Guys I just saw Patrick Chan post up a picture of a huge cut he got right before the Olympic gala on Instagram! If you guys have seen the clip of yuzuru spinning and then accidentally kicking Patrick then you'll probably assume that that's what happened...I mean that's what I think happened.
It's so dangerous out there- I honestly have no idea how they all practice on the same rink together at the same time. It takes a lot of concentration to focus on yourself and then you have to worry about hitting other people at the same time. Those blades are sharp!!!
Edit: I just saw the picture you are talking about and looks like indeed the blade cut him, well yuzuru should be more careful lol
It looked like Chan skated up from behind Yuzuru as well, so I figure Yuzuru didn't see him coming. Clearly Chan wasn't expecting Hanyu to launch, so it's just one of those things - an accident, nobody's fault. And a lucky escape really, if Chan hadn't reacted so quickly it could have been a lot worse...!
Not saying that it was anyone's fault, but it must have been painful.
That looks very painful indeed... and quite deep. Can anyone share the link to the video? Poor Yuzu, maybe he felt a bit guilty...
Did you bother to watch the incident itself, and the several minutes of the gala afterwards?
Let's consider what we saw:
Chan was wearing a white shirt.
If it had been an actual cut, and his skin had been broken - there should have been blood, and we surely would have seen that on a white shirt. If not immediately, then certainly within a minute or so. But we didn't.
I would also have expected his shirt to be cut or torn, but it wasn't.
He would also surely have left the ice, but he didn't - he was on the ice quite some time afterwards.
No doubt it was painful of course, and I assume that's why he unbuttoned his shirt: to take a look (you can see his shirt is not open wide til quite some time afterwards).
This is why I think it is more likely just a graze and bruising/swelling. If there was any actual cut (broken skin), it would have to be very small. It's not that I'm unsympathetic. I mean, if that had been a cut, and it was that big - he would surely have needed stitches.
By the way, I don't think Hanyu was the only one to do a flying entry like that - it looked to me like Machida did the same, at about the same time. So I have to wonder if it was a (badly!) planned part of the gala choreography.
The middle left gif makes me wonder if Yulia may have actually snuck a little sneak attack in there. That would explain the shirt not being cut. Weren't her and Hanyu partners?
It is difficult to tell but it looks to me as if the shirt was torn as shown in the top right gif. The cut is just over the pant (you see the black pant through the slit cut), meaning the blade hit him, went through the shirt but had to go through the pant as well so there was no blood on the shirt. My eyes are straining, but that is what it looks like. I cannot see a tear in any of the other gif's, but I think I do in that one. He brushes his shirt with his left hand where the tear is (in the top right gif).