Omaha World-HeraldSome of the loudest buzz at last year’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships was about a skater who wasn’t competing.

Johnny Weir, the three-time national champion and two-time Olympian who had left the sport to delve into writing, music, fashion and reality television, showed up to tell reporters that he was back — and “98 percent sure” he’d be skating for another national title in Omaha in 2013.

But by late 2012, after pulling out of an international competition with a hip injury, Weir, 28, announced that he was going to slow down his return. He said he wouldn’t compete at nationals but still had hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2014.

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