Johnny Weir to Sit Out Remainder of Season

(12/7/12) - Johnny Weir, a two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion, announced today he will end his season after deciding not to compete at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships Jan. 20-27 in Omaha, Neb.

Weir did not compete for two seasons after the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Last January, he announced his intention to return to competitive figure skating. He received two ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series assignments this fall, but withdrew due to a hip injury after the short program Nov. 10 at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. He also withdrew from Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris the following week. Weir began the season with a fourth-place finish at 2012 Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland.

"It is with deep regret that I announce my withdrawal from the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships," Weir said. "Since my return to competition this fall, I have worked very hard to compete this season with many obstacles and detours, but I made good on my promise to return to competition and I am very proud of that. My performances so far have not been to my satisfaction and, combined with the stress of competing, I feel that I need to take a step back, prepare more and be ready for the Olympic season beginning next fall."

Weir trains in Hackensack, N.J., with coach Galina Zmievskaya.

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