Yuzuru Hanyu

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Yuzuru Hanyu
Yuzuru Hanyu-Sochi 2014.jpg
Yuzuru Hanyu at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Personal information
Native name 羽生 結弦
Country represented  Japan
Born (1994-12-07) December 7, 1994 (age 19)
Sendai, Miyagi
Home town Sendai
Residence Sendai
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Coach Brian Orser
Tracy Wilson
Former coach Nanami Abe
Shoitirou Tuzuki
Choreographer David Wilson
Jeffrey Buttle
Kurt Browning
Former choreographer Nanami Abe
Skating club ANA Minato Tokyo
Toronto Cricket Curling and Skating Club
Former skating club Miyagi FSC
Training locations Toronto
Sendai
Began skating 1998
World standing 1 (As of 4 July 2014)[1]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 293.25
2013 Grand Prix Final
Short program 101.45 (WR)
2014 Winter Olympics
Free skate 193.41
2013 Grand Prix Final
Japanese name
Kanji 羽生 結弦
Hiragana はにゅう ゆづる

Yuzuru Hanyū (羽生 結弦 Hanyū Yuzuru?, born 7 December 1994) is a Japanese figure skater who competes in men's singles. He is the 2014 Olympic champion, the 2014 World champion, the 2013-2014 Grand Prix Final champion, the 2010 World Junior champion, and a two-time (2012-2013) Japanese national champion.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hanyu began skating at the age of four, following his older sister to the rink.[2][3] He first competed nationally as a novice skater in the 2004–05 season; he skated at the 2004 Japan Novice Championships in the Novice B category, which is the lower of the two categories at the novice level, and won the gold medal in this competition.[4] His home rink then closed due to financial problems, reducing his training time.[3] Nanami Abe became his coach around that time.[3] In the 2006–07 season, Hanyu competed at the 2006 Japan Novice Championships in the Novice A category and won the bronze medal.[5] This placement earned him an invitation to compete at the 2006 Japan Junior Championships, where he placed 7th.[6]

Hanyu's home rink reopened in 2007.[3] He competed at the 2007 Japan Novice Championships in the Novice A category and won the event.[7] He was invited to compete in the 2007 Japan Junior Championships, where he won the bronze medal.[8]

Junior career[edit]

2008–2009 season[edit]

Hanyu moved up to the Junior level and debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix. He placed 6th in the short program and 4th in the free skating to finish 5th overall at the event in Merano, Italy.[9] Following his Junior Grand Prix event, at the 2008 Japan Junior Championships, Hanyu placed 4th in the short program with 57.25 points and 1st in his free skate with 124.92 points, giving him a total of 182.17 points to win the gold medal overall in the competition.[10] This competition served both as the junior national championships and the World Junior Championships qualifier, and Hanyu has also qualified by this placement for the 2009 Junior Worlds.

This medal earned him an invitation to compete on the senior level at the 2008 Japanese Championships, where he placed 8th.[11] In February 2009 at the 2009 World Junior Championships, Hanyu placed 11th in the short program with 58.18 points and 13th in his free skate with 103.59 points, giving him a total of 161.77 points to finish 12th overall.

2009–2010 season[edit]

In the 2009–2010 season, Hanyu won both of his Junior Grand Prix events and was the top qualifier for the Junior Grand Final. At the Japanese Junior Championships, he won the short program and placed 2nd in the free skating to win the title overall.[12] This earned Hanyu an invitation to compete on the senior level at the Japanese Championships. He then competed at the 2009–2010 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, which he won, achieving a new personal best score.[13] At the 2009–2010 Japan Junior Figure Skating Championships, he placed first on the junior level. He also competed at the senior level, where he came in sixth. Based on his results, Hanyu was chosen to compete at the 2010 World Junior Championships. He won the competition after placing third in the short program and first in the free skate to earn a new personal best of 216.10 points, and became the fourth Japanese man to win the junior world title.[14]

Senior career[edit]

2010–2011 season[edit]

Hanyu announced that he would turn senior for the 2010–2011 season. His assignments for the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix series were the 2010 NHK Trophy and the 2010 Cup of Russia.[15] In his senior debut at the 2010 NHK Trophy, Hanyu placed 5th in the short program with 69.31 points; in his free skate, he landed his first quadruple toe loop jump in an ISU competition and came in 4th with 138.41 points, giving him a total of 207.72 points to finish 4th overall. Hanyu finished in seventh place at the Cup of Russia. At the 2010–11 Japanese Championships, Hanyu was in second place after the short program, but faltered in the free skate and finished fourth overall. As a result, he was selected to compete at the 2011 Four Continents, where he won the silver medal with a new personal best score.

