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Johnny Weir Says Men's Figure Skating Is Not a 'Gay Sport'

Feb 8, 2010 – 11:30 PM
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Johnny WeirFlamboyant American figure skater Johnny Weir says it's a "misconception" that men's figure skating is a "gay sport."

In an interview that will air on HBO's Real Sports on Feb. 9, interviewer Frank Deford asks Weir: "Do you think the fact that some people dismiss figure skating as gay hurts the sport?"

Weir, a self-described "effeminate person" who likes "sparkly things," gets to the heart of what men don't like about the sport, and also takes a dig at America's favorite pastime.

"I know for the men's population of the United States, figure skating is a gay sport," but Weir adds, "there are so many straight athletes in figure skating."

But why do many American men really dislike the sport?

"I think it's the music and costumes that turn most men off," says Weir, who is known for his glitzy costumes. "They want to see spandex men hitting each other's ass and throwing a ball. It's very different," he says sarcastically.

On his Web site, Weir lists the New York Giants as one of his favorite teams. Other favorites listed include furs (chinchilla, sable, beaver), weather (rain, thunderstorms, full moons) and poets (Tolstoy, Pushkin).

As for his sexuality? He touched on it here. "I don't feel the need to express my sexual being because it's not part of my sport and it's private," Weir said. "I can sleep with whomever I choose and it doesn't affect what I'm doing on the ice, so speculation is speculation."

Weir, 25, a three-time U.S. national champion, will be vying for his first Olympic medal at the Vancouver Games, which start Friday.

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