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WATCH: Johnny Weir’s Short Program Lands Him In 6th

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“Every single medal contender can either be first or 15th,” says Johnny Weir tonight, after landing in sixth place after tonight’s short program, behind gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko of Russia (the only skater to complete a quadruple jump), American (and Weir’s domestic sparring partner) Evan Lysacek, and Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi.

Says Weir: “I actually had fun tonight, and that’s something I hadn’t done in a while. I showed my heart, and I can’t remember the last time I smiled like that. I want people to feel me, feel like they are on the ice with me.”

We had fun with you, Johnny. Be good — for another few days, and see if we can’t get you up on that podium.

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