Men's figure skater 'Good' Johnny Weir on Sundance, Jan. 18
By April MacIntyre Jan 17, 2010, 17:46 GMT
USA\'s Johnny Weir performs his short program at the Cup of Russia ISU Grand Prix figure skating event in Moscow, Russia, on 23 October 2009. EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV
The sports world has had several outspoken stars over the years: Muhammed Ali, Bobby Riggs, Kimbo Slice and now Johnny Weir, an American men's figure skating champion, described by some as a 'Liberace meets Bruno' fusion of diva-like drama who delivers the goods on the ice.
A smalltown Pennsylvania boy, Johnny Weir excelled in school, learning Russian and studying linguistics before his expanding skating career took him away from college. Johnny was the U.S. champion from 2004 through 2006. Ranked eight in the world, Johnny is currently going for a spot on the Olympic team
Now Weir will be front and center in an eight-part Sundance Channel original documentary series. "Be Good Johnny Weir" explores Johnny's world and all the trimmings as the three-time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion and World Medalist takes us inside his private life.
The series airs Mondays at 10:30pm e/p beginning January 18.
The series is a portrait of an athlete whose personality is expansive, witty, sharp as the multi-talented Weir can maneuver the New York fashion world as easily as he performs on the ice.
His candid, irreverent and humorous responses at press events combined with the chops to pull off amazing athletic feats makes Weir a watchable event.
Weir loves to shine, literally. His sparkly, self-designed "onesie" costumes and odd get-ups use oiled-up Lycra, sassy tasseled pink epaulets and enough rhinestones and glitter to cover the Rockettes.
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