IN QUOTES

Johnny Weir Won’t Speak Out Against Russia’s Antigay Laws While Covering The Olympics For NBC

johnny-weir-roommates-belbinjpg-cdbdf62856cc9288I risk jail time just going there, but the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement. I’m not a politician and I don’t really talk about politics. You don’t have to agree with the politics, but you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting… It’s pretty obvious that I’ve been gay my whole life. I don’t need to break any laws or wear a rainbow pin to show people that I support gay rights. I think I’ll do that just by being in Sochi and supporting our people there and know they are not alone.”

Johnny Weir on what to expect from his upcoming job as a figure skating analyst for NBC during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in a New York Times profile