The Honorable Johnny Weir: ‘The Most Beautiful Figure Skater in the World’

jw_bpnyc_11-01-2016_10aJohnny with two very lucky young skaters in his official debut appearance as the first-ever Bank of America Winter Village Skating Ambassador / Ambassadress (as he calls himself in his speech below) at Bryant Park, NYC. Photo via Stuart Ramson, whose caption pleases me greatly: ‘World Champion #iceskater #johnnyweir kicks off the season at the #bankofamericawintervillageatbryantpark opening ceremony.’


Kayso here’s a ton of coverage of Johnny’s inaugural outing as the first-ever Bank of America Winter Village Skating Ambassador / Ambassadress because he was brilliant and lovely and kind and all the things a Skating Ambassador should be, and I loved everything people posted, especially their descriptions of him, so I couldn’t bear to cut anything so here you go. Also we have exclusive video, of both his speech and his performance, plus a zillion short clips from every conceivable angle. And we have him referred to variously as “World Champion,” “Olympic Gold Medalist,” “great Olympian,” “spectacular and gracious,” “amazing,” “perfect,” and, as noted in the headline, “the most beautiful figure skater in the world.” I’m not sure he always understands how much he is loved and respected by people from all walks of life, so I’m thrilled whenever there’s a flood of goodwill that comes his way via one of these types of events. So if you need me, I’ll just be here all day, hiding from the election in this wonderful winter garden of happy with our dazzling Skating Ambassador.

Note: the astonishing amount of stuff below is arranged in roughly the order in which it happened: his rehearsal, his speech, his performance to ‘Creep,’ the ribbon-cutting to officially open the rink for the season, and the brief kid skating session.


UPDATE! New pics added below from this article, plus more!


REHEARSAL

Via George Franchell.

 

Via George Franchell.

 

Via Chris Black.

 

NEW!

by @nyatuspies

 

We caught @johnnygweir warming up for the 5:30pm Grand Opening Ceremony of the @bryantparknyc #wintervillage! Phenomenal!! ⛸👏🏻⛸👏🏻⛸🙌🏻 by @thepodhotels

 

Ice skating in Midtown can make your trip to the dentist magical. #iceskating #shotoniphone7plus #nyc 💖❄️⛸🌆 by @mikellk

 

Amazing slow-motion clip.

❄️⛸❄️⛸ #shotoniphone7plus #nyc #iceskating by @mikellk

JOHNNY’S SPEECH

Some mild stalking of @johnnygweir #flawless #wintervillagebryantpark #nyc by @elisaholland

 

@de0anima

 

#bryantpark #iamhyattcentrictsq the rink is officially open #happywinter #johnnyweir by @dreaowen913

 

VIDEO!


Johnny’s speech! Exclusive video thanks to Jenn Kittler.
Video link.


‘CREEP’ PERFORMANCE

PHOTOS

And so it begins #wintervillage @bryantparknyc @johnnygweir #iceskating #nyc #newyork #happy by @poopiej

 

That black almost a cloud like motion in the middle is actually an Olympian ice skating ⛸⛸⛸ . . . #bryantpark #iceskating #openingceremony #olympiandancing #johnnyweir by @hinali17

 

by @SI Live

 

NEW!

A shot of @johnnygweir from the press box at the opening of @bryantparknyc Winter Village last night! Beautiful performance! #bryantpark #johnnyweir #bryantparkwintervillage #bankofamerica #figureskating #olympian #skateambassadress by @kccioffi

 

Post-work field trip to see @johnnygweir, followed by way too much free food. Eighteen year old me was very excited #hashbrownnofilter #bryantpark #wintervillagebryantpark #johnnyweir #figureskating #nyc by @rachelbbbbb

 

The perks of living in NYC as told by Olympic Gold Medalist @johnnygweir by @_kapes

 

What a treat to see @johnnygweir skate tonight! ⛸❄️✨ by @theincrdblhulse

 

Johnny Weir skating at the opening of Bryant Park’s Winter Village. by @glennrubenstein

 

@JohnnyGWeir @bryantparknyc 11.1.2016 👏😊💜 (as b4, ‘Creep’ by radiohead my fav, bt ths version 👍 esp w/JWG interpretation 👌) by @ de0anima

 

by @ de0anima

 

by @ de0anima

 

Johnny @johnnygweir i missed you so much 💙 #bryantpark #johnnyweir #ilovefigureskating by @smeysa

 

Любите ли вы Джонни Вейра так, как люблю его я? :) by @dirty.tu

 

Johnny weir was perfect and I lm so happy by @elvendorks

 

by @SI Live

 

NEW!

