Skating Champ Johnny Weir is a Married Man
By @jschonb on January 03, 2012
BlogHer Original Post
One of America's most outspoken and colorful sports figures is officially off the market.
Three time U.S. national skating champion Johnny Weir, 27, married his boyfriend, Georgetown Law graduate Victor Voronov, 28, in an early morning ceremony on Friday in New York, said the skater's spokeswoman Tara Modlin.
"I'm married!" Weir Tweeted. "No more livin' in sin!"
The couple exchanged handwritten vows in front of both men's parents, Tony and Lili Voronov and Patti and John Weir. A bigger and presumably more lavish wedding is planned for the summer.
"Marrying Victor has been the greatest moment in my life and I will work very hard to make him proud and happy," Weir said in a statement. "As an added benefit to all this joy, marriage gives your skin an amazing glow. I look forward to making a home for my family in Bergen County, New Jersey, and introducing my world of glitter and Faberge eggs to Victor."
The couple has taken the new surname, Weir-Voronov. Professionally, Johnny, who is sitting out the 2011-12 skating season, will continue to be known as Johnny Weir. Though Weir has not competed since the Vancouver Olympics, where he finished sixth, he has not ruled out a comeback for the 2014 Games in Sochi.
Husband Voronov said after the wedding, “Getting married to Johnny has been the greatest experience of my life. He is the most wonderful, caring and nurturing person — and I can be guaranteed of one thing — with Johnny, I will never be bored."
Anyone who has followed Weir's career knows that is an understatement. The unconventional skater, who hails from rural Pennsylvania, has become an all-American original style icon, adored by fans around the world, and is lauded as “The Lady Gaga of figure skating.”
Weir came out last January in his autobiography, "Welcome to My World." Despite his flamboyance, he had previously avoided questions about his sexuality, saying he wanted people to see him "for who I am, not what I am." However he never hid his over-the-top fashion sense or outrageous antics on the ice and off.
An eight-part Sundance Channel original documentary series, "Be Good Johnny Weir" explores Weir's life as he skates through controversy. What this athete does on ice is utterly unique and always compelling but he's also an engaging entertainer and a serious competitor who leaves a trail of fur, feathers and glitter in his wake.
If you're not familiar with Johnny on ice, take a peek at a recent perf.
Congratulations to the newlyweds. What a great way to ring in the new year.