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Johnny Weir Triple Salchows His Way On To the U.S. Olympic Team

If you did not watch last night’s premiere of Be Good Johnny Weir, get off this website right now! (And come back after you see it.) Not only was the Sundance series this infectious narrative of Johnny’s entree into the sport, but it also explained how this whole figure skating competition thing works. And it was made all the more relevant — great timing, Sundance programming execs! — given next month’s 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, which Johnny just qualified for.

Whether Johnny would, after failing to medal at the 2006 Games (he placed fifth), continue skating for another four years for the chance to be an Olympic champion became the driving plotline in Be Good. Of course, we already know the answer: Johnny continued to skate, and on Sunday competed at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where a third place medal earns him a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

Wearing two different signature “sparkling onesies,” Weir performed the above free skate (titled “Fallen Angel,” based on the last year of his life), and the below short program. And they were beautiful — even if Johnny has a tendency to complain about all the required elements in these routines.

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