According to The Associated Press today, Weir did not register for any qualifiers for January's national championships, which would ensure him a spot on the Olympic team if he placed high enough. The deadline to register for those qualifiers was Sep. 1.
Weir also does not receive an automatic bid for the championships, as only the top five skaters from the previous year's nationals and medalists from the most recent Olympics and world championships receive a spot, none of which apply to Weir.
The 29-year-old Pennsylvania native is a three-time United States champion and two-time Olympian, most recently placing sixth at the Vancouver Olympiad in 2010. Weir had hinted at competing in Sochi in previous interviews, saying he'd be there "even though I'll be old," but has ultimately decided to sit this one out. It is not currently clear whether the decision means Weir will be hanging up his skates for good or not.
In the meantime, Weir, who has long been a fan favorite for his outspoken attitude and penchant for flamboyance on and off the ice, has been keeping busy with other ventures such as a design career and TV appearances. AP suggested that he could be a go-to for commentary during the Olympics. Weir, who came out as gay in his 2011 memoir and is married, has also been a vocal opponent of the new Russian rule banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors" and previously said that he would be willing to take the penalty if he had been accused of breaking the law in Sochi.
“Like anyone I’m afraid of being arrested but also I’m not afraid of being arrested… If it takes me getting arrested for people to pay attention and for people to lobby against this law then I’m willing to take it.”