Johnny Weir officially retires – will be at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia as NBC commentator
US figure skating star Johnny Weir had been so vocal about going to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi that it was a huge surprise when he didn’t even try and qualify.
Johnny was one of the biggest opponents of a boycott due to Russia’s anti-gay laws despite he himself being gay.
Turns out he will be going to Sochi after all – as a retired skater and NBC sports commentator.
‘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,’ he said on The Today Show this morning. ‘If I get arrested, I get arrested; if not, great, but our presence is needed.’
Of his retirement, the 29-year-old Johnny said simply: ‘I got old.’