Here's Johnny! Clothes make the man and vice versa

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014
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Yet that attitude, coupled with a fierce intelligence and a love of fashion that began with childhood and still knows no bounds, is what made Weir a first-class commentator from the very beginning.

"She's too old to wear that baby pink color, especially with how tight it is," he said about skater Stacey Kemp of Britain at one of the competitions Weir worked during the run-up to these Games. "She needs a look that's more mature."

"She was wearing a nightie," he said at another, training his sights on Nathalie Pechalat of France, "which I don't think should be featured in any athletic endeavor."

And to be sure, Weir's outfits have not gone unnoticed, either.

A half-dozen websites and countless commenters across social media track his wardrobe changes daily, which have ranged from a hot-pink vintage Chanel blazer to a conservative gray Billy Reid jacket. Each has been accessorized by colorful shirts and pocket squares, gaudy necklaces and cocktail rings — and on one occasion a crown braid set atop his jet-black hair — all of it seemingly on loan from rappers or someone's elderly aunt.

Weir chronicles his favorites on his own Instagram account (http://instagram.com/johnnygweir ), featuring images with celebrities, regular fans and he and Lipinski hanging out.

Weir has been bashed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for wearing fur, by some inside the skating community — even while he was competing — for being too flamboyant, and, after coming out publicly in his memoir and marrying Russian-born Victor Voronov, for not being strident enough.

Besides himself, the only people Weir is out to please are NBC and the audience to which his role as an broadcaster at the Sochi Games has given him access to.

"In hiring me to have a voice and an opinion, they hired knowing full well," he said, "knowing what kind of statements — fashion and otherwise — I like to make."

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For Wednesday night's pairs free-skating program, Weir sits to the right of Lipinski and Terry Gannon, a broadcasting veteran who is the third member of the crew. He rarely looks at the monitor in front of him, staring intently at the ice instead and constantly folding and unfolding his hands. He smiles often, winces occasionally when a skater takes a tumble and is at his most animated watching others sit in the "kiss-and-cry" area after a performance.

"My coach, for example, would sit and she would smile like this," he said, drawing his lips tight, "and of course, she was talking between her teeth and saying the most horrible things in Russian, just screaming at me between her teeth. But of course, nobody could see what she was saying.

"Being judged in any way is difficult. But having to sit there and wait with the whole world watching you," he said finally, "that's a very difficult thing to do."