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Winning weekend for Weir: Olympic berth and reality show debuts

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In an Olympic year without many American figure skating star, Johnny Weir sticks out. Actually, Weir doesn't need the background to be bland to stand out; his individual style both as a figure skater and a person differentiates him from the crowd. Between that, his third place finish at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and berth on the Olympic team, Weir was perfect for a reality show. Enter the Sundance Channel.

Weir says, "When I'm good, I'm good. When I'm bad, I'm better." Let's hope that Weir is really bad in Vancouver, because his error-filled free skate from Sunday won't bring home any medals.

That hardly means the U.S. won't have a shot at gold in men's figure skating. Reigning world champion Evan Lysacek and two-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott both have a strong shot at the medal stand. Lysacek fell on his attempt at a quad jump, but he has the ability to pull it off as part of an extremely difficult routine. Abbott skated as close to perfect as we saw this weekend. With Weir, a bronze medalist at the 2008 world championships, the U.S. has their strongest men's delegation in decades.

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