With eye on Sochi Olympics, Weir announces return



NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Weir says he is returning to competitive figure skating in hopes of competing at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

The three-time U.S. champion said Thursday he still has the drive to compete and that this “isn’t a publicity stunt.” Weir hasn’t competed since finishing sixth at the Vancouver Olympics, spending the last two years doing ice shows, a reality TV show and making personal appearances. He also came out in autobiography, “Welcome to My World,” and last month married Victor Voronov.

But Weir, one of skating’s most popular figures, had never ruled out coming back for Sochi and is training again with coach Galina Zmievskaya.

Weir finished fourth at his first Olympics, the 2006 Games in Turin. He was the bronze medalist at the 2008 world championships.