Gay ice skater Johnny Weir has announced his retirement today (23 October).
Speaking on the NBC’s Today show, he announced he had officially retired from competitive skating and will not participate in the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
‘I got old,’ the 29-year-old offered as an explanation.
But he will also be joining NBC as an ‘expert figure skating analyst’ – commentating on the Winter Games.
When asked about Weir supporting the Olympics in the light of Russia’s gay propaganda laws, he said he will still speak out and risk arrest.
‘I’m a gay American. I’ve married into a Russian family. I’ve been a longtime supporter of Russia, the culture, the country, the language, everything about Russia,’ he said.
‘While this law is a terrible thing that you can’t be gay publicly in Russia, I plan to be there in full support of our brothers and sisters there and not be afraid.
‘If I get arrested, I get arrested; if not, great, but our presence is needed.
‘For all the Olympians that worked so hard, a boycott is just the worst thing that you could do to all these young people.’