Hi everybody, although I am a new member, I've been paying attention to the forum for some time now.
Yuzuru is the new, and rising skater in men's figure skating. He's one of my favourite skaters, and my absolute favourite new skater. I love his Romeo and Juliet FS - it just takes my breath away. It's not exactly the type of music I would expect a 16 year old to skate to, assuming he hasn't been through the pain of lost love (of course, he might have...I wouldn't know).
What do you guys think about him? I definitely think he will be a podium threat at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. I predict he will be a world champion by 2014, and win the Japanese Nationals within the next few years. He has so much talent...if only he can improve his physical strength and stamina :(
UPDATE APRIL 2015
Link to the Yuzuru Hanyu Media Only thread, where an amazing array of links to videos, photos, news stories, interviews, and all thngs Yuzuru may be found:
Yuzuru's ISU bio
Yuzuru's World Championship performances
2015 Worlds SP British Eurosport
2015 Worlds FS British Eurosport
His highest scoring SP of the season 2015 WTT
His highest scoring FS of the season 2014 GPF
His highest scoring SP of the season 2014 Olympics
His highest scoring FS of the season 2013 GPF
His highest scoring SP of the season 2012 NHK
His highest scoring FS of the season 2012 GPF
His highest scoring SP of the season 2011 Rostelecom Cup
His highest scoring FS of the season 2012 Worlds
4c's FS- he finished second overall
2010 Jr. Worlds SP
2010 Jr. Worlds FS
2009 Jr. World SP
2009 Jr. World FS
Early International Level Career
2008 Juniors (is this at Japanese Nationals)
2008 JGP Merano SP
2006 Junior Nationals Japanese Championships
2004 Won All Japan Novice B
2015 World Team Trophy +Encore
2015 Gala Side by Side 4 toes wth Javier
2015 Quads at Gala Practice 4Lo
2014 Worlds Gala
2014 Osaka Gala
2012 Skate America
2012 Worlds Gala
2011 Nebelhorn Gala
2011 4Cs gala
2010 Jr. Worlds Gala
2009 Japanese Nationals Gala
2009 GPF Gala
SP "Ballade No. 1 op. 23 in G minor" by Frederic Chopin
FS The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
SP "Parisian Walkways" by Gary Moore
FS Romeo and Juliet by Nino Rota
SP "Parisienne Walkways" by Gary Moore
FS Notre-Dame de Paris soundtrack by Riccardo Cocciante
SP "Etude in D minor, op. 8 no. 12" by Alexander Scriabin
FS "Kissing You" (love theme from Romeo + Juliet) by Craig Armstrong and "Escape" from Plunkett & Macleane by Craig Armstrong
SP "White Legend" from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, arranged and performed by Ikuko Kawai
FS "Zigeunerweisen" by Pablo de Sarasate
SP "The Bait" and "Bare Island" from the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
FS "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
SP "Bolero" from Moulin Rouge by Steve Sharples
FS "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
SP "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Louis Prima
FS "Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky
2015 - World Team Trophy - 3rd (team)
2015 - World Championships - 2nd
2015 - Japanese Championships - 1st
2014 - Grand Prix Final - 1st
2014 - NHK Trophy - 4th
2014 - Cup of China - 2nd
2014 - World Championships - 1st
2014 - Olympic Winter Games - 1st
2014 - Olympic Winter Games - 5th (Team)
2014 - Japanese Championships - 1st
2013 - Grand Prix Final - 1st
2013 - Trophee Bompard - 2nd
2013 - Skate Canada - 2nd
2013 - Finlandia Trophy - 1st
2013 - World Championships - 4th
2013 - Four Continents Championships - 2nd
2013 - Japanese Championships - 1st
2012 - Grand Prix Final - 2nd
2012 - NHK Trophy - 1st
2012 - Skate America - 2nd
2012 - Finlandia Trophy - 1st
2012 - World Championships - 3rd
2012 - Japanese Championships - 3rd
2011 - Grand Prix Final - 4th
2011 - Rostelecom Cup - 1st
2011 - Cup of China - 4th
2011 - Nebelhorn Trophy - 1st
2011 - Four Continents Championships - 2nd
2011 - Japanese Championships - 4th
2010 - Rostelecom Cup - 7th
2010 - NHK Trophy - 4th
2010 - World Junior Championships - 1st
2010 - Japanese Championships - 6th
2009 - Junior Grand Prix Final - 1st
2010 - Japanese Junior Championships - 1st
2009 - Junior Grand Prix (Croatia) - 1st
2009 - Junior Grand Prix (Poland) - 1st
2009 - World Junior Championships - 12th
2009 - Japanese Championships - 8th
2008 - Junior Grand Prix (Italy) - 5th
2008 - Japanese Junior Championships - 3rd
Golden Skate articles and Threads
GS reports on Yuzuru's win at the 2009-10 JGPF
GS report on Yuzuru's 2010 win at Junior Worlds
First GS fan thread 2010
An interview with Yuzuru from April 2011
GS reports on Yuzuru's win at 2011 Nebelhorn
GS reports on Yuzuru's Win at 2011 Cup of Russia
GS reports on Yuzuru's win at Skate America in 2012
GS thread praising Yuzu's artistry
Thread on Documentary from 2012, including a translation
2012 thread about his changing coaches to study with Orser..
