Johnny Weir: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Johnny Weir

Two-Time Olympic Skater

Johnny Weir is a three-time US champion, two-time Olympian, and World medalist and is one of the superstars of figure skating and an emerging pop-culture icon. Fans all over the globe love his elegant yet edgy style both on and off the ice, and the delicious unpredictability of what he’ll say — or wear, or do — next.

Born July 2, 1984, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Johnny did not start skating until the relatively late age of 12, when he taught himself how to skate on the frozen Amish-country cornfields behind his home. Just four years later, he won the gold medal at the 2001 World Junior Championships.

Remarkably, Johnny claimed his first senior US national championship in 2004, and successfully defended his title in 2005. In 2006, Johnny captured his third consecutive national championship, earning a spot on the US Olympic team. At his very first Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, Johnny placed an impressive second in the short program, and finished fifth overall.

Johnny went on to win the bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships — the only medal won by a member of Team USA at that competition — as well as US Figure Skating’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Award for Skater of the Year (Michelle Kwan Trophy). In 2010, Johnny made the US Olympic team for the second time and represented his country in the Olympic Games in Vancouver, once again capturing the hearts of millions.

Post-Olympics, Johnny has put his fame to good use, balancing performances in skating shows around the world with appearances at various benefits and charity events across the US. He is the star of his own reality series, Be Good Johnny Weir on the Logo Network, for which he won the 2010 NewNowNext Award for Most Addictive Reality Star. Also in 2010, he again earned the Readers’ Choice Award for Skater of the Year, making Johnny the only skater other than Michelle Kwan to win this trophy more than once. He is also the author of his memoir, Welcome to My World.

In fall 2010, Johnny was honored by the Human Rights Campaign-Seattle with the HRC Visibility Award. In his introduction of Johnny, HRC spokesman Dr. Marty Lieberman explained that the award is given to “individuals who are living open and honest lives. Well, Johnny is doing much more than that. He is a force of nature, with all of his fabulousness swirling around him like the eye of a storm. … Johnny has given courage to all the little boys and girls out there who want to pursue [their] dreams … [T]hank you, Johnny Weir, for making the world a more welcoming place, and for your brave determination to be who you are.”
In June 2011, Johnny was selected as Grand Marshal of the Los Angeles PRIDE Parade, one of the largest LGBT pride celebrations in the country.

Most recently, Weir was a featured speaker at the Human Rights Campaign and Diageo’s “Cocktails and Conversations” in NYC. In October 2011 Weir was the honoree at Ice Theatre of New York’s “Dare to Be Different” Benefit Gala and Performance, joining a prestigious list of past honorees that includes Dorothy Hamill and Dick Button. In an interview with Johnny published in the Ice Theatre’s journal for the evening, writer Edward Z. Epstein noted, “While he ‘dares to be different,’ he has, in fact, achieved a higher goal: he dares to be himself.”

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