Weir to skip upcoming season

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. -- Three-time U.S. figure skating men's champion Johnny Weir has decided to skip the 2010-11 season.

Weir said he is taking time off to pursue other interests and concentrate on his skating technique.

"My decision comes after months of weighing the pros and cons of competing this season," said Weir. "I have decided that I need a year to rest and reinvent myself as an athlete and artist. I say this with the hope of returning as a competitor for the 2011-12 season."

Weir won three straight U.S. men's skating titles from 2004-06. He also finished second in 2008 and took third in 2007 and 2010.

"I believe this is the right step for me to make at this time in my career, and I'm very proud of everything I have accomplished so far in my life as a figure skater," Weir added.

Weir has already competed in the Olympics twice, finishing fifth at the 2006 Torino Games and sixth at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He could return for 2014 in Russia.

"It would be a dream come true for me to compete in an Olympic Games in Russia," Weir remarked. "I think one thing my fans know about me is that I don't give up on a dream easily."

Weir also has a bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships and was the 2001 World Junior champion.


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