Weir, Lipinski talk Sochi, Oscars, analyze Rockefeller rink figure skating on ‘Late Night’ (video)

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Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski wore matching outfits and all but finished each other’s sentences on “Late Night with Seth Meyers on Friday. They’re still inseparable, two weeks after the Olympics.

“You know that weird feeling when you meet someone that you, like, really connect to,” Lipinski said. “It’s just, like, weirdly all the time.”

“We’re too old to wear friendship bracelets,” Weir said, “so we do it by matching lace frocks.”

Lipinski and Weir discussed their trip to the Oscars last week, and Weir also divulged one piece of clothing he simply will not wear. As for their partnership, they said they were originally supposed to work separately.

“It was our idea [to work together],” Lipinski said. “We were doing the Grand Prix season for NBC. He was doing the men’s. I was doing the ladies. We just walked in one day and said, ‘I think we should it together. It would be so much more fun.'”

NBC let them try it out, and the star couple was born. They gained a huge following during the Olympics, thanks in part to Instagram videos together. One, which included play-by-play man Terry Gannon, was shown on “Late Night.”

“We had all this time to play with, so we thought why not dance around production trucks?” Weir said.

“When people started following, I was like, ‘What is happening?'” Lipinski said.

Weir also said his Sochi experience affirmed it was the right decision to go to Russia despite its law banning the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations.

“I will continue to go to Russia,” Weir said. “The important thing here is that everyone was fighting for the LGBT community in Russia. I’m not an activist in any way, but I felt that my presence there could be a ray of sunshine. I was hoping for the community to show them that I’m standing with them. Nothing will keep me away from their country. I’ll be myself no matter what. That’s the best thing that I can do.”

In another segment, Weir and Lipinski commentated on what was called the “30 Rock Lunchtime Figure Skating Olympics,” critiquing pedestrians skating on the famous Rink at Rockefeller Center.

Video: Weir parodied in SNL cold open

South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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