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Does Weir still have it?

There's no doubt Johnny Weir can make an impression on fans watching the men's figure skating competition in Vancouver. As longtime Olympic writer Phil Hersh of the Chicago Tribune wrote in a recent column:

Johnny Weir always has been comfortable in his skin, especially if it is an oilskin corset with a pink shoulder tassel, a pink stripe down an arm and pink laces across the chest like the one he wore for Friday's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

But will Weir impress the judges? The jury is out. More from Hersh, who was in Spokane in when Weir earned his spot on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team:

But not long ago, there was a balance in the contrast between the compelling, understated elegance of Weir's skating and the too-too costumes he prefers while admitting they can look tacky. ...
The balance has tipped toward shtick, as Weir's skating lacks the sparkle he loves on costumes. He performed with such caution in the short program the only remarkable thing was his looking pretty in pink
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By Coryn Connelly-Cabreros  |  January 19, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
Categories:  Figure Skating , Johnny Weir  
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