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3x-US figure skating champ Johnny Weir retires

Three-time US figure skating champion Johnny Weir retires

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2006 file photo, Johnny Weir shows off his gold medal after winning the mens free skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Champ...
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2010, file photo, USA's Johnny Weir  smiles following his free program during the men's figure skating competition at the Vanc...
FILE - In this May 1, 2010 file photo, figure skater Johnny Weir arrives for the 136th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky....
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2010 file photo, Johnny Weir performs during an exhibition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.  Weir ha...

Weir Retires Figure Skating

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2006 file photo, Johnny Weir shows off his gold medal after winning the mens free skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Champ...

Weir Retires Figure Skating

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2010, file photo, USA's Johnny Weir smiles following his free program during the men's figure skating competition at the Vanc...

Weir Retires Figure Skating

FILE - In this May 1, 2010 file photo, figure skater Johnny Weir arrives for the 136th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky....

Weir Retires Figure Skating

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2010 file photo, Johnny Weir performs during an exhibition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash. Weir ha...

NEW YORK (AP) -- Known as much for his outrageous costumes and comments as his intriguing skating, three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir retired from competition Wednesday.

Weir, who competed for 16 years, won the 2004, '05 and '06 U.S. titles and finished fifth at the 2006 Olympics and sixth in 2010.

Weir said he was inspired to become a figure skater by watching the great Russians perform. He was coached to much of his competitive success by Soviet-trained Galina Zmievskaya. He is married to a Russian, Victor Voronov.

"I am outlandish and flamboyant and all those things," Weir said. "There was a focus on all that in my career, which I am fine with, but there also was a little attention paid to how hard I actually worked and how much went into it and how I came back so many times."


Updated : 2021-01-18 13:04 GMT+08:00