Figure Skating Champion
Johnny Weir — a three-time US champion, two-time Olympian, and World medalist — is one of the superstars of figure skating and an emerging pop-culture icon. Fans all over the globe love his elegant yet edgy style both on and off the ice, and the delicious unpredictability of what he’ll say — or wear, or do — next.
Remarkably, Johnny claimed his first senior US national championship in 2004, and successfully defended his title in 2005. In 2006, Johnny captured his third consecutive national championship, earning a spot on the US Olympic team. At his very first Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, Johnny placed an impressive second in the short program, and finished fifth overall. Johnny evolved as a media darling during the Games, and was described by many journalists as “the best quote at the Olympics.”
Johnny went on to win the bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships — the only medal won by a member of Team USA at that competition — as well as US Figure Skating’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Award for Skater of the Year (Michelle Kwan Trophy). Off the ice, he starred in Retribution Media’s documentary, Pop Star on Ice, which won the 2009 QFest Philadelphia Viewer’s Choice Award.
In 2010, Johnny made the US Olympic team for the second time and represented his country in the Olympic Games in Vancouver, once again capturing the hearts of millions. Post-Olympics, Johnny has put his fame to good use, balancing performances in skating shows around the world with appearances at various benefits and charity events across the US. He was the star of his own reality series, Be Good Johnny Weir on the Logo Network, for which he won the 2010 NewNowNext Award for Most Addictive Reality Star. Also in 2010, he again earned the Readers’ Choice Award for Skater of the Year, making Johnny the only skater other than Michelle Kwan to win this trophy more than once.
On October 23, 2013, Johnny announced his retirement from competitive skating in an appearance on NBC’s TODAY show, and was welcomed to the NBC broadcasting family in his new role as an expert figure skating analyst for the network’s figure skating coverage, including the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
In February 2014, Johnny traveled to Russia and provided hours of live commentary for NBC Sports Network on the figure skating events at the Winter Olympics. His concise, insightful, and witty analysis, coupled with the on-air charisma he enjoyed with broadcast partner Tara Lipinski—as well as their shared love of fashion—made the duo an Internet sensation. Their Instagrams — his, hers, and a shared account — quickly became a daily must-see for growing legions of fans. Demands for a promotion to prime time went viral.
Upon his return from Sochi, Johnny was tapped by Access Hollywood and TODAY to provide fashion commentary for the 2014 Oscars, where, along with Tara, he wowed on the red carpet. Much to his delight, he also was the subject of an SNL parody by Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons.
Brilliantly talented, unabashedly outspoken, always entertaining, and embraced by a following that spans the globe, Johnny continues to win the hearts of new fans with every appearance.