Here's Johnny

By RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency


Johnny Weir is one of the more flamboyant and outspoken athletes in figure skating. (File photo)

When David Letterman joked three male figure skaters “tested fabulous” in Vancouver this week, he no doubt had the flamboyant American Johnny Weir in mind.

From mentally preparing to skate by watching episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta to pinning up Audrey Hepburn posters on the wall of his room in the Olympic village, the outrageous, self-proclaimed Lady Gaga of figure skating finished sixth behind Canadian Patrick Chan Thursday night after the free skate — and the Pacific Coliseum crowd jeered the judges’ decision.

He went to the press mixed zone afterwards wearing a crown of roses on his head.

“This is my medal,” he said.

All week, he was fascinating, hilarious, outspoken on every subject and lightened up a tense men’s competition.

Here, then, are the top five Johnny Weir quotes at the Vancouver Olympics

1. On the United States uniforms for the opening ceremony

“Wait until you see the white tights — the asses. If you think the Olympians have good asses already, they are on full display in white pants. We had a meeting and I was sitting next to the Bobsleigh girls and they were sitting there with their plates of food and stuff and we were all discussing underwear. I had some white and grey and stripy underwear on that day when I tried all the clothes and you could see them in the white tights and we were like, ‘Well, I’ll just free ball it.’”

2. On skaters being intimidated by the quad

“How old is Patrick Chan? 17? 18? I’m not intimidated, not by flowing blond hair. Not by a tanned face. I’m not intimidated by anything, except maybe PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) standing outside with a bucket of blood.” (PETA recently protested Weir’s use of fur in his costumes.)

3. On rooming with ice dancer Tanith Belbin

“Today, I am going to buy pink bath mats for the rooms. I am just going to make everything smell nice when Tanith gets in. I’ve got candles lit at all times. I’m a bit of a diva when it comes to living situations. I definitely couldn’t have roomed with one of the boys.”

4. On how he grew up

“You must always be yourself . . . take no prisoners. And you can’t care what anyone else thinks. So even when I was little I was playing on a soccer team and running the complete opposite way pretending to be a zebra, an ostrich or something. So I have always been like this.”

5. On how he prepares to skate

“I have plenty of rituals, but a lot of them are secret. Let’s just say I got my icons up in my room, my holy water is ready . . . I’m a World War II history buff and I watched a great show about Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin. Which one am I most like? Lady Gaga.

ryan.pyette@sunmedia.ca

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