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Weir decides to sit out skating season

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Johnny Weir earned a bronze medal at the 2010 U. S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane (Photo: Spokesman-Review) Johnny Weir earned a bronze medal at the 2010 U. S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane (Photo: Spokesman-Review)

Johnny Weir said Thursday he's decided to spend some time away from competitive ice skating for a while. The three-time U.S. champion said he will not compete during the 2010-11 season while he concentrates on his skating techniques and pursues other interests.

"My decision comes after months of weighing the pros and cons of competing this season," Weir said in a news release. "I have decided that I need a year to rest and reinvent myself as an athlete and artist. I say this with the hope of returning as a competitor for the 2011-12 season."

Weir's 2009-10 season included a fourth-place finish at the Rostelecom Cup, a silver medal at the NHK Trophy and a bronze at the 2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. He also earned a bronze medal at the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, which helped him qualify for the Olympics where he finished sixth.

Weir said he hasn't ruled out the possibility he'd make a run for the 2014 Winter Games in Russia.

"It would be a dream come true for me to compete in an Olympic Games in Russia," he said. "I think one thing my fans know about me is that I don't give up on a dream easily."

Including his three straight U.S. titles from 2004-06, Weir has medalled six times at the U.S. Championships, earning silver in 2008 and bronze in 2007 and 2010. He is the 2008 World bronze medalist and 2001 World Junior champion. Weir competed at the 2006 Olympic Games, where he finished fifth.

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