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Getting to know: Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan’s first men’s figure skating gold medalist
His coach, Brian Orser, is a two-time Olympic silver medalist. Hanyu trains with Orser in Toronto, Canada. He got his start skating at age four after watching sister Saya.
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Getting to know: Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan’s first men’s figure skating gold medalist
Javier Fernandez, the fourth-place Sochi finisher, also trains with Orser. Hanyu and Fernandez had a “quad-off” during the 2012 “The Ice” tour in Japan, and push each other in practices.
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Getting to know: Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan’s first men’s figure skating gold medalist
In his senior Worlds debut, Hanyu took silver, the same year his hometown was affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. “As soon as the big quake stopped, I ran out of the building in my skating boots,” he said of the quake. “I had no time to put on the blade covers, so my blades were damaged. I was terrified.”
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Getting to know: Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan’s first men’s figure skating gold medalist
He’s competed against – and beat – Canadian Patrick Chan a number of times, but holds great admiration for the skater: "Thanks to him, I believe I am beginning to grasp my own style. I became able to do what I can."
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Getting to know: Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan’s first men’s figure skating gold medalist
Hanyu can feel pretty tense before an important skate. He told Japanese press that he used to not feel satisfied until he attempted multiple jumps in his warm up, but his coach has been weaning him off jumping too much in warm up.
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