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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 63: U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

In this episode, Tara and Johnny share stories from the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and talk about some of the top storylines from Nats heading into the Winter Olympics.

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Two-Time Olympian Johnny Weir Explains Why He Never Came Out While Skating, Praises Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy

People: Two-time Olympian Johnny Weir had nothing but praise for openly gay athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics — while simultaneously explaining why he was not publicly “out” during his time in competition.

The 33-year-old figure skater took to Twitter on Thursday to celebrate the courage of those athletes.

His message included applause for fellow figure skater Adam Rippon, who made history earlier this month when he became the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympian, and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who will know later this month if he has qualified. (Both men came out in 2015.)

As Rippon and Kenworthy have captured headlines, fans have questioned why Weir isn’t referred to as “out” during his Olympic showings. But as he revealed on Twitter Thursday, he wasn’t out “in the traditional sense.”

Weir will be at the Olympics too this year, commentating for NBC’s primetime figure skating coverage alongside fellow Olympian Tara Lipinski.

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NBC Sports Presents Coverage of the 2018 European Figure Skating Championships

NBC Sports: Two-time Olympian and five-time reigning European champion Javier Fernandez of Spain headlines the men’s field at the 2018 European FIgure Skating Championships, along with Russia’s two-time national champion Mikhail Kolyada. The ladies’ competition is expected to be led by two-time world champion Yevgenia Medvedeva, who has not competed since November due to a foot injury.

Terry Gannon, Johnny Weir, and Tara Lipinski will anchor NBC’s recap coverage of the 2018 Eurpoean Figure Skating Championships on Sunday, January 21, 3 pm ET.

The event is expected to be an Olympic tune-up for many athletes, though the Olympic Athletes from Russia have not yet been named for February.

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Johnny Weir for NBC Sports at the 2018 European Figure Skating Championships

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Johnny Weir Stars in Winter Carnival Skating Showcase at Bryant Park Jan. 26

Bryant Park: Celebrate winter: bundle up, embrace the chill, and join us for our annual Winter Carnival! Our popular Brewhouse, curling, and Silent Disco are back along with new additions like broomball, SkateFest, puppet shows for the kids, and more.

On opening night, Friday, January 26, beginning at 6 pm, enjoy professional skating performances for free! Starring Olympian and Winter Village Skating Ambassador Johnny Weir and athletes from Special Olympics New York.

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VIDEO — How Many Suitcases Will Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski Bring to #PyeongChang2018?

People: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, the figure skating commentators for the NBC Sports primetime booth at the 2018 Winter Olympics, sat down with PEOPLE to discuss just how many suitcases they are going to bring with them to PyeongChang.

“When we get there combined it’s like twenty-something suitcases.” Lipinski revealed to PEOPLE.

Added Weir: “We’re going to bring everything. We’re going to bring every shoe that we own.”

This is the first time that the duo will provide Olympic commentary for the NBC Sports primetime booth, but neither are new to Olympic competition. Weir is a two-time Team USA Figure Skating Olympian, and Lipinski became the youngest individual Olympic gold medalist ever with her figure skating win at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

BFFs Lipinski and Weir have gained popularity for their on-screen compatibility, straightforward commentary, and their fashion sense.

“Tara’s lucky because her clothes are about this big when folded,” Weir joked while holding up his hands just inches apart. “I mean, I’ve got big man sweaters.”

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VIDEO — This Celebrity Left Tara Lipinski & Johnny Weir Starstruck at the #GoldenGlobes

People: In their ‘One Last Thing’ segment, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski talk about the last time they were starstruck (and by whom), their last big splurges, the last song stuck in their heads, and more.

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VIDEO — Johnny Weir on ‘I,Tonya’ Movie: ‘I Don’t Like That We’re Almost Glamorizing’ What Happened

People: During a visit to PEOPLE Now, two-time Olympian Johnny Weir was asked about the film ‘I, Tonya’ and didn’t hold back from condemning the way it treats Nancy Kerrigan’s attack.

