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Whaaaat?

Olympic figure skater and all-around fabulous human being Johnny Weir has officially announced his retirement from ice skating — at least for the next year.

His statement reads:

My dearest fans,

I would like to officially announce that I am withdrawing my name from the 2010-2011 competitive season. 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. There are many projects that I’m currently working on and that I want to devote my time to, including my single, "Dirty Love," my fashion line, "Be Unique," and my quarter-century memoirs to be published with Gallery Books. I’m also working on the second season of my hit reality TV series, and of course skating in shows around the world and producing my own skating spectacular.

I want to thank so many people: My mom, Patti; my coaches, Galina Yakovlevna Zmievskaya, Viktor Vassilievich Petrenko, and Nina Leonidovna Petrenko; my choreographer, David Wilson; my agent, Tara Modlin, and Fireworks Sports Marketing; and my friends, family, and most of all my fans. I skated for my fans this season, and I was able to skate because of them. They gave me inspiration every day in practice and helped in so many ways to get me back to the Olympics for the second time. I am forever in your debt.

The main reason for my decision is to have more time to reinvent my skating. I want to create a new skating image for myself so that when I return to competitive skating, I can perform in a way that is both unique and inspiring. I say all of this in hopes that I will return as a competitor for the 2011-2012 season.

At twenty-six years old, I have been competing at the highest level of the sport since 2000. Training and competing have been my only way of life for the past thirteen years. While it has been a magical journey, I feel that a brief hiatus will be truly beneficial to my skating and my future.

Although I’m taking a break from competitive skating, I still hope to be on the ice as often as possible, training and performing for my many fans around the world. I have even selected music for my next competitive programs and am already dreaming up costumes.

While my eyes are currently focused on many different projects, my brain will never forget about the Sochi Olympics in 2014. It would be a dream for me to compete in an Olympic Games in Russia, and I think one thing my fans know about me is that I don’t give up on a dream easily.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me. I hope to be performing for you very soon. I believe this is the right step for me to make in my career at this time, and I am very proud of everything I have accomplished so far in my life as a figure skater.

Thank you.

-Johnny Weir

Well he may be taking a hiatus from skating, but it sounds like we'll be seeing a LOT more of Johnny Weir with all of those projects he's handling!

Exciting!

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56 comments to “Johnny Weir Retiring?!”



  1. 1

    if this fool wasn't gay, I'd bet my cherrios mario wouldn't give 2 shits about him and he'd never be posted about………………



  2. 2

    Christ, you long-winded queen.



  3. 3

    and people want to know if he's gay because, you know, it's not obvious or anything.



  4. 4

    Re: Jazz-hands Chaz
    HAHAHAHAHA



  5. 5

    Exactly. It's not like mr Weir is the best figure skater to every hit the ice.

    Hi I'm Perez I only like celebs who are gay or support gays. If I think your gay I will harass your ass until you come out of the closet. Nice to be a bully.



  6. 6

    Maybe she s getting that sex change operation…



  7. 7

    Perfect example of a mid(maybe) range celeb who thinks way more of himself than anyone else. Funniest thing of all - he's walking away from the thing that made him famous. Let's face it, he only has maybe another good year or two in him, and then some newer/younger/ less totally gay athlete will be kicking his ass all over the place.



  8. 8

    Re: April 20th

    I'm gay and I agree with you!



  9. 9

    so basically when all of his "projects" fail, he'll return to figure skating where he's an established failure. it's funny how the real nobodies, i.e. weir, create these larger than life personas of themselves to prove something to a world that couldn't care less if u lived or died! sad but true…keep looking the fool that u are and u can be a local celebrity in ur hometown of "nobody cares but you".



  10. 10

    Wish I had a gun



  11. 11

    Re: Jazz-hands Chaz – HAHA!!!!…nice!!



  12. 12

    Re: derek78

    so true. he was a nobody in figure skating and made a name for himself by being outlandish. he will be forgotten like all the other skaters in history who didn't win a world or olympic title. he was never close to being a champion.
    and his style is horrible. gay white trash all the way.



