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His parents could not afford to support both his figure skating and his equestrian pursuits, so Weir gave up his pony, My Blue Shadow, and turned his focus completely to figure skating. Championships, he literally hit the wall during his long program.
He competed in pair skating with Jodi Rudden on the juvenile and intermediate levels, but gave it up to concentrate on single skating. He restarted the program, but immediately injured his knee on a failed triple axel landing.
This time he was too injured to restart, so he withdrew from the competition. Nationals by winning his regional and sectional championships.
The 2003–2004 season was the turning point for Weir. He received the first 6.0 of his career during his long program at 2004 U. Championships, winning the gold over Michael Weiss and Matthew Savoie.
His sexual orientation had long been the subject of media speculation; however, prior to 2011 when asked about his sexuality, Weir responded "...it's not part of my sport and it's private.
It sets a bad example.” Goldberg and Mailhot then made bigoted jokes about how Weir should 'compete in the women’s division'.
He was picketed by Queer Nation outside an appearance at Barnard College in December for his position that “the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement” about Russia’s anti-gay laws and “you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting.” Weir called the experience "eye-opening," and went on to respond through further media interviews.
In the free program, he skated steadily but tentatively, eliminating the second jump from his first planned combination and doubling a planned triple jump on another combination.Threats from animal rights activists also forced Weir to alter his housing arrangements for the Olympics in Vancouver.He had intended to stay in a Vancouver hotel, but for security reasons, chose to stay at the secure Olympic Village, sharing a suite with fellow American figure skater Tanith Belbin.The two first-place finishes secured him a spot at the 2007–2008 Grand Prix Final, where Weir competed with a recurring injury in his landing foot and stumbled in both his short and long programs but still managed to place 4th overall. Weir completed a slightly two-footed quadruple toe loop in his long program and scored more points on his jumps and in the program components than Lysacek but Lysacek scored more points for his spins and footwork.At the 2008 World Championships, the United States had failed to medal in every other discipline when the men took the ice last.