Johnny Weir officially retires + officially joins NBC as skating analyst
Weir announced this morning that he officially has retired from competitive skating. (He was composed when he made this announcement, but obviously -- and understandably -- felt emotional as he said it aloud to the world.)
And ... he will be a figure skating analyst for NBC for the entire season -- including the Olympic Games.
He made these announcements this morning in a brief live interview on the Today show on NBC.
The final topic of the mini-interview: The NBC anchors noted that Weir is a gay American, and asked him about the Russian laws against gays.
I'm paraphrasing Weir's reply: He affirmed that he will be on the ground in Sochi for NBC, noted that he married into a Russian family, and said that he wants to support those in Russia, and "to not be afraid."
(Can't help adding that Weir looked very classy in a double-breasted dark blazer with a colorful scarf knotted around his neck. ETA: No live skating from Weir this morning on NBC. The Today show aired a little b-roll of Weir performing on the ice.)
For those in other time zones who want to see the Today interview, it took place right after the 8:30 half hour started.