Former U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir is retiring from the sport after 17 years.
The two-time Winter Olympics athlete announced he had taken his final bow on the competitive ice rink during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today on Wednesday (23Oct13), revealing he is stepping behind the camera to become an analyst for America's NBC network.
The openly gay 29 year old will start his new broadcasting career by covering the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and he insists he is not scared of heading to the European nation in light of the country's controversial anti-gay laws.
He has also opposed gay rights campaigners' calls for a boycott of the Games because he fears such action will only hurt the athletes who have trained for years to compete in the Olympics.
He says, "I'm a gay American. I've married into a Russian family. I've been a longtime supporter of Russia, the culture, the country, the language, everything about Russia.
"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 get arrested; if not, great, but our presence is needed. For all the Olympians that worked so hard, a boycott is just the worst thing that you could do to all these young people."