  13. 13

    also, he has no chance at even making the team for sochi. kim yu-na skates more difficult programs than this one.



  14. 14

    sex change time? wonder if he can skate with tit's



  15. 15

    He gave it his all and couldn't even make it into the top 5. Can you call it retiring when you aren't good enough anymore?



  16. 16

    and why is he such a shitty dresser - hasn't anyone told him he's gay - I'm just kidding



  17. 17

    Johny always crumbles under pressure and makes tons of excuses for it.
    He is a drama queen and it seems like he desperately wishes for the days of CLub Kids that are long gone by.
    Sad.



  18. 18

    wtf-he's singing now? he is ridiculous



  19. 19

    A single? A fashion line? A memoir? A reality show?
    .
    I hadn't even heard of this second rate skater until his big beef at the Olympics with Evan Lysacek and now he is pimping himself as some super entrepreneur like Diddy?
    .
    I'll stop laughing in a few minutes…no really. Few more.



  20. 20

    you accidentally said "fabulous human being" … I think you meant "complete asshat of a human being"



  21. 21

    good for him, now he can spend more time with his dad, pee wee herman.



  22. 22

    My dear God, Johnny Weir retiring from skating?

    Life just isn't worth living anymore!



  23. 23

    I stopped reading after the first paragraph, lol. I got so excited hearing he was going away, but then felt discouraged when he said all he would be doing in place of it. I was hoping to never see this loser again. :( Hopefully once he's out though, he'll never go back. In that year some other dude will become more gay…oops, I mean famous, and take his place. I can hope, right? If his "song" hits the airwaves, I'll have to voluntarily go deaf.



  24. 24

    yawn… this queen grinds down on my LAST GAY NERVE… who cares…



  25. 25

    WHO F*CKING CARES!!! God I can't stand this pathetic piece of garbage, he is nothing but a unethical self-centered queen. Killing animals and wearing their fur for "fashion" is absolutely unnecessary and barbaric not to mention completely tacky. And to be unapologetic or even remotely humane with his response as to why he continues to wear animals as clothes is disturbing and borderline demented. Just like he doesn't care about animal rights, I couldn't care less about him. DISSAPEAR YOU ICE TWIRLING FUR F*G.



  26. 26

    You ARE Adorable !
    Love you !



  27. 27

    FULL OF HIMSELF, and other perverts' ding-dongs! [barfing and bored]



  28. 28

    THANK YOU GOD GOOD RIDDANCE!!!



  29. 29

    How will he support his GROSS fur habit…what a drama queen.

    Oh and "hit-reality" show…gimme a break. it was on f'ing Sundance (or IFC, can't remember - see )channel . No one saw his show!



  30. 30

    "all-around fabulous human". What a load shit.



  31. 31

    Buh-bye. Buh-bye now. Buh-bye. Miss you much. Buh-bye. Buh-bye now. Buh-bye.



  32. 32

    oh
    figure skating
    that's why nooone cares



  33. 33

    PEREZ you are SUCH A FUCKING HYPOCRITE!!!!!! to say this self-admitted "FUR LOVING" asshole is an ALL AROUND FABULOUS BEING????????? yet you SLAM EVERY OTHER CELEB THAT EVEN ****DARES**** to wear anything CLOSE to real fur???????????? FUCK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you're showing your TRUE COLORS, LOSER.



  34. 34

    I wish him well, as I'm certain he will do.



  35. 35

    Full steam ahead, Johnny! Your fans love you and will support you in whatever you decide to do. Remember, your first duty is to yourself and then your family and then your fans. Take care of yourself and your needs first, and hope to see you on the ice soon. YOu are so special and so unique and talented. I love you! Good luck in all your future endeavours!



  36. 36

    Ugh, this guy totally gets on my nerves….



  37. 37

    Johnny, I am so sad to hear you won't be competing, but then again I'm not sad to see you won't be putting up with all the federation BS this season. Please remember that your first duty is to yourself and to take care of yourself first before you worry about your fans. Your real fans love you and support you, and we will still be here for you. Much luck with all your future endeavours and ignore all the assholes.



  38. 38

    BARF!! I hope he steps in a leg hold trap!!



