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Johnny Weir Threats 'Very Serious': Anti-Fur Groups Worry Olympic Skater

02/13/10 12:10 PM ET   AP

Johnny Weir Threats Anti Fur Groups
Johnny Weir

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Johnny Weir is staying at the Olympic village because he was concerned about his safety after receiving what he considers "very serious threats" from anti-fur activists.

The American had talked about staying in a hotel because he didn't enjoy his experience in the Olympic village four years ago. Weir says arranging security at a hotel would have been too tough, while the village is under tight control. Weir is sharing a two-bedroom suite with ice dancer Tanith Belbin.

Weir drew the ire of animal-rights activists last month after he added white fox fur to the left shoulder of his costume for the free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.


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