“I don’t like that we’re almost accepting or glamorizing what Tonya Harding and her people conspired to do to a fellow athlete,” he said alongside BFF Tara Lipinski, who will join him this year as a commentator for NBC’s primetime figure skating coverage during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“Had it happened to one of us, it would have ruined our lives,” Weir, 33, continued. “I don’t like that we’re kind of accepting that this happened and treating it as this circus freak show that was. It was two very real people’s lives.”

Weir told PEOPLE Now he felt the film told a false narrative that assumed Harding was the only athlete who rose from nothing.

“I didn’t grow up rich,” he said. “And Nancy Kerrigan herself was blue collar family outside of Boston. She’s portrayed often as this ice princess who had everything and Tonya had nothing. But you know, it’s everyone. It’s blue collar to fur collar in every sport. And I think that’s something that everyone needs to remember.”

“It’s not right to try and just take your competitor out,” he added. “You beat them on the field. You don’t beat them beforehand.”

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Olympic Skater Johnny Weir Won’t Be Seeing ‘I, Tonya’

WWD: Two-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir didn’t rush off the ice in Bryant Park Thursday night to catch ABC’s “Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story.”

During a phone interview Friday, Weir said he loves actors Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney so much that it is hard for him not to watch “I, Tonya.”

“But for me growing up in the world of skating, Tonya Harding is a villain. She’s not somebody that I want to support even in a backhanded way by going to a theater and purchasing a ticket to see the film.” Weir said.

“Nancy Kerrigan is a friend of mine and a dear friend at that. I would feel disrespectful to her by going and sort of publicizing this horrible act that Tonya Harding had some knowledge of and that Nancy Kerrigan was the victim of – especially now when there is so much focus and attention on assault of any kind, or discrimination of any kind.”

Weir continued, “People often forget that while Tonya Harding had a very abusive childhood and grew up with not a lot of money, Nancy Kerrigan didn’t have a lot of money either. There was so much made about their financial standing when they were young skaters and that that was what separated them. What separated them was a good person versus a bad person. I don’t think it’s right for Hollywood to accept Tonya Harding. I know that Tonya tried to shed some light on the situation but at the end of the day, Tonya Harding did a terrible thing and I don’t want to support it.”

He added, “If we’re going to applaud anybody, it should be Nancy Kerrigan, who is the victim of assault and rose up and earned an Olympic medal by working hard and not using a club to get ahead.”

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Johnny Weir at Bryant Park’s ‘Glitter, Glam & Gold with Johnny Weir‘ event Thursday, Jan. 11. Photo via Johnny’s Instagram.

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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 62: Faux #WinterOlympics

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

In this episode, Tara and Johnny talk about Tara’s faux Winter Olympics with her friends, Johnny’s New Year’s Eve, their trip to the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and more.

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VIDEO — Tara Lipinski & Johnny Weir on Ashley Wagner’s Olympic Heartbreak

People: Olympians Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are sharing their thoughts about fellow Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner, who spoke out last week after disappointing scores in the national championships kept her from a spot on Team USA at February’s Winter Games.

“We both really thought that she would be the U.S.’s biggest hope for a medal or on the podium or at least a really good finish,” Lipinski said during a joint appearance with Weir on People Now Thursday.

Wagner competed at the 2014 Olympics in Russia, earning bronze in the team event.

While Lipinski (an Olympic gold medalist herself) said on People Now that “I do think [Wagner’s artistic] score was judged a bit low,” Weir noted that losing is just part of such competitions.

“The Olympics are the biggest deal that there is in figure skating and in any niche sport, so you really have to field a team that’s going to do well,” Weir said. “But somebody’s feelings are always going to get hurt, that’s what sports are all about. If the Patriots lose to somebody, the Patriots’ feelings are hurt. It’s the same thing.”

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