Johnny Weir is a figure skater.
Soon after Weir began skating at the age of 12, his family moved to Newark, Delaware so he could be near his training rink and coach. In the summer of 2007, Weir moved to Lyndhurst, New Jersey and began training. Weir was an honor roll student at Newark High School and studied linguistics part-time at the University of Delaware before dropping out to concentrate on skating. Johnny Weir is a self-proclaimed Russophile who admires the skating style and culture of Russia to the point of teaching himself to speak and read the language. He also speaks some French. In July 2008, the United States Figure Skating Association and Skating Magazine announced Weir as the winner of the 2008 Reader’s Choice Award for Skater of the Year, an annual trophy voted upon by skating fans and awarded to the American skater or skating team whose achievements were of the highest merit in the previous season. In 2010, Weir won this award again.
In that same year, a main-belt asteroid was discovered in 1995 by T. V. Kryachko. It was officially named after the skater at the suggestion of his Russian fans. In the 2009 Grand Prix season, Weir finished a disappointing fourth at Cup of Russia after doubling several of the triple jumps in both his short and long programs, but two weeks later rallied to win silver at the NHK Trophy while suffering from a cold and sinus infection. This qualified Weir for the 2009-2010 Grand Prix Final in Tokyo, Japan, where he won the bronze medal. Weir won the bronze medal at the 2010 U.S. Championships in Spokane, Washington and was subsequently named to the U.S. team for the Olympics.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Weir finished sixth overall, with a new personal-best combined score of 238.87. Weir did not compete during the 2010–2011 season and confirmed in June 2011 that he would also miss the 2011–2012 season, while suggesting a competitive return was still possible. In January 2012, Weir stated his intention to return to competition in the 2012–2013 season. Weir also said that he would continue to work with Galina Zmievskaya, Viktor Petrenko, and Nina Petrenko at the Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey. In May 2012, Weir was assigned to two 2012 Grand Prix events, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup and the 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard. Johnny returned to competition at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy.
Due to an injury to his right hip, Weir withdrew from the 2012 Rostelecom Cup after the short program and the 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard before the start of the event. Weir decided not to compete at the 2013 U.S. Championships. In September of that year, U.S. Figure Skating announced that Weir had not registered for qualifying events to the 2014 U.S. Championships, where skaters compete for Olympic berths. On October 23, 2013, Weir announced his retirement from competitive skating and that he would join NBC Olympics as a figure skating analyst for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
Filmmakers created a multiple-episode TV series entitled “Be Good Johnny Weir.” Season one aired on the Sundance Channel in early 2010. The series moved to Logo in 2012 for season two. Johnny also serves on the Board of Governors of nPlay, a nonprofit organization devoted to fighting childhood obesity and promoting a healthy lifestyle for young people.
How Johnny Weir Made His Money – Skating and misc. ventures
Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million
Birthday: July 2, 1984