Johnny Weir: He's Back!

Elina Paasonen
Johnny Weir

After a two and a half year hiatus from the amateur world, Johnny Weir took the first step in his return to the competitive arena at the Finlandia Trophy in early October.

While he was excited to show everyone what he has so far accomplished, Weir is not putting any pressure on himself to win at this stage. “I just want to show people that I am trying to be better, that I am trying to improve,” he said.

“This is my first competition in a very long time,” the three-time U.S. champion said prior to the short program in Espoo. “To be back under competition lights, back to hear- ing the announcement, ‘From the United States of America, Johnny Weir;’ that hasn’t happened in a very long time. It is definitely overwhelming.”

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Originally published in December 2012