fur activists for wearing fox fur trim on the left shoulder of his free skate costume during U S Nationals.

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Johnny Weir changed to faux fur for his costume at the Olympics, denying that it was in response to the threats, although he wore fur at a news conference for the U S men's team.

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Johnny Weir's roommate was his "longtime friend", American ice dancer Tanith Belbin.

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Johnny Weir held a press conference to respond to "offensive" remarks made by two Canadian sports commentators about him.

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Johnny Weir came in sixth place in the free skate, which he later admitted was technically less difficult.

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Johnny Weir took the next two seasons off from competitive skating, focusing on his personal life, figure skating shows, a singing career, and celebrity events.

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In January 2012, Johnny Weir married his partner Victor Voronov, a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and whose family was from Russia, in a civil ceremony in New York City, five months after the state legalized same-sex marriages.

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In 2013, Weir began writing a weekly column in the Falls-Church News Press, a newspaper published in the Washington, D C area.

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Johnny Weir went back to working with his previous coach, Galina Zmievskaya.

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Johnny Weir used music from "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga, someone he admired, for his short program; she provided him with versions of the song without lyrics.

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Johnny Weir competed at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy, attempting a quadruple jump in both his short program and free skate for the first time, and coming in fourth place overall.

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Johnny Weir was in fourth place after the short program, earning 69.

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Johnny Weir later told reporters that he was nervous, that his legs felt stiff, and that the competition was the hardest thing he had done in his career.

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Johnny Weir had boot problems to overcome, but felt that he had done well.

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Johnny Weir made several mistakes, finished in 10th place, and decided that he was not in good enough physical condition to participate in the free skate.

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Johnny Weir did not compete at the 2013 U S Nationals, but still hoped to make the U S Olympic team in 2014.

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Johnny Weir was not eligible for a bye into Nationals because he did not place in the top five at the 2013 Nationals or medaled at the 2010 Olympics or 2013 World Championships.

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Johnny Weir thought that he would benefit from Zmievskaya's "drill sergeant-like demands for discipline and rigor", as well as her Russian approach to figure skating.

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Johnny Weir's focused on improving his jumps; Hill did not tend to focus on jumps in order to avoid stressing his body.

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Johnny Weir relied on his natural talent and would fly into his jumps, which made them exciting for him to perform and for the audience to watch.

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Johnny Weir admitted in 2018 that quadruple jumps were his "nemesis".

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Johnny Weir said that even though Zmievskaya was tougher than he was used to, she was nurturing, caring for him and controlling every aspect of his life.

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Johnny Weir told figure skating reporter Lou Parees in 2004 that he believed that he was able to offset his technical weaknesses with his elegance.

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Johnny Weir did not think he needed to include quadruple jumps in his programs because he focused on other aspects of his skating.

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Parees said that Johnny Weir's landings were graceful and elegant, and that his spins were unique.

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Johnny Weir told Parees that "the softer edge" of his skating, which he did not need to practice, came naturally to him.

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Johnny Weir told Longman that he had no interest in making figure skating more "mainstream or masculine", and that figure skating had a specific audience attracted to the sport's athleticism, theatricality, elegance, and artistry.

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Johnny Weir often designed his own costumes or worked extensively with his designers.

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Johnny Weir's costumes helped him compete; like his music choices, they helped create his programs' mood and character.

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Johnny Weir stated, "I can't skate unless I feel beautiful", so he spent a lot of time on his costume, hair, and makeup.

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In 2014, Johnny Weir designed Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu's costume for his free skating program, worn during the Sochi Olympics.

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Johnny Weir believed that his style was "a hybrid of Russian and American skating", two different approaches to figure skating.

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Johnny Weir developed a connection with Russia and with the Russian style of figure skating early in his career.

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Johnny Weir's first ballet teacher in Delaware, Yuri Sergeev, was a dancer for the St Petersburg Ballet, and he taught himself the Russian language, conversing with Zmievskaya in Russian.

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Johnny Weir studied czarist history and wore a jacket from the "old Soviet team uniform as a good-luck charm", given to him by Russian pairs skater and Olympic gold medalist Tatiana Totmianina, during the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

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Johnny Weir stated that his connection with Russia caused many Russian fans to "came to think of me as one of their own".

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Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times called Johnny Weir "as much a world-class sportsman as he is a showman".

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The AP praised Johnny Weir for being one of the few figure skaters who spoke his mind, even when he knew it would get him in trouble with federation officials and judges.

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Nancy Armour of the AP reported during U S Nationals in 2007 that Lysacek and Weir had a "good rivalry" that had developed over the previous few years.

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Also in 2007, Weir stated that the rivalry helped both he and Lysacek train and skate better, that it was exciting for the fans and for the skating community, and that it was good for U S men's figure skating.

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In 2021, Weir was inducted, along with professional figure skater and coach Sandy Schwomeyer Lamb and judge and official Gale Tanger, into the U S Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

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In October 2013, Johnny Weir retired from competition and joined NBC as a figure skating analyst at the Sochi Olympics.

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Johnny Weir chose not to support calls for boycotting the Olympics in protest of Russia's anti-gay laws, and was criticized by both anti-gay and LGBTQ activists for his position.

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Johnny Weir appeared in the 2014 EPIX documentary To Russia with Love, which was about gay athletes in Russia and the U S The film, produced by Robert Redford and Sundance Productions, was filmed secretly during the Sochi Olympics and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.

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Johnny Weir worked with Gannon during the men's events, and Lipinski worked with Gannon during the women's events.

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Tom Johnny Weir reported that the trio had generated the 10 best weekday daytime audiences in NBC's history.

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Johnny Weir depended on Lipinski for support in Sochi, which helped them bond.

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Johnny Weir served as Lipinski's "bridesman" at her 2017 wedding to sports producer Todd Kapostasy.

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Johnny Weir, along with Lipinski and Gannon, was an analyst at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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In 2018, the Washington Post reported that viewers' responses to Lipinski and Johnny Weir were mixed; some considered them "Olympic darlings–a one-stop shop for knowledge, sass and brass", while others found them "mean, obnoxious, and distracting".

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Johnny Weir later said it was "the hardest event I've ever had to cover".

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Johnny Weir's partner was first-time pro dancer Britt Stewart, the first Black female pro dancer on the show.

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In 2019, he and his brother Brian “Boz” Johnny Weir competed for charity on the Fox network reality show MasterChef.

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Also in 2019, Johnny Weir competed on season two of The Masked Singer as "Egg", before being eliminated in the first week.

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Johnny Weir served as the U S commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 on Peacock.

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