I’m sad to see that such an outspoken athlete won’t be participating in the Olympics next year, but I know his reasons are valid. I hope he shows support in other ways.
Johnny Weir won’t be going to the Sochi Olympics.
At least, not as a skater.
U.S. Figure Skating confirmed Tuesday that the two-time Olympian did not register for the qualifiers for the national championships, where the Sochi team will be selected. The deadline to register was Sept. 1. The three-time U.S. champion can’t get a free pass to nationals, either. According to U.S. Figure Skating rules, only skaters who placed in the top five at last year’s nationals or who won medals at the most recent Olympics or world championships are eligible for byes.
Weir has not competed since withdrawing from last year’s Rostelecom Cup, his first major event since finishing sixth at the Vancouver Olympics. He did not return a text message asking for comment.
Two other former U.S. champions, Rachael Flatt and Alissa Czisny, are registered for the qualifiers. Flatt, the 2010 U.S. champion, and Czisny, who won in 2009 and 2011, missed last year’s nationals because of injuries. They would have to place in the top four at both their regional and sectional competitions to earn spots at the U.S. championships, which begin Jan. 9 in Boston.