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Gay skater Johnny Weir out of 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi after not registering for season

BY NANCY ARMOUR, AP NATIONAL WRITER

Johnny Weir won't be going to the Sochi Olympics.

At least, not as a skater.

U.S. Figure Skating confirmed Tuesday that the two-time Olympian did not register for the qualifiers for the national championships, where the Sochi team will be selected. The deadline to register was Sept. 1. The three-time U.S. champion can't get a free pass to nationals, either. According to U.S. Figure Skating rules, only skaters who placed in the top five at last year's nationals or who won medals at the most recent Olympics or world championships are eligible for byes.

Weir, who is gay, has not competed since withdrawing from last year's Rostelecom Cup, his first major event since finishing sixth at the Vancouver Olympics. He did not return a text message asking for comment.

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