Yuzuru Hanyu!! Olympic Champion!

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!)

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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!

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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!

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And then he flipped out on the 3F and I screamed “Yuzu!”

And then he nailed 3A-3T and I cheered again!

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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.

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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 🙂

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And congrats to Brian, two Olympic golds to go with his silvers.

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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!

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“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!)

18 Responses

  1. Maria Guerra

    Actually I thought of you and other Yuzuru-Patrick fans (there are quite a number) and the mix of emotions you must be going through as to how the men’s Olympic figure skating event played out.. As has more than once been noted, Yuzuru and Japan’s triumph owes a great deal to your country (Canada). Besides his Canadian coaches and choreographers, Yuzuru acknowledges how having Patrick as a benchmark and the experience of falling short against him in Skate Canada and TEB improved his (Yuzuru’s) skating. When I saw his fight in the TEB after botching his first two quad jumps and also in the GPF after (again) falling on his quad salchow I knew that mentally he has what it takes to be Olympic champion. It was Yuzuru’s fighting spirit to make the best of his long program despite falling on two of his first three jumps and later messing his jump combination that that won him the gold medal. His long program may not be Olympian in the traditional sense because of the mistakes, but it does demonstrate the importance of perseverance and never giving up. And I think that is what, besides his obvious talent and skating skills, makes Yuzuru so special.

  2. Reblogged this on My Pigeon-Toed Life and commented:
    My cousin just wrote the best article about the adorable Yuzuru Hanyu, the new Mens Figure Skating Olympic Champion! I thought I’d share it 🙂

  3. ゆうこ

    Hello! I am Japanese. I enjoyed to read your blog. Thank you. You love Yuzu as Japanese!! I like him very much too:). He is so cute!!! I can not speak English better… So I speak broken English:(. But I want to speak English better!!! So I will come here again!
    Name. Yuko
    Age. 15.

    In Japanese, Yuzuru Hanyu is 羽生結弦!!

    羽生結弦大好き!!これからも応援しましょーね!

  4. Hello, I found your website after looking for all things Yuzuru Hanyu and enjoyed reading your blogs about him, especially the one with the links to good videos. I watched his performance during Sochi, and it was great, and after I read up about what he went through, he really is inspirational. I would love to see him perform in real life. I think you seem to know about figure skating, and wondered if you knew if there was a way to find out what events he would be performing in? I don’t know enough to know whether skaters always attend certain events or not. I’d really appreciate it if you could help! Many thanks

    Kay

  5. Hi, thanks for your enjoyable many comment about Yuzuru! Do you know that he jumped 4 Lo after the world? Amazing man ! He showed 4 Lo at Ice show in Japan. Now he has 3 types of quad. I am looking forward his advancing,

    • Thank you for your comments! I heard about the 4 Loop, I can’t wait for a video of it. I’m excited to see if he incorporates into his programs next season.

  6. Hi! I’m a Yuzu-fan and I happen to chance on your post “That time I fell in love with Yuzuru Hanyu”. After reading that, I read this one. Enjoyed both very much! Thank you!

    Just one thing — Yuzu did not go to Brian Orser because of Kim Yuna. He went because he saw what Javier Fernandez was doing. Subtitles are sometimes not accurate, and also it’s easily misunderstood because Orser is often referred to as Kim Yuna’s (ex-)coach. But I watched a Japanese interview and Yuzu said,”I went to Orser who was Kim Yuna’s coach. But I did not choose Orser because of that. It was because I saw Javier Fernandez doing 2 kinds of quads and I want to do that too. So I decided on Orser because he is Javier’s coach.” I’m paraphrasing but he said something like that. Because it came from his own mouth, this should be right (and I am fluent in Japanese as well as English).

    Thank you again for sharing your experiences and for such interesting write-ups!!! Great blog!

  7. from: Jean Kim. Hello,thank you very much for your kind comment for Yuzu and Patrick. I just found Yuzu at Sochi Olympic , somehow, I really liked him that he is polite, humble,etc..I am not a figure skate expert, however, there was a little misunderstanding for coach Oser. He didn’t choose him because of Yu Na Kim. I have watched documentary that Yuzu said, order to win on competion, he need a good skill for quad jump. Yuzu was inspired by Javier Fernandez. So when Yuzu asked to Oser to learn from him, And clearly request to Oser, with Javier permission,,That is the main reason, I falling in love with him,,,He is so consider for others. He doesn’t want to interfere of Javier …Good news was, Javier said, he doesn’t mind at all…Javier has warm heart too…

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  11. I wonder if you have already seen this, but just in case, here I found Yuzuru Hanyu – Olympic Gold Medalist – Press Conference 04/24/2014.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0BgwnsETTk&app=desktop
    I am always impressed with him being so calm and relaxed with any interviews.

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