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Who Is Johnny Weir?

Bet You Can't Guess Which Other Sport Figure Skater Johnny Weir Almost Chose Instead

The 2018 Winter Olympics are officially underway, and the only thing colder than the ice in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is Johnny Weir's sassy one-liners. His saucy commentary with Tara Lipinski quickly went viral, but that's to be expected with Johnny. Love him or hate him, you have to admit he's entertaining. This former Olympic figure skater always gives you something to talk about. Read on for five fun facts about Johnny.

He Is Legendary For Throwing Shade

"There's no one more judgmental than an ice skater," Weir said at the beginning of his Olympics broadcast on Feb. 8. At least he's being honest — maybe too honest? After Nathan Chen's fall, the former Olympian didn't hold back, calling it "the worst short program I've ever seen from Nathan Chen." Cold as ice, indeed.

He Is Gaga For Lady Gaga

Johnny is a confessed superfan of the singer/songwriter, and the similarities between the two are hard to deny. Johnny is quite the fashion plate, and whether you agree with his sartorial decisions or not, he always makes a bold statement — just like his icon, Lady Gaga. They both live to thrill and shock (with their wardrobes in particular), are both mega talented, and are unafraid of pursuing their own unconventional styles. Johnny even paid tribute to Mother Monster in a rousing skate to her hit "Poker Face."

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He Grew Up Ice Skating in a Cornfield

Johnny grew up in Amish country in Coatesville, PA, and taught himself how to skate on the frozen cornfields in his backyard.

He Hosts The National Dog Show With Tara Lipinski

The dog-lover hosted The National Dog Show this past Thanksgiving with fellow Olympian Tara Lipinski, where his one-liners took on a more canine angle.

He Was Almost an Equestrian Instead of a Figure Skater

It's safe to say Johnny loves horses, too. He was an avid equestrian growing up until he had to make the tough decision between figure skating and riding. Thankfully, he chose a career on ice, instead — where would figure skating be without him?

To hear more from Johnny, tune in to his live coverage in Pyeongchang. The Winter Olympics air live on NBC beginning Feb. 8.



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