Sochi won't be last of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir

SOCHI, Russia — Don't worry, America. Figure skating at the Sochi Olympics may be over, but you haven't seen the last of Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.

The duo are leaving Sochi following their last show for NBC and heading to Los Angeles, where they'll critique fashion at the Oscars for Access Hollywood.

"We already have people pulling clothes," he told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday night. "We're going to be ready. And we're going to bring it."

This was the first Winter Games as broadcasters for Lipinski, the 1998 gold medalist, and Weir, a two-time Olympian. NBC signed them to do commentary for NBC Sports Network, its cable channel that streamed the entire event.

"We came into this thinking, `OK, Johnny and I going to do our best. We're rookies," Lipinski said.

"And we'll see you in four years when we're better!" Weir chimed in.

Instead, they proved to be the runaway hit of the games.

They were praised for their candor and clarity, and viewers loved the chemistry between the two, who really only got to know each other doing broadcasts during the Grand Prix season.

And then there was the fashion. Some folks tuned in each day just to see what Weir and Lipinski would wear, be it the traditional Ukrainian braid Weir wore in support of the people of Kiev or the gold outfit Lipinski sported on the 16th anniversary of her Olympic title.

"I don't think we clearly grasped how we've done because we weren't able to watch it as a broadcast," Weir said. "But I think for us, it was a dream. We had a lot of fun, we enjoyed each other, we found a rhythm, we found who we will be as broadcasters and we'll only get better.

"I think that's all we were expecting, and everything else is beautiful, beautiful whipped topping."


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