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Kentucky Derby: California Chrome won, but so did Johnny Weir

California Chrome, the favorite going into the 140th Kentucky Derby, won the Race for the Roses on Saturday. But he also turned in a great performance meeting NBC duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski in a pre-taped segment. Watch a highlight below in which Weir reads the ingredients of Chrome’s lucky cookies to the horse. (Chrome nipped at Weir, which is why Lipinski later picked him to win.)

Also below, a look at Weir’s hat, which did not disappoint, and another must-see moment (when Weir describes Wildcat Red’s breath).


'Late Night': Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski critique skaters at 30 Rock rink -- VIDEO

Former Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski can pretty much talk about anything and we’ll pay attention. The standout stars of NBC’s 2014 Olympics coverage brought engaging insight and fabulous, often coordinated fashion to their figure skating play-by-play in Sochi last month. Weeks after the closing ceremonies, they’ve parlayed their popularity as BFF correspondents into other gigs, including red carpet commentary at the Oscars. On Friday, Seth Meyers enlisted the duo to critique (unwitting) participants in Late Night‘s inaugural 30 Rock Lunchtime Figure Skating Olympics — and it was spectacular.

Weir champions the on-ice texting style of one skater (“That is moxie!”), while Lipinski is taken by the “childlike wonder” one young girl brings to each fall. But keep an eye out for the “bad boy of figure skating,” a favorite for gold. (Seriously, if you’re skating at 30 Rock, you really need to watch out for this guy.)

Skater Johnny Weir retires, joins NBC

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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