“This place is the single scariest thing I’ve ever experienced,” former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir told a psychic medium during a trip back to his southern Lancaster County hometown for a Lifetime TV reality show.
Weir was talking about a brick warehouse that he said terrified him when he was a child growing up in Quarryville.
For episode 5 of the seventh season of the celebrity ghost-story show “The Haunting of …,” which aired Saturday night on the LMN cable network, Weir met Kim Russo, known as The Happy Medium, at the warehouse located near a set of railroad tracks.
On the show, Weir said he and his parents used to visit the property because the warehouse was formerly owned by family friends. Boys who lived there used to tease him, Weir recalled, and try to force him to go into the building though he was afraid of it.
Weir told Russo the warehouse engendered his lifelong fear of being kidnapped. He also said he wanted to face his fears now that he’s a 30-year-old man.
During the show, Weir said the building formerly stored farm equipment. The current owners of the property are quoted as saying the building that previously stood on the property was lost in a fire.
On the show, Weir talks about his painful divorce from husband Victor Voronov, and about his parents and his two grandfathers. Weir has said in interviews that he still visits family in Lancaster County.
Weir’s family moved to Delaware for his training after he showed promise as a figure skater in middle school.
Picking up on what she said is psychic energy in the old warehouse, Russo told Weir that she believes the building that previously stood on the warehouse site was used to hold African-American women who had been kidnapped by postal worker and slave trader Thomas McCreary during the 1850s and sold into slavery in the South.
The show offered no proof of that claim.
Russo also suggested Weir has lived previous lives as a woman, possibly including one as an African-American slave named Sarah who was kidnapped by McCreary.
Weir, now an NBC TV figure skating commentator, is a three-time U.S. national champion in men’s figure skating. He skated in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, and came in fifth and sixth, respectively, and was a commentator during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
He’s known as a fashionista, and often wears fur, feathers and sparkly clothing. He and Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski have appeared as commentators on other TV events such as a post-Academy Awards fashion wrap-up.
According to Weir's Facebook page, he is selling off pieces from his wardrobe through the Linda's Stuff consignment site on eBay and giving a portion of the proceeds to the Quarryville fire department. Items include designer shirts, shoes, bags, coats, jackets, pants and boots.
Weir has also been down the reality-show road before, letting cameras document his life and skating career on the 2010 Sundance Channel show, “Be Good Johnny Weir.”