Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Johnny Weir Chasing Fourth U.S. Title

Don't let the new North Jersey address fool you. Or the new Russian coaches. Or the new Russian choreographer. Or the new Russian music. Or the new Russian training regimen.
Johnny Weir, unlike the swan he portrayed in his most famous skating routine, is incapable of transformation.

Despite relocating, redesigning Team Weir and rededicating himself in an effort to win a fourth national title this week and an Olympic gold medal in 2010, the Coatesville-born figure skater remains what he has always been - as outspoken off the ice as he is graceful on it.

On his personal website and in a telephone interview before leaving for this week's 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Weir displayed his diva side, a catty candor that he acknowledged often turns people off.

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