Hanyu was skating at his home rink in Sendai when the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami struck his hometown and the region. Water pipes under the ice at his home rink burst as a result of the April 2011 Miyagi earthquake.[16][17] He trained in Yokohama and Hachinohe, Aomori until his home rink reopened on July 24, 2011.[2][16][18] He also skated in 60 ice shows, using them as an opportunity to train.[3] In April, he and other skaters took part in an ice show to raise money for victims.[2][18]

2011–2012 season[edit]

Hanyu performs a Biellmann spin at the 2011 Cup of China

Hanyu began the 2011–12 season with a win at the Nebelhorn Trophy. He placed first in both the short program and the free skate, for a combined total score of 226.26 points. For the 2011–12 Grand Prix series, he was assigned to the 2011 Cup of China and the 2011 Rostelecom Cup.[19] He finished 4th at the Cup of China, then won the Rostelecom Cup with a new personal best score[20] to qualify for his first senior Grand Prix Final, where he placed fourth. Hanyu then won the bronze medal at the 2011–2012 Japan Championships, earning a spot on the Japanese team for the 2012 World Championships. In his senior Worlds debut, Hanyu was seventh in the short program but placed second in the free skate. He won the bronze medal overall with a total score of 251.06 points, behind gold medalist Patrick Chan of Canada and silver medalist, his team mate, Daisuke Takahashi of Japan.

In April 2012, Hanyu switched coaches to Brian Orser in Toronto, Canada.[21][22] It was reported he would make frequent trips to Toronto and continue to attend high school in Sendai.[21] After moving to Canada, Hanyu increased his on-ice training to 3–4 hours a day, up from 1–2 hours which had been due to a combination of limited ice time in Sendai, schooling, and asthma.[2][3] His autobiography, Blue Flames, was published in Japan in April 2012, with the royalties and part of the proceeds going to the Sendai ice rink.[3]

2012–2013 season[edit]

Hanyu began his season at the Finlandia Trophy, winning the gold medal. He landed two quadruple jumps, a quad toe and a quad salchow, in his free skate; it was the first time he had a landed the latter jump in competition.[22][23] Hanyu won the silver medal at his first Grand Prix event of the season, the Skate America. At his second event, the NHK Trophy, he scored 95.32 in the short program, a new world record,[24] and went on to win the gold medal in his hometown.[25][26] Hanyu qualified for the Grand Prix Final in Sochi, where he finished second.

In January 2013, Hanyu claimed his first national title at 2013 Japan Championships after placing first in the short program and second in the long. He took silver at the 2013 Four Continents, having placed first in the short program and third in the free. At the 2013 World Championships, he was ninth in the short program and third in the free skate, finishing fourth overall.

2013–2014 season[edit]

Hanyu with Mao Asada at the 2013 Grand Prix Final Banquet

Hanyu began his season at the 2013 Finlandia Trophy where he won the gold medal after placing first in both the short and free program.[27] He won silver in both of his 2013–14 Grand Prix events, the 2013 Skate Canada International and 2013 Trophée Eric Bompard, qualifying him for the 2013–14 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. At the Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Hanyu placed first in the short program with 99.84 points and set a new world record. He also won the free skate with a personal best of 193.41 despite falling on the Quad salchow and won the title with a total score of 293.25 points.

