WATCH: Lipinski and Weir, A Match Made For Instagram

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski talk social media, Pussy Riot, and LGBT activists in Russia.

BY Michelle Garcia

February 21 2014 12:57 PM ET

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, who have proven themselves the dynamic duo of the Olympic games through their Instagram accounts, coordinating fashion choices, and colorful commentary on NBC Sports Network, were excited for the women's figure skating short program on Thursday.  

"The fierceness, and the rivalries, and the showdowns, and the glitter," where the things that Weir was looking forward to most, as the pair headed into Adler Arena.

Referring to Pussy Riot's recent action near the Sochi games, Weir said it was "a shame" that they were beaten by guards, "because Pussy Riot is such a remarkable group, and they're trying to stand up for something, but the Olympics aren't the place for political statements. The Olympics are for sport. The Olympics are for the athletes, and for us to celebrate them."

He added, "I've been a cheerleader of the Olympic games, and a cheerleader of the Russian culture, and the Russian people, especially since this whole antigay propaganda law came out, and the Olympics have gone on smashingly. And I'm so happy that I can be here to show the Russian LGBT community that I'm with them. I'm here."

Weir has met with several leaders of different LGBT groups while he's been in Sochi, and he said he's proud of their work.

UESE IN SOCHI - Interview with Tara Lipinski & Johnny Weir from UESE on Vimeo.

 

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