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One of the superstars of figure skating, Johnny Weir is a three-time U.S. champion, a two-time Olympian and a World Championships medalist.
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Born on July 2, 1984, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Johnny Weir was 11 years old when he first learned to skate. In 2001, he won the World Junior Championships. He later won three U.S. Figure Skating Championships titles and competed in two Winter Olympics. Off-ice, he's appeared in several films and television programs, as well as hosted his own reality TV series, Be Good Johnny Weir.
"I'm not ashamed to be me. More than anyone else I know, I love my life and accept myself."
John Garvin "Johnny" Weir-Voronov was born on July 2, 1984, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Shy and unassuming as a kid, Weir struggled to fit in with other kids his age.
"I was the awkward, skinny, smart, driven kid," Weir once recalled. "I was an honor roll student. I spoke fluent French. I was a bit antisocial. I can't say that I had a really booming social life."
His mother, Pamela Weir, worked as a home inspector, while his father John Weir, a former high school linebacker, hardly worked at all. He was injured in a car accident the year of his son's birth and hurt his back, forcing him to go on disability.
Weir was already 11 years old when he first strapped on a pair of skates and tried to make his way around patches of ice in the backyard of his home in rural Quarryville, Pennsylvania. Within a week he was performing a successful axel jump.
While not flush with disposable income, Weir's parents supported his skating as best they could. And they watched in astonishment as their son quickly moved up through the ranks. Within a year of Weir first getting involved in the sport, the family moved to New Jersey so he could live closer to his coach and rink.
Just five years after first trying on a pair of skates, Weir won the gold medal at the 2001 World Junior Championships. Three years later, Weir won his first U.S. Figure Skating Championship, a title he defended successfully in 2005 and 2006.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Weir proved to be a star. Journalists flocked to the media-savvy Weir, a veritable quote machine who ended up finishing fifth overall. Four years later, at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, Weir finished sixth.
Widely considered figure skating's most outspoken and controversial athlete, Weir has gotten into verbal tussles with fellow Olympic skater Evan Lysacek. At the 2010 Games he upset anti-fur activists by stating his desire to incorporate fur into his skating costume.
His love of the limelight, however, has led to plenty of off-ice opportunities, including his own reality TV show, Be Good Johnny Weir.
In 2011, after years of speculation about his sexuality, Weir admitted he was gay. He made the announcement through his biography, Welcome to My World. A little less than a year later, on December 20, 2012, Weir married his boyfriend, Victor Voronov, in New York City.
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