TODAY   |  October 23, 2013

Johnny Weir retires, joins NBC Olympics as analyst

Two-time Olympian figure skater Johnny Weir talks to TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie about his announcement that he will be joining NBC Olympics as a figure skating analyst for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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>> five of our favorite duos will be here on the plaza.

>> before we get to that, let's say hello to johnny weir . the three time u.s. figure skating champion and olympian.

>> without further adieu, you have big news this morning. you have an announcement to make.

>> i have lots of big news. the first is a little bit sad and hard for me to say but i'm officially retiring from competitive figure skating.

>> oh, wow.

>> and ending my chance at going to a third olympics this year.

>> why?

>> i get old. and it's time to say thank you and good-bye. and that's what the first one today is about. thanking my mother, my coaches and my family and everyone that supported me.

>> but even as you say good-bye, we say welcome. because you're now part of the nbc family.

>> i am. i am an expert analyst for the figure stating coverage for the entire season for nbc sports and nbc olympics and the olympic games in sochi russia .

>> awesome.

>> i'm beyond thrilled to join the team. figure skating is built on memories and i remember growing up and hearing scott hamilton 's voice and i hope to create great memories for the olympics .

>> is it hard to call it and not be out there?

>> it will be hard and i haven't experienced it yet but it will be hard not to be out there and i'll probably still get sick to my stomach and go through the emotions of a competitor but i'll be able to teach the world what's going on out there.

>> can i touch on a different subject. there's a lot of controversy with russia and it's record with gay rights . a lot of gay athletes , non- gay athletes are considering not going there. what are your thoughts based on the fact that you're a gay american?

>> well, i'm a gay american. i have married into a russian family. and i have been a long time supporter of russia , the culture, the country, the language, everything about russia . and while this law is a terrible thing that you can't be gay publicly in russia , i plan to be there in full support of our brothers and sisters there and not be afraid. if i get arrested i do. if not, great. but our presence is needed and for all the olympians that worked so hard, a boycott is the worst thing you can do to all of these young people .

>> good for you.

>> thank you.

>> congratulations to you on your retirement and welcome to the