Johnny Weir is taking his career off the ice. Rather than competing for gold, the decorated skater announced today he will join NBC’s Olympic team as a figure skating analyst.
The move comes after Weir’s retirement from the sport. For 16 years, Weir was a strong competitor, winning three consecutive U.S. titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and a bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships, as well as placing fifth at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and sixth at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
As an analyst, Weir joins a lineup of seasoned Olympic figure skaters for Sochi. He and 1998 gold-medalist Tara Lipinski will banter as analysts for NBC’s multi-platform figure skating coverage, while 2006 ice dancing silver medalist Tanith Belbin will be a reporter for NBC’s Olympic sports desk and present features for “The Olympic Zone,” a 30-minute show that will air on NBC affiliates daily.
“Johnny, Tara and Tanith have entertained judges and fans alike with their skill, style and charisma,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics in a statement. “We’re confident those same characteristics will entertain Olympic viewers this February.”