Two-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir is retiring from competitive figure skating. He made the announcement on “Today,” while also revealing he was joining the NBC Olympics team as a figure skating analyst.
As for why he’s hanging up the skates, Johnny says, “I get old and you have to find the time to say thank you and goodbye.” Weir also talked about becoming an Olympic commentator at such a turbulent time.
The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Russia, a country that has come under fire in recent months for anti-gay laws that have been enacted. It is now illegal to spread “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” to minors, which covers public discussion of homosexual rights and relationships.
“I’m a gay American. I’ve married into a Russian family. I’ve been a longtime supporter of Russia, the culture, the country, the language, everything about Russia,” Johnny says. “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 says he’s willing to risk being arrested if it comes to that, adding, “For all the Olympians that worked so hard, a boycott is just the worst thing that you could do to all these young people.”