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Weir feels safer from activists by staying in village

Figure skater Johnny Weir might not like staying at the Olympic athletes village, but he feels safer than he would in a hotel.

Weir said he received what he considers "very serious threats" from anti-fur activists, which influenced his decision to stay in the village, where security is tight. He is sharing a two-bedroom suite with ice dancer Tanith Belbin.

After animal-rights activists threatened to "disrupt" his free skate performance, he decided to remove the real fox fur from his costume and replace it with white faux fur instead.

By Matthew Rennie  |  February 13, 2010; 2:42 PM ET
Categories:  Figure Skating , Johnny Weir , Vancouver 2010  
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