Flamboyant figure skater Johnny Weir is known for his illustrious career—and his much-anticipated 2011 coming out.
Since retiring from figure skating, Weir has written his own memoir, starred in his own reality TV show and designed his own fashion label. He’s also become a breakout star at as an Olympics commentator for NBC sports, alongside fellow ex-skater Tara Lipinski.
But Johnny’s incredible head of hair threatened to steal focus from everything. Today, we trace the roots (pun intended) of his eccentric coifs.
— andrea joyce (@andijoyce) February 20, 2018
2006 Winter OlympicsFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty ImagesGOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images
Weir (and his luxurious, shaggy black locks) make their international debut at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. He didn’t place on the podium, but he did top his personal-best score.
2006 Runway Show
That fabulous shag is almost outshined by Weir’s sparkling eye makeup at a 2006 runway show for now-defunct fashion label Heatherette.
2008 Figure Skating World ChampionshipsTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
The shag is back in full force (and approaching mullet territory…)
2010 Winter OlympicsYURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images
Weir’s diva-worthy flower crown almost makes up for his sixth-place finish at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. (Hey, he beat his personal-best skate!)
2010 Skating With The Stars BenefitTheo Wargo/WireImage
Here, Weir ditches the free-flowing locks for a slicked-back pompadour. We stan.
2010 Halloween Party and Cinema Tropical AwardsMichael N. Todaro/Getty ImagesMichael Stewart/WireImage
The textures! We’re obsessed (although Weir could stand to go easy on the fake tanner…)
2012 Press ConferenceDesiree Navarro/WireImage
Weir attends a press conference post-coming-out, serving looks with a single streak of blonde hair.
2013 Skating With The Stars BenefitRommel Demano/Getty ImagesDesiree Navarro/WireImage
Those black locks reach gravity-defying heights.
2014 Winter GamesJohn Berry/Getty ImagesJohn Berry/Getty Images
Weir sports a perfectly-coiffed ’do as a commentator for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
2016 Kentucky DerbyJoey Foley/FilmMagic
Weir and Lipinski make a splash with a Derby-luxe hairdos.
2017 Performance in Bryant Park
Here, he plays with texture yet again, spiking up some strands for a funky look.
2017 KCONGreg Doherty/Getty ImagesGreg Doherty/Getty Images
We’re digging the rounded pouf (and that show-stopping smile!)
2018 Winter OlympicsJean Catuffe/Getty Images
Those locks are back in action (and spiraling up toward the gods) for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, where Weir and Lipinski delivered color commentary.
For the closing ceremony, the pompadour returns—this time, with elevated height and a glittering Hunger Games-inspired barrette.
— KellyB ✌ (@zgk) February 26, 2018