In December 2013, competing in the 2013–2014 Japan Figure Skating Championships Hanyu went on to win a second Japanese national title after placing first in both programs. He earned 103.10 points in the short program and 194.70 in the free skate. [28] He was subsequently named in Japan's teams to the Olympics and World Championships.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Hanyu broke his own world record in the men's short program, scoring 101.45 points. He is the first and only skater to score over 100 in the short program. Hanyu obtained 178.64 points in the free skate and won the first Olympic gold medal for Japan in men's figure skating event, and only the second for the nation, his following Shizuka Arakawa's gold medal in the women's event in 2006 in Turin. His win also marked the first time any Asian country has won gold in the men's event. He is the youngest winner of the Olympic men's title since American Dick Button in 1948.[29][30][31] Hanyu was also the only Japanese athlete to win gold in Sochi.[32]

Hanyu completed the season with a victory at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan. Following a fall in a Quad toe loop in the short program, Hanyu sat in 3rd place coming into the final with a score of 91.24, 6.97 points behind compatriot Tatsuki Machida. He came back with a clean free skate earning 191.35 points to win that segment of the competiton and claiming his first World title scoring 282.59 points overall. His total score was 0.33 points ahead of silver medalist Machida. [33]

Skating technique[edit]

Hanyu has executed 4T-3A,[34] 4S-3A, 4T-3A-3A (Fantasy on Ice Fukuoka 2013,[35] Grand Prix Final Figure Skating Gala 2013-2014 [36]) sequences, and even 4T-3A-3A-3A-1A (2013 Fantasy on Ice show in Fukuoka) in shows. He has also landed 3A-3T-2T (2011–2012 Japanese Nationals). He jumps counter-clockwise like most skaters. His combination spins usually include the Biellmann spin and the doughnut spin, both of which are known for their difficulty, for male skaters especially, due to the flexibility required.

Personal life[edit]

Hanyu was born and raised in Sendai, and has an older sister named Saya. His parents named him after his star sign (Sagittarius - the archer). His name means a bowstring which is pulled tight, symbolizing confidence, strength and straightness. His parents wanted him to live a simple life, but be dignified, powerful and graceful.[citation needed]

He has asthma.[2] He had attended the Tohoku High School where the famous Japanese figure skaters Takeshi Honda and Shizuka Arakawa were also enrolled once.[2] His house was damaged by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, but remained habitable.[2] He is currently a student at Waseda University, studying Human Informatics and Cognitive Sciences.

Programs[edit]

Hanyu (center) on the podium at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Hanyu at the 2013–14 Grand Prix Final podium
Hanyu and his fellow medalists at the 2012 World Championships
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[37][38]




2012–2013
[3][39]
  • Parisienne Walkways
    by Gary Moore
    choreo. by Jeffrey Buttle

  • Hana Ni Nare
    by Fumiya Sashida
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
2011–2012
[40]

2010–2011
[41]
2009–2010
[42]
2008–2009
[43]
  • Bolero
    (from Moulin Rouge!)
    by Steve Sharples
    choreo by Nanami Abe
2007–2008
2006–2007
  • Storm
  • Kismet
    by Bond
    choreo by Nanami Abe

Competitive highlights[edit]

Hanyu at the 2014 World Championships podium
Hanyu at the 2013 Skate Canada
Hanyu and his fellow medalists at the 2011 Four Continents
Hanyu at the 2010 Junior Worlds medal ceremony

2008–present[edit]

International[44]
Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 1st
Worlds 3rd 4th 1st
Four Continents 2nd 2nd
Grand Prix Final 4th 2nd 1st
GP Bompard 2nd
GP Cup of China 4th TBD
GP NHK Trophy 4th 1st TBD
GP Rostelecom 7th 1st
GP Skate America 2nd
GP Skate Canada 2nd
Finlandia 1st 1st
Nebelhorn 1st
International: Junior[44]
Junior Worlds 12th 1st
JGP Final 1st
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Italy 5th
JGP Poland 1st
National[44]
Japan Champ. 8th 6th 4th 3rd 1st 1st
Japan Junior 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 5th
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; TBD = Assigned
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

2004–2008[edit]

International
Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08
Skate Copenhagen 1st N.
National
Japan Junior Champ. 7th 3rd
Japan Novice Champ. 1st B. 2nd B. 3rd A. 1st A.
Levels: N. = Novice; A. = Novice A; B. = Novice B

Detailed results[edit]

(Small medals for short program and free skating awarded only at World, Four Continents, and World Junior Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.)

