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With an eye on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Johnny Weir announced he would be returning to competitive skating, yesterday, ESPN reports:
"I wanted to do this while I still have the time," the three-time U.S. champion said at a news conference in Manhattan. "I didn't want to be 50 years old and look back and say, 'Oh, those last two years before Sochi and I kind of let them go doing other things."
Weir said he will give up drinking and attending movie premieres for serious practice, mostly at a rink in Hackensack, NJ:
He plans to work hard on his quad, the all-important element in men's skating these days. Not only are all the top men doing quads, but world champion Patrick Chan has two in his free skate.
Weir has tried them in competition but struggled to land them cleanly.
"So I can actually be a real threat and not show up as just kind of a face of figure skating," Weir said of perfecting the four-revolution jump. "I want to show up and be competitive and actually have people take this seriously. This isn't a publicity stunt."
(photo by Andrew Werner)
Johnny Weir would obviously prefer you be naughty this Christmas.
Listen to his freshly-dropped single, AFTER THE JUMP...
Evan Lysacek tells Us magazine that he "never should have answered" the recent question from MetroMix magazine on why Johnny Weir wasn't chosen for the "Stars on Ice" tour.
If you remember, Lysacek said, "'Stars on Ice' is really selective of who they hire and they only hire the best of the best to skate. It would’ve been hard of them to justify hiring him, and I think he was really upset because he wanted the financial benefit of the tour. A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen."
Lysacek tells Us: "[Johnny Weir] is an accomplished and talented skater...Since the Olympics, I've dealt with Johnny's questioning my integrity and sexuality, and I've never spoken out on my own behalf no matter how hurtful those things may have been. I should have known better...Best wishes and congratulations to Johnny as he opens the new season of Ice Theatre of New York. I wish him well in all of his future endeavors."
You may remember that in early March Johnny Weir was making headlines after he was rejected from the "Stars on Ice" tour for not being "family friendly" enough (read: too gay). The snub inspired action from GLAAD and a press conference in which Weir defended his individuality.
In a new interview, Evan Lysacek slams Weir for "whining" saying he wasn't chosen because he's just not good enough:
"'Stars on Ice' is really selective of who they hire and they only hire the best of the best to skate. It would’ve been hard of them to justify hiring him, and I think he was really upset because he wanted the financial benefit of the tour. A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen."
Writes Outsports: "No Evan, Johnny wasn’t whining. He was reacting to perceived homophobia. But I guess you wouldn’t know anything about that, since you’re straight as an arrow. At least Evan left this little gem for us in the interview… "'Last question: Are you seeing anyone? I’m single. The reason, well…(laughs)…I’m limited to who I can see. I’m dating in L.A., but I just haven’t found the right girl.'"
Cyd Zeigler of Outsports caught up with Johnny Weir, who is scheduled to appear at the GLAAD Awards in L.A. on Saturday and at a benefit for Equality California on Sunday.
Said Weir to Zeigler about recent articles that paint him as "two-faced" for never having said whether he's gay:
"What year do we live in? Is it not 2010? It’s not 1910. I think the time for labeling people has come to an end. Everyone needs to move on and live in a way that everyone can live together. Whatever your own personal life is, it doesn’t matter. It has no basis on who I am as a person. My sexuality isn’t something I keep sacred but it’s not something I need to defend. I am so thrilled that GLAAD did come to my defense, but it wasn’t only gay groups that came to my defense. For someone to criticize me for not saying yes or no to a question is silly."
Of course, Weir no doubt sees some value in what his sexuality would mean to people.
Writes Zeigler: "Weir told me that he will disclose much of his sexual past in a new autobiography that he is writing, which will come out in 2011. He said he’s using the book to tell the full story of Johnny Weir because he can control the message in the book, and because 'there are people out there who want to hear that story.'"