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Two-Time Figure Skating Olympian Johnny Weir Selected For “Dancing With The Stars”

By Todd Kortemeier | Sept. 02, 2020, 12:47 p.m. (ET)

Johnny Weir performs during the 2016 'Amazing on Ice' on July 15, 2016 in Beijing, China.

 

Figure skating Olympians have historically had good luck competing on “Dancing with the Stars,” something two-time Olympian Johnny Weir hopes to continue on Season 29.

Weir was officially selected as the 34th U.S. Olympian to join the cast of the dancing competition show Wednesday and will look to become the fourth winner from the Team USA figure skating ranks since the show began in 2005. Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 singles gold medalist, won with partner Mark Ballas in Season 6, and 2014 ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis won with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy in Season 18. 

Most recently, 2018 team bronze medalist Adam Rippon won with partner Jenna Johnson on Season 26. Olympian Tonya Harding competed that same season, finishing third. Additionally, 2010 gold medalist Evan Lysacek was runner-up in Season 10.

Weir, 36, is a two-time Olympian, competing at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games and finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in men’s singles. Weir won three consecutive national championships from 2004 to 2006, the first skater to win three in a row since Brian Boitano won four in a row from 1984 to 1988. He was also a bronze medalist at the 2008 world championships.

Since retiring from competitive skating in 2013, Weir has become a regular broadcaster for NBC Sports. Weir and fellow Olympian Tara Lipinski have formed a popular duo on figure skating broadcasts at two Olympic Winter Games, and the pair have also appeared on other NBC Sports broadcasts together.

As usual, the rest of the “Dancing with the Stars” cast includes contestants from all forms of entertainment, from other athletes like longtime NBA center Charles Oakley to actress Anne Heche to viral sensation Carole Baskin from the Netflix documentary series “Tiger King.” Season 29 premieres on ABC Sept. 14.

Todd Kortemeier

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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