The men's short program takes place Thursday, so Hanyu's job lies ahead. He isn't in touch with any friends on social media, his custom during competitions. He enjoyed participating in the team event, in which Japan placed fifth overall, and was a bit starstruck to compete against Plushenko.
"I have admired him for a very long time," he said. "He is my idol. I am so glad to compete with him on the same ice. I want to act and perform just like Plushenko."
Orser hears this and makes a bit of a face.
"Really? I don't know about that," he said. "I was quite surprised with Plushenko in the team event. He did stuff I didn't expect. I mean, he was alive when I competed. I've skated in shows with him.
"But I think what Yuzu meant was he wants to be like him, in that Plushenko is a superstar."