Don't let the smile and flamboyant costumes fool you -- Johnny Weir is no pushover. The 'Skating With the Stars' judge feels that skaters -- even of the aspiring/celebrity kind -- need to perform even when they're injured.
Brandon Mychal Smith ('Sonny With a Chance'), who's competing on the ABC reality competition series, was shown on Monday's episode being taken away on a stretcher in an ambulance. Footage of what appeared to be him vomiting was blurred out. On a doctor's advice, he did not perform. He and partner Keauna McLaughlin were judged on a taped rehearsal.
During the judges' critique, Weir wished Smith a speedy recovery, but also chastised him for not showing up to give it the old college try.
"If you're required to perform, you perform," Weir said.
"I'm a two-time Olympian," Weir told TV Squad after taping. "You don't get there the easy way. I had mono during my first Olympics. I've been carried by four Korean doctors to the middle of the ice, did a number and threw up the whole way to and from.
I've had terrible, terrible dehydration, skated with broken bones and skated the day after a huge loss in my family. You have to skate and perform. That's what life [as a professional skater] is."
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