Johnny Weir placed sixth in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and is determined to improve upon that result when the next Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia, in 2014.
Much has happened to the skating star since the last Olympics: He publicly came out as a gay man on the pages of his autobiography released in 2011; He became the star of his own reality show; and on New Year's Eve, he married Victor Voronov in New York City.
The three-time winner of the U.S. National Championships doesn't expect any of that to detract from his return to competitive skating after a two-year break from the sport.
'I miss the process of getting prepared for a competition,' he tells The Huffington Post in an interview published Friday (27 January) 'I miss being thin and hot and creative, and [having] all these juices flowing. While I'm still young enough to actually perform, represent my country and show the world my sparkle, I want to be able to do it.'
Despite placing sixth at the last Olympics, Weir felt he had given the 'performance of a lifetime.' He felt he was at a disadvantage having to step on to the ice after eventual gold medalist Evan Lysacek had already competed and was assured of a medal.
Weir also endured homophobic remarks made about him by French-language broadcasters Claude Mailhot and Alain Goldberg who had said Weir hurts figure skating’s image and that he should be made to take a gender test.
But the 27-year-old is undaunted and this time, will compete for Olympic glory with a supportive husband by his side.
'He actually pushed me more than anyone else to return,' Weir said of Voronov. 'He's like, 'I want to see what you can do...I want to be proud, I want to cheer.''