The Great Yuzu

Is even greater in fiasco

SPORTS/FIGURE SKATING

Yuzuru Hanyu World championships 2016 Boston award ceremony with fans

Yuzuru Hanyu World championships 2016 Boston award ceremony with fans

Photography by Aida Poulsen

Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) is a wizardry to his own coach. With the mind of his own, he does not care about putting up another battle of the Brians- Brian Orser (Canada) vs Brian Boitano (US) in 80th- or a famous clash of skating mates and Olympics champions Alexei Yagudin and Evegeni Plushenko (Russia). Even though for the sake of drawing more media attention and, subsequently, investment to the sport, he probably should.

Yuzuru Hanyu's fans at world championships boston 2016

Yuzuru Hanyu's fans at world championships boston 2016

Yuzury Hanyu's Japanees fans filled the arena with his mascot- yellow Pooh

But Hanyu seems genuinely warding off any bitterness between himself and his skating mate, two-time World champion Javier Fernandez of Spain, who, in his turn, doesn't scruple to display admiration for the Olympic and World champion’s superiority and was expected to place second.

Brian Orser, the coach of both champions, looked seemingly in pain sitting in kiss and cry next to Hanyu who bore the pressure of epic expectations after a season which made a legend out of a 21 year old, as well as after his ineffable short program two days before. Until Hanyu failed to show “Super Yuzuru,” as Orser puts it, in the free program.

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An un-Hanyu-like performance with a fall on the second quad salchow and hand down the ice on the first, turn-out on a triple axel and hand down on a triple lutz still brought the house down, I mean up, colored the ice in yellow with Poohs (Hanyu's mascot) from the adoring crowd and earned 184 points. Compare to his “usual” 220- the legend’s normal is to get as much as the others are getting for both programs. Looking ashamed of himself, he later said "I want to do it [the free program] again."

Javier Fernandez World championships Boston 2016 free program

Javier Fernandez World championships Boston 2016 free program

Javier Fernandes put out a performance of his life, receiving instead of the exhausted legend a “Hanyu’s” score of 216 points with three quads and two triple axels.

A jumping mogul Boyang Jin, China, was far from being clean, but still delivered his mindblowing kit of four quads, including a lutz quad, and two triple axels, finishing third.

Patrick Chan, the winner of Four continents championships and the Canadian hope for the Worlds, hit the board after stepping out from quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, placed 5th. Despite being 3rd after short program.

Shoma Uno World championships Boston 2016 free program

Shoma Uno World championships Boston 2016 free program


My favorite for a medal Shoma Uno (Japan) with his skating quality of a future champion of everything came 7th after a spectacular fall on a quad toe loop. See more photography here

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Misha Ge world championships Boston 2016 free program

Misha Ge world championships Boston 2016 free program

Another artistic delight of mine, Misha Ge, Uzbekistan, a son of a choreographer, choreographs his own exquisite programs, as well as programs of other skaters, and it shows. Misha didn’t attempt a quad after his foot injury, which put him only 15th, but was met with a hot crowd's reception for his divergent and moving Chopin piece with two clean triple axels.

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The Russians were able to trade Maxim Kovtun, their number one and a protege of the greatest coach of all time Tatiana Tarasova (we are still waiting for Brian Orser to catch up on this one), with a disastrous performance (18th) for a 21 year old Mikhail Kolyada, one step short from the podium after the audience's sigh on his gigantic quad toe.

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References

Technical controller: Larisa Ge


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