Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan reacts to his score after the men's single free skating competition final Saturday. Photo: REUTERS
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Hanyu wins men's figure skating gold; silver for Uno

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Kickin’ a$$ and breakin’ senior’s hearts! Well done Mr Hanyu. Best skater of all time?

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Lots of wonderful performances today, and very, very happy for Hanyu, Uno, and Fernandez!!!

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2 Olympic gold! Congratulations. Otsukaresama!

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I’m not an expert, but Hanyu does seem to have a positive showmanship that most other Japanese athletes lack.

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I’m not an expert, but Hanyu does seem to have a positive showmanship that most other Japanese athletes lack.

> Yup, he's even cheering for his rivals

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Seeing Hanyru in tears when he found out that Uno had taken second place was really something.

Well done to both of them.

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Fernandez’ choice of music, Man of LaMancha medley was good, too.

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So they don't give out medals anymore? Just stupid dolls they have to hold up for cameras?

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Congratulations to Yuzuru, an amazing achievement, especially considering he only was able to seriously train for a month prior to these games due to his injury.

However, I do think his fellow countryman Uno had the superior free skate performance. If it wasn't for that botched opening jump, who knows.

In terms of greatest figure skater of all time, he certainly has rights to that. But no doubt people from other countries will disagree.

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The awards ceremony will be held later this evening.

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Seeing Hanyru in tears when he found out that Uno had taken second place was really something.

What? Hanyru could even look Uno in the eyes. Too busy hugging the bronze medalist.

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He's a great skater, but not the best of all time. There are past world champion's in both the women's and men's that have 10 world championship titles and one man that won 7 consecutive world championships, that's hard to beat! But still He's a great skater.

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I didn't see it, but I'm sure I'll get plenty of chances to see it in the coming days on Japanese TV (!)

Well done to him. His is a great story. It's easy to forget with the flashy costumes and classical music, but figure skaters are incredible athletes. You can't leap that high and spin that many times without a very powerful body.

Check out this thread with comments from people who've done both figure skating and ice hockey.

https://www.quora.com/Which-is-harder-Figure-Skating-or-Ice-Hockey

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Well done to him. His is a great story. It's easy to forget with the flashy costumes and classical music, but figure skaters are incredible athletes. You can't leap that high and spin that many times without a very powerful body.

The same could be said of ballet dancers.

I respect their physical conditioning and hard work, but I don’t think ‘athletes’ is the right word. ‘Dancers’ would be more accurate.

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Well done Yuzuru, epic performance!

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Hidden near the end of the article:

American quad king Nathan Chen rebounded from a disastrous short program that left him in 17th place to land six quads, touching down on one of them, for 215.08 points in free skate

Ha ha ha. He did another 'Asada Mao'!!!!

The only difference is that, everyone here not being a sports fan as such, this was completely forgotten, unlike 4 years ago in the women's. But, at the end of the day, a big fat zero.

Anyway, congratulations to all medalists and Chen for that free. We're not going to hear the end of this - day in day out until one month after the Olympics.

Predictions for the women's!

A Russian skater, but without the cheating courtesy of the judges.

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FizzBit, “So they don't give out medals anymore? Just stupid dolls they have to hold up for cameras?”

For all the events they’ve been giving winning athletes the stuffed animals immediately after. Then some hours later they receive their medals at a ceremony in a special venue. I think they are not giving the little bouquets of flowers that have been customary in the past?

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I see Britain won their first ever skiing medal yesterday. Joy!

Is that the one where they tie planks on their feet, and slide on the snow?

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There was lot of genius from quiet a few incredible athletes there. Simply astounding.

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Do zzBitToday  02:58 pm JST

Seeing Hanyru in tears when he found out that Uno had taken second place was really something.

“What? Hanyru could even look Uno in the eyes. Too busy hugging the bronze medalist.”

Did you mean “could not even”? Even so the comment does not make a lot of sense. Fernandez, who is the boyfriend of Miki Ando, trains with the same coach, Brian Orser, as Hanyu. I believe they are friendly rivals.

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I loved the way he pranced to the medal podium. It was so extra and made my entire day lol

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Well done. Congratulations

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Dunno much about Hanyu or figure skating but reckon this young man is remarkably strong mentally. Favorites often crumble under pressure especially after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury but Hanyu seems to thrive/get stronger.

