The Queen of Bryant Park: Long May He Slay


UPDATE! Scroll down to the bonus section for NEW Johnny & Tara videos from US Nationals plus a whole playlist of goodies.


Beautiful Johnny — our beloved Winter Village Skating Ambassador aka Queen of Bryant Park, as he refers to himself on the podcast — after his performance at the Winter Carnival Opening Night Skating Showcase in Bryant Park. Photo via @RJJaczko.


So Johnny was the headliner for Bryant Park’s Skating Showcase last Friday, which also was his final performance for his first season as the newly crowned Winter Village Skating Ambassador. He had quite a full day at the park, taking to the ice during the early afternoon public skating session, serving as emcee for the evening’s festivities, performing — appropriately enough — to Queen Bey, and ending with greeting virtually every. last. person. at the rink after his performance, a number of whom were Yuri on Ice fans who had come to see him skate for the first time.

One of them summed it all up beautifully in this Tumblr post:

Please enjoy a brief escape from our ongoing national nightmare via a billion pics below of this royal event, plus multiple videos AND a fun bonus section that offers exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the US Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City. #mommylovesit


REHEARSAL

Randomly skating during the public skate time, before they officially closed the rink for rehearsals.

Johnny Weir at Bryant Park Skating Rink. by Nancy Madacsi‎

 

Clip recorded during the public skate.

#JohnnyWeir 2xs 🎖 #OlympicFigureSkater #BryantPark #NYC #WinterVillage #IceSkating 🎿 by @angelich29

 

Video of the Day honors go to makeup artist Christina Lee Adams for this public skate gem featuring Johnny and hair artist Mariola Zysk.

You can cash us ousside @johnnygweir @mariolazysk by @christinaleeadams

 

And then he returned after the rink was cleared to warm up for the show.

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The look on his face . . . #mommyhatesit?

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PRESHOW EMCEE

Johnny welcomes the capacity crowd to the opening night of the annual Winter Carnival.

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With Bank of America’s Lisa Carnoy, who presented Special Olympics New York with a $10,000 donation.

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I like that during this important moment, people took multiple photos of his golden-bladed skates.

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VIDEO!


Johnny as emcee at the beginning of the showcase. Exclusive video thanks to Jenn Kittler!
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PERFORMANCE

Gorgeous shot of his now-iconic opening pose.

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@JohnnyGWeir @bryantparknyc Winter Carnival. Johnny. 👏 by @de0anima

 

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Johnny Weir’s spread eagle. #johnnyweir #bryantpark #figureskating by @crys_sun

 

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Johnny Weir’s performance @ Bryant Park. Still in fantastic shape! #johnnyweir #bryantpark #figureskating #bryantparkwintervillage by @crys_sun

 

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We call everything on the ice, love. #johnnyweir #bryantpark #figureskating by @ann3tics

 

Immediately after he finished skating, he was back on the mic to finish out the show with more charming emcee-ing. Because who needs to stop and breathe for a minute after all that . . . ?

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VIDEO!


Johnny’s performance plus bonus curtain call! Exclusive video thanks to Jenn Kittler.
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[Judges’ note re: video title: -3.00 GOE for “dances” instead of “skates.”]
Alternate angle of his performance plus curtain call.
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And his performance as seen on Bryant Park’s Facebook Live broadcast.
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POST-PERFORMANCE: IMPROMPTU MEET-N-GREET

Attendees were not promised a meet-n-greet with him, but, as always, Johnny made the rounds to help ensure that everyone who wanted to meet him / get an autograph / take a selfie had the chance to do so. I love all the captions on these.

Precious cinnamon roll @johnnygweir #bryantpark by @ann3tics

 

im so glad @JohnnyGWeir liked my sweater by @swamp_f

 

How beautiful is @johnnygweir ? by @joanjazzz

 

Selfies with Johnny Weir after skating and hosting the Skating Showcase, opening event of Winter Carnival at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, January 27, 2017 @bryantparknyc @bankofamerica @johnnygweir #bryantpark #bankofamerica #wintervillage #wintercarnival #skatingshowcase #johnnyweir @nycgo @nycparks #nycgo #nycparks #january #winter #skating #iceskating by @bigbobnyc

 

My very first time watching a live ice skating show and I had the opportunity to meet the amazing Johnny Weir! Plus watch the incredible synchronized skating team The Skyliners and many others great performers. Hands up for an amazing night 🙌🏻⛸ #bryantpark #wintervillage #iceskating #johnnyweir #nyc #tgif #fridaynight #fashiondiaries by @hannatischer

