Earlier this year I went to Worlds in London and after following the season quite closely I knew who the main men were and was excited to see those I’d never seen before.
During one of the first mens practices Team Japan took to the ice and I noticed this cutie pie (or as my cousin likes to call him ‘an adorable alien’)
I knew who Yuzuru Hanyu was: World Bronze Medalist, holder of the SP world record, current Japanese champion, so I expected some great skating. But then this happened….
And you couldn’t help but love this poor fellow. He was having no luck with the jumps and I just wanted to give him a hug.
Next came the SP and I was excited to see this record breaking program live, but then this happened….
And my love began to grow.
Practice the next day was similar…
By the time the freeskate came my cousin, aunt, the ladies beside me and myself were all calling him Yuzu and we were cheering him on and hoping for redemption. And then this happened….
And then I cheered some more as Yuzu collapsed to the ice and almost passed out when he finished.
And then my cousin and I kept a running list of what skaters needed to score to help Yuzu rise in the standings. And while Yuzu didn’t quite make the podium I had a new favourite mens skater.
And since then my love has only grown.
Everything I love about Yuzu
– He’s adorable
– That entry into a triple axel
– That ina bauer
Couple things I’m not entirely sure about
– Biellmann spin (that came as a surprise in London)
And now my favourite videos:
1. 2006 Japanese Jr Nationals FS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-0w1IEYD0s) – tiny Yuzu!
2. 2012 Worlds FS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2ejAjIFkfo) – breakthrough bronze medal performance
3. 2013 Japanese Stars on Ice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAxP6S2yP9M&list=HL1383093465) – Hello I Love You
4. 2013 Finlandia Trophy FS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXSvXLCEvns – debut of his new R&J freeskate
5. 2013 Documentary – Yuzuru Hanyu, the Determination of a Young Challenger (choose CC for English subtitles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQVF75xm4_M – new documentary I was linked to when looking for another. Chronicles Yuzu’s R&J music selection for his FS and his preparations for this season.
I’ll end my long awaited Yuzu post by saying I will be cheering hard for Yuzu to make that Olympic podium this year and I think he has what it takes to dominate this upcoming quad leading to 2018. Yuzu needs bit more time to control those jumps and a little more polish but I think he’s in the right place to achieve this. Go Yuzu!