  39. 39

    Re: WheresMyKoppy – Johnny can't ignore all the assholes - he likes to eat 'em!



  40. 40

    Irrelevant



  41. 41

    looks like peewee herman



  42. 42

    The 'all around fabulous human being' proudly says he knows how animals suffer and die for his fur coats and he doesn't give a damn. The 'all around fabulous human being' has a character lacking empathy for other living things and is a HEARTLESS PRICK. If he'd slay a cute, helpless small animal for vanity's sake without caring, he'd rip up ANYBODY to get his selfish way, including you or I.



  43. 43

    maybe hes taking a year off to finally get the sex change operation he has been craving for since birth. then he can compete in the womens team for 2014.



  44. 44

    Good for him. He's amazing :] A true athletic icon



  45. 45

    I'm appalled by the amount of homophobia on this website. This website is run by a gay man. Please go to FoxNews . com if you want bigoted coverage.



  46. 46

    Who cares



  47. 47

    Re: SeedyPetee

    Why don't you try practicing random acts of intelligence and senseless acts of self control?



  48. 48

    Re: Laroccakiddd

    The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good



  49. 49

    Re: Spindoc

    He's better then you give him credit. You ever heard of Politics? The skating world is full of them. It's basically turned in the World Wrestling Federation.



  50. 50

    Re: Chris83

    Wearing fur is Johnny's CHOICE. You have a CHOICE to LEAVE him ALONE. A don't see you focusing on ANY of these issues:

    North American Wolves being Destroyed
    Whales being killed
    Sarah Palin Killing Wolves and Bears from Helicopters
    Sarah Palin's nature show
    Gulf Oil Spill
    Sea Turtles Being Burned Alive
    Endangered Tigers
    Endangered Big Cats
    PETA Kills Animals –> www.petakillsanimals.com

    I think Your Priorities are screwed up.



  51. 51

    Good riddance, drama whore.



  52. 52

    Re: blackren101 – PREACH. :D

    P.S: Johnny is awesome, suck it, haters. :)



  53. 53

    As a skater I give him so much respect for taking the season off. He is putting so much at risk, which takes guts. It also takes guts to be different and nonconforming in a sport like figure skating. But it is unfortunate that he puts his sexuality at the forefront of his image. People seem to forget he's an amazing athlete because their judgement is clouded by what they see off the ice. I mean…3-time consecutive U.S. Champion, Junior World Champion, 2-time Olympic competitor, World Bronze Medalist, the list goes on. I wish people could put the image aside (which I know is hard because it's SO THERE) and just give him credit for his skating!



  54. 54

    And is it possible to believe that maybe Perez posted this for reasons besides his sexuality? Like the fact that Johnny is a world-class skater coming close to retirement? If Evan Lysacek (straight) did the same thing I think Perez still would've posted something.



  55. 55

    Re: blackren101 – HEY! DUH-DUH-DUH-FANGIRLIE! Maybe I'm not focusing on those issues you've listed because (gasp! guess what?!) THIS IS NOT AN ARTICLE ABOUT THOSE ISSUES! THIS IS AN ARTICLE ABOUT 'MR. FUR PRIDE'! I never said I was a supporter of Sarah Palin–I can't stand her, and I most certainly have spoken out against her many times. Yes, the issues you've listed are issues, but they do not change the fact that your loverboy's selfish character lacks concern, consideration, and empathy for other living things. You're right in that it's indeed his 'CHOICE'; he's 'CHOSEN' to be a heartless prick in public, and people have a right to find fault with that. And before you attribute any of that fanatical nut-job shit to me, no, I'm not saying he should 'die' for his prickery or be harassed with threats! YOU need to get your priorities unscrewed, not me! YOU need to prioritize the fact that he's got no empathy or compassion above that he's got pretty lashy eyes and a hot, swishy, cushy ass you'd love to slam your face in and munch at till your jaw hinges seize up!



  56. 56

    Re: blackren101 – Why don't you try practicing random acts with a dildo and senseless acts with a buttplug? Johnny's got a CLOSET full. Pun intended.