Two. Johnny Weir is a two-time Olympian, three-time US champion, 2008 World bronze medalist, two-time Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and 2001 World Junior winner. His overall career prize money is $3,829,000.
Weir first competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He placed ninth in men's singles ice skating. Four years later at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, he again competed in men's singles ice skating. This time he was able to win a silver medal after being defeated by Russia's Vladimir Nikitin 2-1 in the final match.
Weir is currently ranked third all time behind Alexei Yagudin and Igor Denezhnyi. He has won two gold medals at the World Championships and one bronze medal. Weir has also won four Grand Prix medals (all gold).
He began his professional skating career in 1998. That same year, he became the youngest American to ever win an international figure skating title when he took home the gold at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. He remains the only American male skater to have won a world junior title.
Weir is based in Sacramento, California but trains in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Weir became the first male skater since Brian Boitano over 20 years ago to win three consecutive US National titles in the 2006 U.S. Nationals. He is also the only man to have won the World Championships, the Grand Prix Final, and the United States National Championship within the same year. He has also been named the best male skater by Skate America and USA Today.
Weir's nickname is "The Boy." He has said that he started skating because there were no other boys around to play with, and now people call him "the boy" because of his success on the ice.
He is currently 16 years old and in 8th grade at St. Andrew's School in Newport Beach, California.
Johnny Weir was born on January 4th, 1992, in Santa Monica, California. His mother, Nancy, is a former competitive figure skater who still does some training herself. Her father, Donald, was an Olympic gold medalist in ice dancing. Johnny has two older sisters: one is a lawyer and the other works as a model.
When Weir was young, his parents would put him in front of the television to watch Nancy skate during practice sessions. This is how he got his start in figure skating.
Johnny Weir, gold medallist in the 2004 US Figure Skating National Championships. Johnny was the youngest men's champion since 1991, at the age of 19. At the 2005 US Figure Skating National Championships, Johnny Weir won two gold medals. Johnny also won gold at the NHK Trophy and the Trophee Eric Bompard during the 2004-2005 Grand Prix season. His total career prize money is $500,000.
Weir made his international debut at the 2001 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, where he finished fifth. He returned to competition four years later at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, where he placed fourth. At the end of the 2004-2005 season, Weir won three major awards: the Golden Spin of Zagreb, the International Gold Medal and the Pro-Am Prize.
Weir has been skating since he was 5 years old. He started out by taking lessons but then turned pro when he was 16. Before becoming an elite skater, he worked as a security guard to make ends meet. He says that being able to afford to buy clothes for competitions is what makes him happy.
Here are some other interesting facts about Johnny Weir:
He has been training full time for only one year - before that, he worked as a security guard to make ends meet.
His favorite movie is The Rocketeer and his favorite singer is Paul McCartney.
Weir won the 2003 Masters Tournament at Augusta, Georgia, one of the four major championships, in April. He is the first male Canadian to have won a professional major title. The 43-year-old Weir had five top-10s this season and has been named the PGA Tour's player of the year.
Weir turned pro in 1993 and has one other victory, the 1998 Trans Canada Open. He has 11 top-10 finishes including two victories (1998, 2003).
He has been very successful in majors through age 40, with three wins from four attempts. His only loss came at the 1996 U.S. Open when he was four over after 36 holes.
Weir has the third most wins among Canadians behind Larry Mize and Peter O'Malley. He also ranks fourth all time on the money list with $7,829,758. That's more than any other Canadian except for Mize and O'Malley.
Weir has been a member of the PGA Tour since his first season and has never finished lower than sixth place. He has reached the final round of the Masters twice more than any other player and has made the cut in 34 of his 45 starts.
David Russell Weir CBE (born 5 June 1979) is a Paralympic wheelchair athlete from the United Kingdom. He holds six gold medals from the Paralympic Games in 2008 and 2012, and he has won the London Marathon eight times. Weir was born in Hammersmith, London, and he attended St Mary's Catholic School in Paddington.
Weir became interested in wheelchair racing when he saw Paul McCarey winning gold at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. He started training for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, but after breaking his arm in two places during a race in England, he decided to stop competing as a stand-alone event. Instead, he focused on improving his time in the marathon by taking part in several of these events each year. He returned to competition in 2001 at the Stoke Mandeville World Championships where he won both the 10,000 m and the half-marathon races. The following year, he competed at the Athens Paralympics, and he won three more gold medals: in the 100 m, the 200 m, and the 4x100 m relay. At the end of 2004, Weir retired from competitive sports and moved to Loughborough to take up a role with ASDA.
Weir came out of retirement in 2007 to compete in the Beijing Paralympics.
Two Olympic athletes have ever won more than two gold medals in a single Olympics. They are American baseball player Jim Thorpe and Chinese gymnast Yang Yang. Thorpe won four gold medals at the 1908 Games in London but he lost his life before the end of the eventful year.
Yang won five gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. He is also the only athlete to have won individual gold medals in three different events (artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline).
He is also the most successful athlete of all time with 12 gold medals; this is more than any other country's entire team. China's next best achievement is the current world record of nine gold medals held by Ukraine at the Summer Olympics.
In fact, China has never finished outside the top two in either the Olympic or World Championships over the last 20 years.
This success can be attributed to Chinese sports administrators who focused on training and funding young athletes rather than individuals who had already achieved fame and fortune. The government also required that athletes comply with strict drug testing policies to ensure that they were not using performance-enhancing substances.