 

GOOD DAY!TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY AND @johnnygweir WAS GORGEOUS!!! #bryantparkwintervillage #johnnyweir by @interncastiel

 

GUESS FUCKING WHAT EVEN CLOSER!!! by @merrymareep

 

finally met the Queen of Bryant Park! Love you Johnny so much! ⛸❤ @johnnygweir #bryantpark by @_pam_k___

 

This beautiful angel swan graced us with his presence. I’m truly blessed. @johnnygweir #johnnyweir by @justiney

 

Twe got a selfie!! thank uuu @JohnnyGWeir by @buckysnowangel

 

With Yuri on Ice cosplayers. More pics here.

SENPAI NOTICED US! Thank you @johnnygweir for an amazing night! ♡♡♡ #yurionice #yurionicecosplay #katsukiyuri #yurikatsuki #victornikiforov #wintervillage by @ferenteeny

 

I’m such a fan girl right now, and I don’t care who knows it. ⛸@johnnyweir thank you, thank you, thank you! #figureskater #iceheroes #skaterforlife by @hannah.travels

 

A thrill to meet @johnnygweir at the #bryantparkwintervillage by @rbarri2002

 

Christine, me & @johnnygweir. Yes, this happened!!! by @joanjazzz

 

So happy I got to meet the one and only johnny weir!!!💕⛸ by @whoisirma

 

Stellar performance tonight at Bryant park and thanks Johnny Weir for stopping to take this pic with me when you probably wanted to go home! #bryantpark by @schatznicole7

 

Yesterday I got the opportunity to meet Johnny Weir at Bryant Park in a beautiful skating event that Bank of America supported! I just got into skating and knew about him a few months ago, feel in love with his work and his passion and can’t believe I met this incredibly talented person! Cheers for him!!! ❤️💪🏻 for history makers!!!! #wintervillage #bryantpark #skating #johnnyweir #nyc #bankofamerica #yoi #happy by @elaprez

 

“Yeah, it’s all see through ;) ” First time watching a live performance since starting to skate. You SLAYED, @johnnygweir 😍 what an appropriate outfit to match the NYC lights. by @angry_coffee

 

With Special Olympics athlete Emma O’Donnell.

I am beyond blessed to have this amazing weekend. I got a picture and autograph with the 2 time Men’s Olympic champion Johnny Weir and landed all my jumps in my performance by @sk8r_onice_eo

BONUS: US NATS

Yay we have a few exclusive photos from Kansas City thanks to my dear friend Chris Krafft, who attended the men’s competition on the last day of #USChamps17!

Johnny in the booth well ahead of his on-air time, making notes and watching skaters whom he would not be commentating on, simply for the love of the sport. Chris says, “You could see his appreciation for the skaters and how focused he was on each performance.”

 

Here he’s carefully putting away a gift from a fan between on-air segments. Chris says, “There was a constant crowd looking over the railing into the broadcast booth. But he never looked up and acknowledged all the spectators, I think to avoid creating a huge distraction that would have taken the focus away from the competitors.”

 

On the air!

 

Love this photo. Nathan Chen has just won the gold, and he’s in the background being interviewed in the kiss-and-cry while NBC prepares to go live. Scott Hamilton has joined the panel for the closing segment, but he’s well-hidden in this shot between Tara and Terry. This pleases me.

 

Bonus screencap as they go on the air. LOL the body language.


VIDEO!

We have just two Johnny & Tara broadcast segments up thus far, but possibly more to come.


Opening segment for the pairs free skate on Saturday. The sound is slightly out of sync, but they’re adorable anyway.
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Johnny & Tara’s behind-the-scenes piece, which aired during the Gala broadcast this past weekend.
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And, ICYMI: here are their Facebook Live chats!


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UPDATE: MORE NATS VIDEOS!

Please enjoy the entire US Nats Gala which I refuse to call the Smuckers Skating Spectacular because reasons playlist here. Special thanks to Jenn Kittler for all of these.


JT&T’s opening segment from the Gala.
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Johnny and Tara with Nathan Chen.
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JT&T’s closing Gala segment.
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BONUS FLASHBACK VIDEO

Please enjoy another look at this program involving the rarely seen black costume from Johnny’s appearance at Sun Valley.


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