The event seemed like an idol concert. Right before Hanyu's performance, a group of girls screamed, "Yuzu, we love you~!", which awkwardly cued his music "Parisienne Walkways". He made a mistake in his specialty, the quadruple toe loop, as he lacked revolutions and made a mistake in his landing. The "Ice Prince" went on to recover and made a combination of a triple axel and a 3-3 spin, but only smiled wryly after his performance. The 91.24 points is far below his world record score of 101.45, and his noble face seemingly turned askew as he heard the score being announced.
"I heard the cheers (prior to the performance), but that didn't really affect my performance. I came in here, probably too overconfident and slightly lacked focus because I know I didn't make any mistakes in the SP routine. I can't say that I'm happy with this at all, and I am angry at myself. I really can't forgive myself."
(Continued after the jump)
These loud cheers have been heard even during the paid rehearsals, but the Hanyu fever also extends to outside the rink. The small medal ceremony which will take place on the 29th for the 1st~3rd placers of the free run will be held at the open area near the audience entrances. It is possible for non-ticket holders to view the proceedings, which was also the case during the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in 2013. There is no doubt that a pandemonium will ensue if Hanyu is one of the winners and gets to be at the ceremony. The Japan Skating Federation will not be increasing the number of guards, but have commented that they will be much more cautious this time compared to the Four Continents championships.
* edit: Hanyu scored 191.35 in the free program, and 282.59 overall; leapfrogging Machida and Fernandez to come from behind and win the Men's single championship
He truly is a genuine professional for not speaking ill of fans.
And they screamed the moment before his actual performance? That’s such a nuisance for Hanyu-kun. Japanese fans really are abnormal.
I’m totally uninterested in figure skating, but this makes me want to cheer him on.
If he manages to maintain his skills and if he still has a chance to dominate the next Olympics, then he’ll see a resurgence in his popularity by that time.
Even in kabuki, the actors may tell the audience that they’re allowed to be talked to, but no one would scream at them during their performance. Even the long-time fans who have already memorized the timing of their routines.
”It’ll be a lie if I said that it didn’t affect my performance”
To think that everyone else keeps silent at that time so they won’t get in the way of the athletes focusing.
I even thought that they were saboteurs, wotas of other athletes disguising themselves as Hanyu fans. Are they really his fans? If so, then I just feel sorry for Hanyu. Fans like this will never reflect on their actions and keep doing it again.
That fan probably intended to root for her, but that’s just stupid. Why would you scream at an athlete who’s fully focused?
The claps aren’t matching the beat of the music at all w Isn’t that quite hard for the athlete?
It might be best to make strict regulations for these fans to follow, like Takarazuka and Johnny’s.
These fools just don’t care about the situation, or anything else as long as they get to do what they want to do.
They’re watching sports for crying out loud, what do they want in return?
The fans may be scary, but you should say the things that really need to be said.