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Weir withdraws from Four Continents

Johnny Weir at his free skate press conference at the 2008 U.S. Championships.
Johnny Weir at his free skate press conference at the 2008 U.S. Championships. (Sarah Brannen)

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(01/31/2008) - Three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir announced today his withdrawal from the 2008 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, taking place in Seoul, Korea, Feb. 11-17. Weir will be replaced by Jeremy Abbott, who finished fourth at last week's 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

"My coach, Galina Zmievskaya, and I decided not to go to the 2008 Four Continents Championships a couple days after my return from Saint Paul and the 2008 U.S. Championships," said Weir, who won the silver medal at the event. "The U.S. Championships were very exhausting physically and emotionally, and I want to be completely fresh for whatever competitions I enter."

Weir is still on schedule to compete in the upcoming 2008 World Championships, taking place March 17-23 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

"I am back on the ice already preparing for the World Championships in Sweden, but the trip to South Korea and competing again just a few weeks after the U.S. Championships seemed too tall an order," Weir said. "I am completely focused on performing well and competing with the world's best in Sweden. I'll be rooting for all the U.S. skaters at Four Continents."

The Four Continents Championships will take place at the Seongsa Ice Rink and will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 13 with the compulsory dance and the pairs and men's short programs.