PHOTOS: Johnny Weir, Competitive Career

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Johnny Weir, World Junior Championships, 2001, gold medalist.
Johnny did not start skating until the relatively late age of 12, when he taught himself how to skate on the frozen Amish-country cornfields behind his home. Just four years later, he was the World Junior Champion.


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Johnny Weir, US Figure Skating National Championships, 2004, gold medalist.
At age 19, Johnny was the youngest men’s champion since 1991.

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Johnny Weir, US Figure Skating National Championships, 2005, 2X gold medalist.
During the 2004-2005 Grand Prix season, Johnny also earned gold at NHK Trophy and Trophée Éric Bompard.

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Johnny Weir, US Figure Skating National Championships, 2006, 3X gold medalist.
Johnny was the first skater to win the men’s title three times in a row since Brian Boitano in the late 1980s.

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Johnny Weir, 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Torino.
Short Program: The Swan.
Free Skate: Otonal.

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Johnny Weir, 2008 World bronze medalist.
Johnny was the only member of Team USA to medal at Worlds that year.
During this Grand Prix season, Johnny also won gold at Cup of China and again at Cup of Russia.
He was the first American singles skater to become Cup of Russia champion.
He also won the US Figure Skating/Skating Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for Skater of the Year (Michelle Kwan Trophy).

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Johnny Weir, 2008 ISU Grand Prix Final bronze medalist.
With this achievement, Johnny became one of the few skaters to medal in every Grand Prix event.
During this Grand Prix season, Johnny also earned silver at Skate America and NHK Trophy.

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Johnny Weir, 2009 ISU Grand Prix Final bronze medalist.
Johnny earned his second trip to the Olympics during this season, and introduced his now legendary ‘Poker Face’ exhibition program.
He also won for a second time US Figure Skating/Skating Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for Skater of the Year (Michelle Kwan Trophy), becoming the first skater other than Michelle Kwan to win this award more than once.

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Johnny Weir, two-time Olympian: 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver.
Short Program: I Love You, I Hate You.

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Free Skate: Fallen Angel.

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My favorite moment of 2010, and of my life, really, was the final pose of my long program in the Vancouver Olympic Games. I had given up and gained so much to get to the point of total human oneness — an athlete, an artist, with my soul shining out of every pore of my body, with a world erupting all around me in applause, staring up to God — it was the moment of my life.

— Johnny Weir


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