#bryantparknyc #bryantpark #iceskating #wintervillage #skating #manhattan #nycphotographer #nyc #nikon #nikonphotography #nikonphoto #nikonworld #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #sigmaphoto #sigma70200f28 #newyorkcity #photography #photooftheday #portrait #nikond600pic #photographylovers #photographyislifee #figureskating by @marcus_beasley_photography

 

CLIPS

always SUCH a pleasure to see @JohnnyGWeir skate. #wintervillage by @bydaysbreak

 

Enjoy a minute of the great Olympian @JohnnyGWeir at the opening of @BankofAmerica #wintervillage @bryantparknyc by @JeffBarkerNY

 

Just #johnnyweir in a sensible black rehearsal skirt. Love him and moments like this in #nyc #creep by @effingtrackerjacker

 

#surprise #2016 #bryantpark #winter #wintervillage #skating #johnnyweir Came across this grand opening for BOA winter village, so glad to see his performance⛸⛸⛸❄️❄️❄️ by @missmangomo

 

Opening day at Bryant Park Winter Village with Johnny Weir by @allie_wallie2

 

So happy that I got to see Johnny Weir skate at Bryant Park tonight! by @rinlins

 

#wintervillagebryantpark by @lucilenec38

 

Johnny Weir performing as the official ambassador for Bryant Park skate rink. by @explosionlimit

 

He is the most beautiful figure skater in the world. I looooove him so much💖💖💖 #bryantpark #iceskating #johnnygweir #amazing #love❤️ #nyc #newyork #ニューヨーク by @hanpenn55

 

プロのアイススケート選手がセレモニーで初滑りしてたんだけど、イケメンすぎた👼🏻#johnnyweir #bryantpark #iceskating #wintervillage by @mu301

 

Johnny Weir performing in Bryant park. This was amazing by @schmeagers

 

#bryantparkiceskating #grandopening #⛸ #💝 #👑 #awesome #☻ #Johnnyweir #usa #🇺🇸 by @bk_moon

 

NEW!

And one more from the man himself:

Heaven is NYC+@kimnicky+Skirt+Ice. Thank you @bryantparknyc and @bankofamerica for these wonderful moments in my life. 📽@xstagee by @johnnygweir

 

VIDEO!


Johnny’s complete performance. Exclusive video thanks again to Jenn Kittler!
Video link.

 


Alternate angle.
Video link.

 

And the complete event prior to the ribbon cutting from yet another angle, via CurbedNY. Johnny is introduced beginning at about 0:33 and gives his speech at about 2:03. Team Image Synchronized Skating performs at about 3:17, and Johnny performs “Creep’ at about 8:40.


RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY

I’m just gonna say it, @JohnnyGWeir is a national treasure. by @thechangeu12c

 

by @thechangeu12c

 

And the Bank of America Winter Village at @bryantparknyc is now open! Big thank you to Skating Ambassador, @johnnygweir for joining us and kicking off the evening. (Stuart Ramson / AP Images for Bank of America) by @ttcgram

 

Grand opening performance & ribbon cutting at #LUMANYC’s neighbors, the #wintervillage at #bryantpark, with #SkatingAmbassador @johnnygweir! Thanks to @bankofamerica for making #NewYorkCity’s only FREE #iceskating rink possible! Enjoy eats, ice & shops! 🎥 courtesy of @bryantparknyc #⛸ #❄️ #LUMANYC #💡🌃🍎 #nyc #newyork #winter #holiday #midtown by @lumahoteltimessquare

 

by @SI Live

 

Via Irving Ezzy Larios.


SELFIES / SKATING WITH KIDS

As always, everyone wants a pic with Johnny.

Grand opening with our favorite, the incomparable @johnnygweir! #wintervillage ❄️⛄️ #todayinbryantpark #winteriscoming #skate #nyc by @nina10003

 

First skate of the season, opening of the ice rink, no video of The Official Johnny G. Weir because he did something to my phone, my guess is that my phone couldn’t take his mojo. by @Irving Ezzy Larios

 

Got so lucky to meet Johnny Weir at the opening of Bryant Park Ice Rink!!! by @ice_skater_jackie

 

Johnny Weirの演技をこんな近くで観れるなんて、NY来てよかった✨ #johnnyweir #bryantpark #nyc #manhattan #figureskating #ニューヨーク #感動した #美しかった #ジョニーウィアー by @emitks

 

@johnnygweir at #wintervillage in Bryant Park. Spectacular and gracious! by @asyablue

 

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, our two lucky young skaters from the lead photo above got to skate around the rink with Johnny.

jw_jk_bpnyc_11-01-2016_01Exclusive photo courtesy of Jenn Kittler.

 

jw_jk_bpnyc_11-01-2016_02Exclusive photo courtesy of Jenn Kittler.

 

jw_jk_bpnyc_11-01-2016_03Exclusive photo courtesy of Jenn Kittler.

 

jw_jk_bpnyc_11-01-2016_04Exclusive photo courtesy of Jenn Kittler.

 

jw_jk_bpnyc_11-01-2016_05Exclusive photo courtesy of Jenn Kittler.

 

Beautiful, as always! You are the best! by @thebettycollection

 

by @de0anima

 

by @SI Live

 

by @SI Live

 

With the Team Image synchro skaters.

Fantastic performance by @johnnygweir at the Bank of America Winter Village opening at @bryantparknyc. ⛸ by @ttcgram

 

And at the end of the evening, The Honorable Ambassador / Ambassadress posted a shot of the Winter Village from an amazing vantage point.

What a wonderful time tonight at my favorite place to skate in New York, @bryantparknyc by @johnnygweir

BONUS PIC

The only election post I’ve enjoyed for months. Also this was geotagged “Downtown Chicago State Street.” If anyone knows their way around an election, it would be my city.

by @kingpimpmillionaire

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  1 comment for “The Honorable Johnny Weir: ‘The Most Beautiful Figure Skater in the World’

  1. Chris
    November 2, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Thank you for the fabulous post! Jenn K you lucky lady!!! Thank you for the vids. The slow motion spin is unbelievable! Just watching it over and over!

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