Skater Johnny Weir retires, joins NBC

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Say goodbye to the over-the-top costumes and Lady Gaga music — Johnny Weir is retiring from competitive figure skating, the skater announced on Today this morning.

But while he’s hanging up his skates, he isn’t disappearing from the Olympics completely. Weir will be NBC’s new figure-skating analyst for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, meaning he’ll give commentary for NBC Sports as well as all NBC platforms during the Games.

During his announcement on Today, Weir also touched on the controversy surrounding Russia and its new anti-gay laws that have been decried by the international sporting community. “I’m a gay American,” he said. “I’ve married into a Russian family. I’ve been a longtime supporter of Russia, the culture, the country, the language, everything about Russia. 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. If I get arrested, I get arrested; if not, great, but our presence is needed.”

Weir also touched on the idea of a boycott, explaining that was the wrong way to go about protesting the new law: “For all the Olympians that worked so hard, a boycott is just the worst thing that you could do to all these young people.”

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