Hanyu at the 2013 Cup of China

Senior results[edit]

2014–2015 season
Date Event SP FS Total
28-30 November 2014 2014 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy -
-
-
-
-
-
7-9 November 2014 2014 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China -
-
-
-
-
-
2013–2014 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 24–30, 2014 2014 ISU World Championships 3
91.24
1
191.35
1
282.59
February 6–22, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi) 1
101.45
1
178.64
1
280.09
6–9 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics team event 1
97.98
5T
December 20–23, 2013 2013–2014 Japan Championships 1
103.10
1
194.70
1
297.80
December 5–8, 2013 2013–2014 ISU Grand Prix Final 1
99.84
1
193.41
1
293.25
November 15–17, 2013 2013 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard 2
95.37
2
168.22
2
263.59
October 25–27, 2013 2013 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada International 3
80.40
2
154.40
2
234.80
October 4–6, 2013 2013 Finlandia Trophy 1
84.66
1
180.93
1
265.59
2012–2013 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 10–17, 2013 2013 ISU World Championships 9
75.94
3
169.05
4
244.99
February 8–11, 2013 2013 ISU Four Continents Championships 1
87.65
3
158.73
2
246.38
December 20–24, 2012 2012–2013 Japan Championships 1
97.68
2
187.55
1
285.23
December 6–9, 2012 2012–2013 ISU Grand Prix Final 3
87.17
2
177.12
2
264.29
November 23–25, 2012 2012 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 1
95.32
1
165.71
1
261.03
October 19–21, 2012 2012 ISU Grand Prix Skate America 1
95.07
3
148.67
2
243.74
October 4–7, 2012 2012 Finlandia Trophy 2
75.57
1
172.56
1
248.13
2011–2012 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 26 – April 1, 2012 2012 ISU World Championships 7
77.07
2
173.99
3
251.06
December 22–26, 2011 2011–2012 Japan Championships 4
74.32
1
167.59
3
241.91
December 8–11, 2011 2011–2012 ISU Grand Prix Final 4
79.33
3
166.49
4
245.82
November 25–27, 2011 2011 ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup 2
82.78
2
158.88
1
241.66
November 4–6, 2011 2011 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China 2
81.37
4
145.16
4
226.53
September 21–24, 2011 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy 1
75.26
1
151.00
1
226.26
2010–2011 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 15–20, 2011 2011 ISU Four Continents Championships 3
76.43
3
151.58
2
228.01
December 24–27, 2010 2010–2011 Japan Championships 2
78.94
4
141.12
4
220.06
November 18–21, 2010 2010 ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup 6
70.24
6
132.42
7
202.66
October 21–24, 2010 2010 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 5
69.31
4
138.41
4
207.72
  • ^team event – This is a team event; medals are awarded for the team results only.
    • ^T – team result.
    • ^P – personal/individual result.
  • World records highlighted in bold and italic
  • Personal bests highlighted in bold
  • ISU seasons' bests highlighted in italic.

Junior results[edit]

2009–2010 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 8–14, 2010 2010 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 3
68.75
1
147.35
1
216.10
December 24–27, 2009 2009–2010 Japan Championships Senior 13
57.99
5
137.23
6
195.22
December 3–6, 2009 2009–2010 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 3
69.85
1
136.92
1
206.77
November 22–23, 2009 2009–2010 Japan Junior Championships Junior 1
76.00
2
118.15
1
194.15
October 7–11, 2009 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Croatia Cup Junior 1
70.78
1
130.37
1
201.15
September 9–13, 2009 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Toruń Cup Junior 1
66.77
1
131.88
1
198.65
2008–2009 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 23 – March 1, 2009 2009 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 11
58.18
13
103.59
12
161.77
December 25–27, 2008 2008–2009 Japan Championships Senior 8
64.50
5
117.15
8
181.65
November 23–24, 2008 2008–2009 Japan Junior Championships Junior 4
57.25
1
124.92
1
182.17
September 3–7, 2008 2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Merano Cup Junior 6
51.06
4
95.62
5
146.68

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Yuzuru Hanyu at Wikimedia Commons

World Records Holder
Preceded by
Japan Daisuke Takahashi
Canada Patrick Chan
Men's Short Program
19 October 2012 – 13 March 2013
5 December 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Canada Patrick Chan
Incumbent