My emotions were all over the place watching the Men’s FS this morning. I adore Yuzu but it’s Patrick Chan. I was gutted for Patrick but ecstatic for Yuzu. It was a morning of mixed emotions. Anyone who’s read my blog knows these are my two favourite skaters. Instead of a Men’s FS Recap I’m planning two appreciation posts, both of these men deserve it.
Yuzuru Hanyu Olympic Champion!
I think I was emotionally prepared for Patrick to get silver, I was not emotionally prepared for Yuzu becoming an Olympic Champion.
After Worlds last year I remember watching a documentary (in Japanese, with subtitles) about Yuzu’s move to Canada. He said he wanted to win the Olympics, and because Brian Orser had led Yu-Na to Olympic gold he wanted to train with Brian. I remember thinking he didn’t stand a chance. But Yuzu has been on such an upward spiral since October, I can’t help but be extremely happy for him.
Let’s start with the SP:
I think this SP is the main reason why Yuzuru Hanyu is where he is today. Jeff Buttle created a perfect program for him. It brings out Yuzu’s personality and embraces his loose style. Yuzu owns this program. It’s choreographed brilliantly and the judges love it. I will be very sad to see it go!
In the SP (and in the Team Event) Yuzu could not put a foot wrong. Effortless. Flawless. I watched this program on my phone during class and I wanted to jump out of my seat. He won the competition with this SP.
And then the marks came up. 101.45!!! World Record!!!!! (and then possibly my favourite pictures from the entire event happened! Look at their expressions! Priceless!)
I’m positive Romeo & Juliet by Nino Rota is my favourite music. It’s one of the main reasons why I love Yuzu’s FS this season. I was nervous today, not as nervous as for the SP but still nervous. Today I was mostly excited! I love this program (and Patrick’s) and wanted some really good skates!
Yuzu started with a classic 4S fall, those who have been following Yuzu all season know this is an almost choreographed fall!
Then he fought for a gorgeous 4T and I cheered!
And then he flipped out on the 3F and I screamed “Yuzu!”
And then he nailed 3A-3T and I cheered again!
And then the Yuzu that I fell in love with at 2013 Worlds showed up. Things weren’t easy but he fought. He fought for every one of those jumps. I yelled “push” a few times as he started to fade, but he powered through.
It wasn’t as light and easy as his short. It wasn’t perfect like his short. It was a fight. A solid fight. A solid effort. It wasn’t the skate he wanted. It wasn’t the skate I wanted to see.
When the event was finished I was in shock. Yuzu is the Olympic Champion. I still can’t believe it. I don’t think Yuzu could believe it either 🙂
And congrats to Brian, two Olympic golds to go with his silvers.
I’ve since watched his skate again and I think it’s better the second time around. Technically he was the best tonight. Artistically he still has room to grow. And I can’t wait to see him develop in this way as we head to 2018! He needs something to improve upon!
Seriously Yuzu, could you be more adorable!
“I thought the gold medal was not in my hands, I was so nervous and I was so tired.” Asked if he thought he would win, Hanyu shook his head. “No, I was so sad.”
Asked what his gold medal means for his devastated hometown of Sendai, Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu paused and said it was a difficult question, “Maybe I am a gold medalist at these Olympics, but this medal can’t really help out the recovery in that region. I still feel helpless here. I still feel like I can’t really help. But because I am a gold medalist, maybe I will be able to do something for the recovery. Perhaps there is something I could do going forward.”
I know it wasn’t the skate he wanted today but even a flawed skate can be worthy of an Olympic title. Congratulation Yuzu! I can’t wait to see what he brings in the next 4 years!
Thanks for reading!
– Justine Alyssa
(all of my gifs and photos came from tumblr. i am not trying to take credit for them. i have no idea how to make them. thanks to the members of the Yuzu fandom, both new and old!)