As an aside, what will he do with the winnie the pooh toys, give them to charity?

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As an aside, what will he do with the winnie the pooh toys, give them to charity?

According to the news reports, he does exactly that. -Donates the Poohs (Winnie’s?) to local children’s facilities and charities at all venues he competes in.

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PS to FizzBit,

Not to mention that Hanyu and Uno also hugged and looked each in the eyes. So I really have no idea what you are going on about.

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Seeing Hanyru in tears when he found out that Uno had taken second place was really something.

What? Hanyru could even look Uno in the eyes. Too busy hugging the bronze medalist.

Uno skated last. So him getting 2nd meant Hanyu got 1st. This is why Hanyu was crying. The bronze medalist, as mentioned, is Hanyu's training partner.

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Well done! Not only to Hanyu and Uno, but Fernandez and everyone else. I noticed Chen had a pretty good second run, while Chan seemed to do badly. Such is the game. The only bad in all this is that television has now become the "Hanyu Channel" and I can't find any other sports being broadcast.

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I see Britain won their first ever skiing medal yesterday. Joy!

Brits winning medals at the Winter Olympics?

No wonder we are crap at football these days. I bet the 1966 England team weren’t wasting their time skidding on snow.

This generation...I despair.

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Fernandez, who is the boyfriend of Miki Ando, trains with the same coach, Brian Orser, as Hanyu

Yeah, and the only thing they had to say about him on TV was that he had the same coach as Hanyu, not that they showed him at all, only when he was on the podium, when the cameras couldn't avoid showing him. Utterly disgraceful, from a sporting point of view. Where I come from, at least they give credit to all medal winners, even if there is not a single participant from our country.

When I first heard of the results from my Japanese partner, I asked who came third. The response was 'a gaijin' (jokingly). That just about sums up the real attitude here.

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my partner didn’t go to work today so she could watch. She was so happy!

but I’m a massive fan of Mao-Chan.

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CONGRATS JAPAN

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Sigh... just tried to watch speed skating, of which a Japanese female skater is also in the finals, but alas, guess what was on all channels with Olympic coverage.

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When I first heard of the results from my Japanese partner, I asked who came third. The response was 'a gaijin' (jokingly). That just about sums up the real attitude here.

Fernandez is very famous and popular in Japan.

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tinawatanabe: "Don't blame Japanese for your taste in women.    Fernandez is very famous and popular in Japan."

Despite your attempted insult at the poster (and his partner), he's not incorrect. You are also correct that Fernandez is SOMEWHAT popular here, but are they showing his replayed performance for the 30th time this evening? Most people don't even know who came in third, and he's not the only one who has heard "some gaijin" in regards to someone winning, forgetting that the Japanese are "gaijin" there, too.

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Did you mean “could not even”? Even so the comment does not make a lot of sense. Fernandez, who is the boyfriend of Miki Ando, trains with the same coach, Brian Orser, as Hanyu. I believe they are friendly rivals.

Well thanks for that. I knew it had to be something the way they embraced each other. Watch it again. He totally ignored Uno.

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I wouldn’t say he ignored Uno. He hugged him and exchanged a few words, but he was obviously more friendly with Fernandez.

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“Watch it again. He totally ignored Uno.“

I dobt need to watch watch it again. I know which is Uno and which is Hanyu, and I saw them hugging and congratulating each other. I also saw them doing the interview rounds together after the medal ceremony and Hanyu certainly wasn’t ignoring Uno then either.

Also saw Fernandez’s performance several times in the highlight/recap shows. And Tina is right, he is well-known here and has a fair number of fans here.

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Of course they are giddy with delight and putting a lot of emphasis on the figure skating results. But along with that I also saw curling, ski jumping, slalom. There might have been other events but I’ve been distracted by the bad blizzard we’re having and not paying full attention.

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“Watch it again. He totally ignored Uno.“

I dobt need to watch watch it again. I know which is Uno and which is Hanyu, and I saw them hugging and congratulating each other. I also saw them doing the interview rounds together after the medal ceremony and Hanyu certainly wasn’t ignoring Uno then either.

Yuzuru also invited both to join with him on the medal stand.

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Does anyone know the name of the piano piece he used? My Mrs swears blind it's Chopin, but I'm not so sure.

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