Yuzuru takes the bronze at his first Worlds in 2012
Thread on Interview with Oda and Matsuoka in 2014
Interview from April 2015 where he discusses what he perceives as his shortcomings
An interview from December 2014
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On the Ice
I love him!!!! He reminds me a bit of Johnny Weir (who I also love)
Yuzuru is so expressive!!! Can't wait to see more of him.
I think he's too skinny tho.....makes him look to much like a little boy :( He's pretty tall too!
Yuzuru's been my favorite male skater since I saw his Firebird program from Japanese Jr. Nationals. He's absolutely breath-taking to watch. I love how he gives his whole body to the performance even though some ppl think that makes him look uncontrolled. It also helps that he is just so damn adorable. That face >.< Yuzuru doesn't really remind of Johnny that much. For me the only resemblance is the body type. To me he seems more like a male version of Mao but with better jump technique. If he ever outgrows his asthma, the other guys better watch out.
Here's a tumblr with tags of Yuzuru
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Yuzuru is fabulous. I hope he makes the Japanese world team this season.
Welcome to the forum, Wildstorm. Post often, post long!
Actually now that I think about it, I don't really think his asthma is that much of a problem for him. Did anyone else notice that after his FS at CoR he didn't look that tired? I think it might be more stamina now considering he really likes to perform all out with his whole entire body but at Russia when he toned it down he had no problem getting through his program except for the weird fall on the footwork.
The Eurosport commentator said Yuzuru gets his energy from nowhere haha. I notice he loves Winnie the Pooh, does anyone know why? He's so cute...and adorable. I love watching his expression during K&C...always so natural and geninue.
Like subtlety in ice dancing
Yuzuru has been one of my faves for a while now, and I've been meaning to make a thread for him 'cause this forum needs one, but you beat me to it! But it's all good.
Here's my basic analysis of him:
He keeps being compared to Johnny Weir, and it's a valid comparison. Weir designs some of his costumes, Yuzuru admires Weir, and you can see some of Weir's grace and smoothness in Yuzuru's skating. However, Yuzuru's boldness and bravado is totally different from Weir (at least when Johnny started out, where he was often described as deer in the headlights/introverted). That aspect of Yuzuru reminds me a lot more of Plushenko. A skater that combines both Plushenko and Weir, how can you go wrong with that? He is still very much his own skater, though. As someone who grew up under the COP, unlike Weir or Plushenko, Yuzuru naturally takes to the intricacies, the inventive footwork and entrances that the COP requires (check out his twizzles in a sit position). Without a doubt, Yuzuru has Star Quality.
Technically, Yuzuru is incredibly strong. He's gotten his quad and triple axel so consistent he's doing them in exhibitions. Not only that, but he does a quad/triple axel sequence in exhibitions! It's an insanely difficult jump element that, due to the sequence point markdown, would be a very bad idea in competition. It does work, however, as proof of his technical prowess. Having the two jumps with the highest points nailed down goes a long way to keep Yuzuru in contention in any competition.
He does have weaknesses, though. It's hard to ignore that stamina is a problem for him, although it seems to be improving. This season, if he had just landed that last triple salchow in Cup of China instead of popping it into a double, he'd have won the competition instead of being in 4th. I am not exactly sure how bad his asthma is or how it affects his training. But as someone who has been hospitalized for asthma a few times, I feel his pain. It may or may not be something he can overcome totally. He will need to to be consistently competitive.
Yuzuru also lists Plushenko as his idol along with Weir. He's got the best of both worlds I worry about his technically ability when he gets older though. Weir was doing beautiful 3A that covered a lot of ice too when he was young but as he got older they started to look blah IMO.
Originally Posted by Serious Business
yeah i agree, he was so close to winning CoC....the first half of his FS was just WOW, then it went downhill when he fell. He seriously needs to pick himself up faster after falling, like PChan. He scored the highest in TES for CoR, even higher than Javier, who successfully landed both his quads.
I think I read somewhere that Plushenko thinks Yuzuru will be the one to beat in Sochi! (High praise indeed!)
I think Yuzu has a great future in figure skating. I thing he has everthing, but he has to improve in his lines and interpretation. He is such a talent. He jumps, he spins and his transitions are very good. He will grow up and become a BIG CHAMPION.
I saw the other thread about how growth spurt may negatively influence girls, but do boys also have growth spurt that may affect their jumps? E.g., Denis Ten jumped well from 15-16; then when he reached 17, he began to bomb…
I’m thinking about Hanyu now. Will there be chances that he becomes like Denis Ten next year?
It also absolutely blows my mind that Yuzuru's doing so well this season, considering that he's from Sendai (i.e. the major city the most heavily affected by the earthquake/tsunami back in March) and the resulting emotional trauma (in addition to the lost training time) that must have caused. That, in addition to the fact that he kind of looks like my younger brother, makes me teary-eyed whenever I see him skate even half decently.
Keep in mind that, while he doesn't seem it, Yuzuru is already two inches taller than two of the leading Japanese men (Daisuke and Nobunari) and the same height as Takahiko. (Strange, isn't it? I guess the charisma Daisuke exudes on ice makes him look bigger?) Hopefully this means that he won't be doing much more growing.
Originally Posted by doctor2014
In general, though, I don't think growth spurts are *as* much of a problem for men's skaters, since they don't have the problem (at least in terms of the physics of rotating jumps) of getting curvy when they hit puberty, and instead gain mass more so in muscle, which helps.