July 9, 2010 |
U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir is skipping the 2010-11 season. A three-time U.S. champion (2004-06) and two-time Olympian, Weir is known as much for his outlandish costumes and frank comments as his short and long programs. "My decision comes after months of weighing the pros and cons of competing this season, and I have decided that I need a year to explore and reinvent myself as an athlete and artist," the 26-year-old Weir said yesterday. "There are many projects that I'm currently working on and that I want to devote my time to. " Weir will concentrate on careers in fashion and singing, and has a memoir that will soon be published.
November 26, 2006 |
Brian Joubert of France took his second Grand Prix gold medal of the year, beating Coatesville native Johnny Weir by more than 40 points with an exuberant free skate yesterday in the Cup of Russia in Moscow. Joubert won the free skate with 160.23 points and received an overall 237.83. Runner-up Weir got a total of 196.28 after finishing fifth in the free skate with 121.18. In the women's event, Sarah Meier of Switzerland easily won the free skate over Hungary's Julia Sebestyen, 159.17 points to 146.75, to earn the gold medal.
January 26, 2007 |
You didn't need to know a salchow from a sit-spin to tell who was leading after yesterday's men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. All you had to do was watch how Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir concluded their performances. Lysacek, the confident challenger, ended his near-flawless skate with a flurry of emotional fist-pumping that ignited the Spokane Arena crowd. Meanwhile, Weir, the three-time and defending champion from Chester County, spat out a Russian curse word he refused to translate.
October 25, 2007 |
Sometimes the life of world-class figure skaters is as rigid and unyielding as the surfaces they glide atop. Arenas and airports. Hotels and handshakes. Exhibition tours and grueling competitions. And always the pursuit of perfection in a practice schedule as dizzying as a sitz-spin. That's why this off-season, which will end this weekend with Skate America 2007 in Reading, was so much fun for Evan Lysacek. "The Champions on Ice Tour ended early this fall, so we had a little more time for other things," Lysacek said earlier this week.
January 28, 2008 |
If this had been hockey, the icy duel between Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek might have been decided in a shoot-out. Instead, the intriguing men's competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships ended in sudden death - the sudden, strange and, for him at least, stunning death of Weir's dream of a fourth national title. The two skaters - rivals but, as Weir made clear, not friends - wound up with the exact same total score, down to two decimal points, 244.77, something thought to be a virtual impossibility in the sport's complex new judging system.
February 20, 2006 |
Sitting in front of a fire in a ski lodge in Cournmayeur, the picturesque Italian mountain village where she has been living and practicing for a week, Kimmie Meissner watched Johnny Weir's performances closely. The 16-year-old saw her former University of Delaware Figure Skating Club colleague skate a beautiful short program and then, after missing a bus from the athletes' village, self-destruct in the free skate. So what did she learn? "I learned to study the bus schedule real good," Meissner said yesterday.
March 15, 2005 |
Johnny Weir's long-shot hope of upsetting Russia's Evgeny Plushenko at this week's World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow must now bear another handicap. After finishing fourth yesterday in his qualifying group, and sixth overall, the reigning U.S. champion revealed that he was skating with an injured left foot. U.S. Figure Skating Association officials said the extent of his injury, which surfaced during the Chester County native's final workouts for the Russian event, had not yet been determined.
January 17, 2005 |
A pair of bright blue sneakers had replaced his skates as Johnny Weir, his costume's spangles shimmering like stars in the dim Rose Garden corridor, walked alone Saturday night. Far behind, a friend called out for him to wait. The Chester County skater, still lost in the reverie of the second straight U.S. championship he'd won just hours before, never stopped. Weir, in his mind at least, already was moving toward his next challenge, March's World Championships in Moscow. There, with a new scoring system that supposedly will reward his versatility, the 20-year-old American will take aim at Evgeni Plushenko, the defending world champion who looms like a great wall in his psyche.
January 13, 2005 |
Johnny Weir knows that if he's going to make the jump, he's going to have to make the jump. But the quirky Chester County native said yesterday that he won't debut the one missing element - a quadruple jump - that could transform him into an Olympic favorite in the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships this week. "I don't have the quad for here," Weir said after his morning practice session on the Rose Garden Arena ice, adding that he plans to break it out during next month's Four Continents meet in South Korea.
February 9, 2006 |
It's hard to find the roots of Johnny Weir's flamboyance in the geography of his past. Coatesville, where America's best male figure skater was born to a pair of power-plant workers on July 2, 1984, is a gray, decaying steel town in whose shot-and-beer taverns salchows and sit-spins rarely get discussed. And his hometown of Quarryville, just beyond the Chester County border in Lancaster County, is a farming community where the stark attire of its Mennonite and Amish residents provides a striking contrast to the outlandish outfits Weir favors.