10:36 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 04/30/2010 10:30AM
When skating rivals Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir were battling for a spot on the Olympic podium at the Vancouver Winter Games in February, Weir remarked that showdown would be a great "catfight."
The dust-up intensified this week off the ice as Olympic gold medalist Lysacek, competing on Dancing with the Stars, and Weir, a three-time U.S. Champion, traded slurs and barbs.
"We are at war," Weir told PEOPLE on Thursday. "My claws are out."
Originally posted 02/22/2010 07:30AM
On his way to becoming the first U.S. man to win figure skating gold in 22 years, Evan Lysacek had a little help from another Olympic gold medalist – gymnast Nastia Liukin.
The pair – who met in October 2008 in Rapid City, S.D., while performing on the NBC special Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular – have been close friends since last summer.
"We met a couple of years ago at a gymnastics and skating show," Liukin says. "We've gotten to know each other really well and [are] able to connect because there's nothing like the Olympics. We both know what it takes to try for the ultimate dream of being an Olympic champion."
After meeting, "We just became really good friends and become really close since then," adds Lysacek. They attended the ESPYs together last July, and in August, Lysacek went to Dallas to cheer on Liukin during her gymnastics comeback at the U.S. Nationals. "It was cool but nerve-racking watching her compete – to be on the balance beam like that? For me, it's easier to do it then watch it," says Lysacek, 24.
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