Winter Olympics 2010

Lemon Pledge Helps Johnny Weir Keep Nerves in Check

02/17/2010 at 02:05 PM EST

Lemon Pledge Helps Johnny Weir Keep Nerves in Check
Johnny Weir
Juan Soliz/Pacific Coast News
Tuesday night in Vancouver, Johnny Weir performed a clean short program. And, he tells PEOPLE, he got ready for his performance by cleaning his hotel suite!

"I was nervous last night. So I Pledged [as in Lemon Pledge] everything in my room," he says. "Some people eat, some people drink – but I Pledge everything."

Weir's suite-mate at the Olympic Village, U.S. ice dancer and Olympic silver medalist Tanith Belbin, was kind enough to vanish for the day so he could have the apartment to himself. "She is the best roommate – she stayed away all day today so I could run around naked and watch Real Housewives of Atlanta," he adds. "I will do the same for her."

His superb skating put him in sixth place among the final group of men who go for the gold Thursday night. Weir's teammate Evan Lysacek skated flawlessly and sits in second behind Russian Evgeni Plushenko, just ahead of third place finisher Daisuke Takahashi of Japan.

"I had fun, showed my heart and smiled," Weir says of his Vancouver debut. "I want to show my heart and take fans on a journey – that's my goal here."

Did he watch his competition? "I saw one skater out of the corner of my mascara," he says. "I knew a medal was far-fetched for me," he adds of his 82.10 score, but fans should look forward "to a good cat fight along the way."

For his long program Weir will skate to "City of Angels" and "Nocturne" from The Lady Caliph, and he says with a wink, "I may get the urge to throw more glitter in my hair."

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