Daily Archives: October 23, 2013

Johnny’s World: The Ice

Falls Church News-Press: Seventeen years ago, it was freezing. Seventeen years ago, they were all snowed in by a terrible blizzard. Seventeen years ago, in Amish country Pennsylvania, if there was a blizzard you weren’t getting out of your house for at least a week because the land was forgotten by snow plows and salt trucks. Seventeen years ago, a sunny day came along where the ice that covered a bleak cornfield glistened in the late afternoon sun. Seventeen years ago, my feet were covered for the first time by leather and steel. Seventeen years ago, I took my first step onto the ice, in the most unlikely of circumstances, yet dressed head to toe in dreams.

For 17 years I have watched as my family and those closest to me have sacrificed, prayed, and applauded my journey. As a young person, I was able to connect on a very real level with my mother as I watched her see things that a girl from Oxford, Pennsylvania wouldn’t normally ever have the chance to see. I watched her eyes light up the first time she saw Red Square. I got to see the way her mouth puckered when she tasted her first French crêpe. I watched her glasses fog up when we ascended the Great Wall of China and we shared a disconcerting walk late at night through a tunnel in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. My mom hugged me through fences, cried with me over good and bad, and – audible maybe only to me – screamed every time I took the ice. Until now, I’d never told her I could hear her because I didn’t want her to stop. I had the incredible gift of showing my mother the world, and I worked hard to give her a son she could be proud of.

My brother and father watched from the sidelines for a long time as my mom and I jetted around the world. They attended funerals we couldn’t, enjoyed ski vacations while mama and I were in Norway, and raised the dogs we all got as a family just so I could chase a dream that was so unfathomable to everyone but us. Figure skating stole a lot of my childhood, and it also robbed me of much of the joy in helping to raise my little brother. My father has had health issues that I could never truly understand, as I was never around enough to console him or help him around the house. Though I grew up loving the men in my family, and having them love me, we never got to know each other as grown-ups.

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Johnny Weir’s Olympic Future: Goodbye Skates, Hello Microphone

ParadeJohnny Weir is taking his career off the ice. Rather than competing for gold, the decorated skater announced today he will join NBC’s Olympic team as a figure skating analyst.

The move comes after Weir’s retirement from the sport. For 16 years, Weir was a strong competitor, winning three consecutive U.S. titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and a bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships, as well as placing fifth at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and sixth at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

As an analyst, Weir joins a lineup of seasoned Olympic figure skaters for Sochi. He and 1998 gold-medalist Tara Lipinski will banter as analysts for NBC’s multi-platform figure skating coverage, while 2006 ice dancing silver medalist Tanith Belbin will be a reporter for NBC’s Olympic sports desk and present features for “The Olympic Zone,” a 30-minute show that will air on NBC affiliates daily.

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Slideshow — Johnny Weir Retires From Skating, Leaves Glitter in His Wake

Yahoo: Perhaps no figure skater in history has drawn more unlikely fans to become spectators of the sport than Johnny Weir-Voronov. But on Wednesday, the athlete-turned-author-reality-star-fashion-icon with a penchant for purses and fur announced his retirement from skating. “While I am not old, part of being a champion is knowing when your time is up,” he noted. He’ll become an Olympic correspondent for NBC at the Sochi Games (which is a whole other story…), and he’s become a fixture at red-carpet events, so this is far from the last we’ll see of him. But let’s toast Weir anyway, for brightening up our lives both on and off of the ice.

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Johnny Weir, Figure Skating’s Biggest Attraction, Retires

Yahoo Sports: Johnny Weir announced his retirement from competitive figure skating on Wednesday, with the sport’s most fascinating character hanging up his skates after a career that was never short of intrigue and controversy.

Weir will swap the ice for the commentary booth, where he will give his opinions for NBC during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, presumably with the same flourish and mischief that he has displayed for the last 10 years.

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Video — Johnny Weir Retires, Joins NBC Olympics As Figure Skating Analyst

Today Show: Two-time Olympic figure skater and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir is hanging up the skates and picking up the mic.

Weir is retiring from competition and joining NBC Olympics as a figure skating analyst for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, he announced on TODAY Wednesday.

The skating star, who is openly gay and married to a Russian man, also gave his take on Russia’s controversial Russian anti-gay laws.

Weir has been opposed to calls for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics because he feels it would negate the efforts of athletes who have worked hard to reach the Games.

If the video will not play, please watch on the NBC Today Show website here.

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Video — SportsDash: Johnny Weir Hanging Up the Skates

NBC Sports: Two-time Olympic figure skater and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir calls in to SportsDash to discuss the announcement that he made earlier today that he will be hanging up his skates and joining NBC Olympics as an analyst for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

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Johnny Weir Retires: Figure Skater Joins NBC For Sochi Olympics Coverage

Huffington Post: Known as much for his outrageous costumes and comments as his intriguing skating, Johnny Weir is leaving the ice for the broadcast booth.

He hopes to be just as offbeat and entertaining in his new career.

The three-time U.S. figure skating champion retired from competition Wednesday — he still plans to skate in shows — and will join NBC for its coverage of the Sochi Games.

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Johnny Weir Retires From Figure Skating, Joins NBC’s Olympics Coverage

Hollywood Reporter: Two-time Olympic figure skaterJohnny Weir has retired from the sport and will join NBC for its Winter Games coverage.

 Weir announced his retirement on Wednesday’s Today.

“I have lots of big news, and the first is a little bit sad and it’s kind of hard for me to say, but I’m officially retiring from competitive figure skating and ending my chance of going to a third Olympics this year,” Weir said on the NBC morning show.

Explaining his decision, he added, “I get old, and you have to find the time to say thank you and goodbye.”

He then thanked his mother, coaches and family for supporting him.

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‘I Looked Flawless’: Johnny Weir Scores His Skating Style

Today Show: Two-time Olympian Johnny Weir, who announced Wednesday on TODAY that he is officially retiring from the sport of figure skating and will join NBC Olympics as an analyst for the Sochi Games, has long been one of the most stylish athletes on the ice.

In his new capacity as an in-house expert, we asked him to channel the Olympic judging panel and “score” a selection of his past looks — all of which he designed himself — going back to 2004.

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Slideshow — Johnny Weir’s Most Outrageous Outfits

Yahoo Sports: Figure skater Johnny Weir officially announced his retirement. The three-time U.S. figure skating champion will hang up his skates and join the NBC team to cover the Sochi Olympics.

Weir is best known for his outrageous outfits on and off the ice. Take a journey through some of Weir’s wildest fashion statements outside of the rink. We can’t wait to see what he will be wearing in Sochi.

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