John M. Becker

Johnny Weir Missed Deadline, Won't Compete in Sochi

Filed By John M. Becker | September 17, 2013 9:10 PM | comments

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Tags: boycott, figure skating, International Olympic Committee, IOC, Johnny Weir, Olympics 2014, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian gay propaganda, Sochi, Sochi Olympics

johnny_weir_olbermann.jpgIt looks like Johnny Weir -- the flamboyant, openly-gay-yet-anti-gay figure skater who just didn't understand why so many people cared more about LGBT Russians than his Olympic dreams -- won't be traveling to the Sochi Olympics in February, except perhaps as a spectator.

Sports Illustrated reports:

U.S. Figure Skating confirmed Tuesday that Weir did not register for the qualifiers for the national championships, where the Olympic team will be selected. The deadline to register was Sept. 1.

Weir also is not eligible for a bye into nationals, which begin Jan. 9 in Boston. According to U.S. Figure Skating, only skaters who placed in the top five at last year's nationals, or won medals at the most recent Olympics or world championships, are eligible.

Weir has not competed since withdrawing from last year's Rostelecom Cup, his first Grand Prix event since the Vancouver Olympics.

The magazine notes that this likely means the end of Weir's amateur career. According to NBC Sports, Weir was considered a long shot for the team at best.


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