Flamboyant figure skating champion and former Lyndhurst resident Johnny Weir will be hanging up his skates.
The 29-year old Weir has announced his intentions to leave the sport to join NBC’s Winter Olympics team for the Sochi games.
The Washington Post suggests that Weir may want to use his new position to offer his views Russia’s anti-gay laws, which have already been a major point of discussion. Weir is married to a Russian man.
“While this law is a terrible thing that you can’t be gay publicly in Russia, I plan to be there in full support of our brothers and sisters there and not be afraid,” Weir commented, according to advocate.com. "If I get arrested, I get arrested; if not, great, but our presence is needed."
Weir also retired because he questioned his own fitness level to compete. He wanted to skate in the Sochi games because he had been inspired to become a figure skater by watching great Russian performances and wanted to make a comeback there, according to an Associated Press report in the Boston Herald. But when Weir realized he was not fit enough to compete, he took another direction.
The retirement may have come so Weir could spend more time in Russia. Weir speaks, reads and writes the language, has used Russian coaches and visited Russia many times. According to the New York Times, after the Olympics, Weir has plans to tour there with Russian gold medalist Yevgeny Plushenko.