BY BARRY WILNER
AP SPORTS WRITER
NEW YORK -- Known as much for his outrageous costumes and comments as his intriguing skating, Johnny Weir is leaving the ice for the broadcast booth.
He hopes to be just as offbeat and entertaining in his new career.
The three-time U.S. figure skating champion retired from competition Wednesday — he still plans to skate in shows — and will join NBC for its coverage of the Sochi Games.
"I am outlandish and flamboyant and all those things," Weir said. "There was a focus on all that in my career, which I am fine with, but there also was a little attention paid to how hard I actually worked and how much went into it and how I came back so many times. Sweating every day for that one moment, and I wish people focused on that as much as my characters and my costumes. I wouldn't be Johnny Weir if I wasn't giving everything all the time.
"Hopefully, I can use my words properly and talk intelligently. I'm excited for the journey."