Johnny Weir to skip 2011-12 skating season

Johnny Weir at the Gay Pride 2011 Opening Night

Johnny Weir at the Gay Pride 2011 Opening Night "Purple Party" - VIP Room which was held at The West Hollywood Park in West Hollywood, California on June 10, 2011. (FayesVision/WENN.com)

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Three-time United States figure skating champion Johnny Weir has decided to skip the 2011-12 season for personal reasons.

Weir, the U.S. men's champion from 2004-06, said on his personal website that he plans to return to compete for a spot in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also sat out the 2010-11 campaign.

"I have dreamt of returning to competition for the upcoming season, but due to many obligations in my professional life, I will not be able to devote enough time to my training and my representation of the United States in international competition," Weir wrote.

"I still have a very competitive attitude, and after one more year off the competitive ice, I hope to return, and my team and I are already taking a very rigid approach to my schedule in 2012 so that I will have proper time to train for the figure skating high season."

In addition to his three U.S. crowns, Weir was the 2008 world bronze medal winner. He was fifth at the 2006 Olympics in Italy and sixth at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

Weir also won U.S. silver in 2008 and bronze in both 2007 and 2010.

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