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Johnny Weir Returns to the ice for another shot at the Oplympics

Johnny Weir is returning to competitive figure skating in hopes of competing at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

The Associated Press reports:

Johnny Weir is ready to give up the fashion shows and the red carpet for another shot at the Olympics.

The popular figure skater said Thursday he was returning to competition with hopes of taking the ice at the 2014 Games in Sochi. Even if it means living what he describes as a “monk”-like life of an elite athlete in training.

“I wanted to do this while I still have the time,” the three-time U.S. champion said at a news conference in Manhattan. “I didn’t want to be 50 years old and look back and say, ‘Oh, those last two years before Sochi and I kind of let them go doing other things.”

Not that he didn’t enjoy doing other things in the two years since last competing at the Vancouver Olympics, where he finished sixth. Makeup modeling, dress designing, reality TV starring.

Weir also came out in an autobiography, “Welcome to My World,” and last month married Victor Voronov.

“That’s very fulfilling and lovely,” the 27-year-old Weir said of his break from training. “It gave me the opportunity to fall in love and get married and build a beautiful life for myself. But going back into competition, it will be so stressful to give up a lot of the extracurriculars and only skate.”

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