Last year, while Yuri on Ice swiped over the anime community with its superb plot and exciting characters, someone on the internet also brought up the name – Yuzuru Hanyu.
Maybe because I never really paid attention to the Olympics, I didn’t recognize that name at all. I thought, “Well, he does look like Yuri, and he is talented but I have never seen him before.”
Oh, but I was TOTALLY wrong.
After the first look on Wikipedia, I was like, “Wait, wasn’t he the kid from Sochi Olympics?!!” Yuzuru Hanyu made his name to the world on the day he won Sochi Olympics, he broke numerous world records in the 15-16 season. His name, plastered in sports and skating magazines and spoke about during sports channels.
As I watch his program on Youtube, goose bumps and chills ran down my spine. I could feel a sense a calm but absolute concentration. And it showed in every move, every step sequence, every jump.
Yuzuru Hanyu was at the peak of the world, and he, became my idol.
So, when the 16-17 Skate Canada came up, I went to watch his free program at the Hersheys Center. To tell the truth, watching him skate live is more breathtaking than anything I have ever seen in my life. Period.
Anyways, as time passed, I became more and more involved with the figure skating community and discovered many talented skaters like Patrick Chan, Nathan Chen, and Shoma Uno.
And I realized that he wasn’t really at the peak, lots and lots of other talented skaters are chasing up to him, trying to surpass him. And they are young and strong in their own ways. That it is this bond of chasing each other that keeps them working hard. A quote from yuzuru says, “I hate it when I am weak. But being weak means I have the potential to be strong.”
The Pyeongchang Olympics is coming up, the competition is only getting fiercer and fiercer. Nathen Chen already set the record of completing five quads in his free, and Shoma is working on his quads non-stop.
Can Yuzuru keep his records going or will other skaters take up the stage? The competitions at the Olympics will reveal the final winner.