Monday, April 30, 2012

Future Promises: Yuzuru Hanyu

Yuzuru Hanyu might be considered the most talented Japanese male skater ever. He stole the scene at 2012 World Championships by winning the bronze medal and scoring second in the free skate.
He is just seventeen right now and has medaled at his first trip to a world championship. During this year he had demonstrated to be very solid on technical part, but also to be kind of mature in spite of young age.
His season's highlights were first place at Cup of Russia, fourth place at Grand Prix final third place at Japanese Nationals and, of course, third place at worlds.

He has a great technique including quad toe, very solid triple axel (he had two in his free skate this season, the first one taken by the spread-eagle which is a very difficult transition indeed) and all other triples. He has a lovely flexibility that allows him to get full credit for his spins.

During Worlds 2012 free skate he earned an amazing score of 173.99 (which is the fifth best ever under cop) with a very high components score. He gave the crowd a brilliant performance including quad toe, triple axel, triple flip, triple lutz-double toe, triple axel-triple toe, triple lutz-double toe-double toe, triple loop, triple salchow. His only mistake was a fall in the middle of a step sequence. Apart from that, he skated with strenght and great connection to the music.

He used to train with Nanami Abe for so long, and seemed to have a very good relationship with her, but have recently switched to Brian Orser, according to Japanese federation, for improving his level of skating.
Actually however it goes, it is so obvious that he is alraedy an elite skater and will surely prove everybody to be someone to look at in the future.

Yuzuru at worlds 2012

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