01/03/2012 8:54 AM ET

The Inside Edge: Major life events abound

Weir marries, Emily Hughes graduates, Wester and Barantsev welcome first child

By Sarah S. Brannen and Drew Meekins, special to icenetwork.com

Our best wishes to Johnny Weir, who married his boyfriend, Victor Voronov, on Dec. 30 in a civil ceremony at the New York City courthouse. The couple exchanged hand-written vows before their parents.

"I am so happy to have found my match," Weir said. "Victor is the epitome of a gentleman, as handsome as he is clever and loving. Our road to marriage has been a fast one, but one I never wavered on. Marrying Victor has been the greatest moment in my life, and I will work very hard to make him proud and happy. As an added benefit to all this joy, marriage gives your skin an amazing glow."

"Getting married to Johnny has been the greatest experience of my life," Voronov said. "He is the most wonderful, caring and nurturing person, and I can be guaranteed of one thing: with Johnny, I will never be bored. The support from my friends and family has been overwhelming, and I am looking forward to beginning my life with the most incredible person I have ever known."

The couple has taken a new surname, Weir-Voronov, although Weir will keep his name professionally. They plan a large wedding in July 2012, which we're sure will be fabulous.

Harvard grad

Emily Hughes graduated from Harvard with honors on Dec. 14, with an A.B. degree in sociology and a minor in government. She was the student speaker at the mid-year graduation ceremony, which was held Dec. 7.

(For more on Hughes' thesis on the impact of sports on inner-city youth, see our Sept. 8 blog.)

We asked her about her plans for the future.

"I got a job working as a consultant for Deloitte, which is a premier sponsor for the Olympics," Hughes told us. "The job starts in a few months, but I'm still skating, and I have some shows planned. It's been so nice to be home for the holidays with my family."

New Year's baby

Former national ice dancing competitors Jennifer Wester and Daniil Barantsev welcomed their first child on Dec. 29, which is also the birthday of Jennifer's brother, Chris. Anden Daniel Barantsev was 8.3 pounds and 21.5 inches at birth. The "Skating with the Stars" star and her new baby are both doing well.

We wondered where they found the name "Anden."

"Anden came from me having grown up with so many other 'Jennifers'," Wester wrote in an email. "I wanted him to have a unique name, while both Daniil and I wanted it to sound confident and phonetically accessible to Americans, Texans (my family) and Russians (Daniil's family)."

Wester said she and Barantsev considered both Andon, the Russian variant of Anton, and Aiden.

"We really liked Aiden, but it didn't fit my unique criteria, given that it's really popular right now," she said. "At some point, I decided to combine Andon and Aiden, and I got Anden. After many Google searches, I didn't find any translations that seemed offensive or directly applicable, so we went with it!"

Congratulations to all!


We asked as many skaters as we could reach if they had made any New Year's resolutions. Here's what they said:

Meryl Davis: My goal is to stop worrying about things that are out of my control and enjoy every day with my friends, family and truly blessed life!

Mark Ladwig: I would like to pay off more debt in the New Year! I got into debt becoming a better skater over the past 10 years. Last year, my goal was not to go deeper in debt, and I succeeded. This year's resolution is to get back to being in the black!

Ashley Wagner: My resolution was to make time for more happy and special moments in my life, since I'm always so stressed!

Michal Brezina: I just want to stay healthy for the rest of the season and for the next one, too! And I'll do all my best for it.

Agnes Zawadzki: I just don't want to have any regrets this year and go for everything that comes my way.

Parker Pennington: My resolution is to spend more time trying to help skating grow.

Evan Bates: I need to clean my room!!!! Ahhhhhh, it's bad.

Gracie Gold: My New Year's resolution was to try to live more in the sunshine and less with the shadows, and to read every novel on the New York Times best-seller list.

Jeremy Abbott: My resolution this year is to make resolutions that I actually keep.

Melisssa Gregory and Denis Petukhov: 1. To go somewhere this year that we have never been. 2. Conquer a new challenge.

Sean Rabbitt: My New Year's resolution is to give back to my community even more than this last year (which might be hard to top after Skaters Care!). I would also like to get better at speaking, reading and writing Japanese, and lastly get to meet lots of new people and make many new friends!

Emily Hughes: I didn't make one this year. I had such a great 2011 -- skating in some shows, graduating and getting a job -- I just want to continue on this path.

Daisuke Murakami: My New Year's resolution is for the people who have supported me through skating to have health and happiness, and also having two quads in my free program for the new year.

Lucinda Ruh: My New Year's resolution is to be a good mother, since I am pregnant with twins! And to continue to inspire people with my book, Frozen Teardrop.

Jeremy Ten: I think after everything that I went through in 2011 and even in 2010, this year in 2012 is all about loving skating and showing that to the world more than ever. It was almost taken away from me, so I hang on to it that much more everyday.

Ryan Bradley: My resolution this year is to spend more time at home with my family.

Piper Gilles: I need to stop biting my nails.

Happy New Year to all! We wish you a happy, healthy and skating-filled year.

Sarah and Drew

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