Unfortunately, Wagner is not the only skater to have felt the conservative chill of competitive skating. Johnny Weir, known as much for his over-the-top costumes as his breathtaking routines, was also seen as being penalized by the U.S. Figure Skating’s international committee. In a sport that favors traditionally masculine routines from its performers, Weir's swan costumes and tendency towards beautifully choreographed routines seemed to doom his scores. A three-time national champion, he placed a dismal sixth overall, with the bronze going to a skater who fell down
during his performance. The skater turned announcer, who commentators sometimes called Johnny "Weird," did not come out
until after his retirement.