Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Here's what Yuzuru Hanyu does with all those Winnie the Pooh bears

Here's what Yuzuru Hanyu does with all those Winnie the Pooh bears

He fell on all of his jumps in the short, plummeting to 17th place out of 24 to advance to the free skate.

It was almost enough to pull off one of the great comebacks in Winter Games history, from 17 place to the podium, but Chen's incredible climb ended in fifth place Friday night (San Diego time).

His routine set to Chopin's Ballade No.1 earned him 10 points more than the one he led the short programme with in Russian Federation four years ago.

It was also the first time Japanese skaters have taken the gold and silver in a figure skating event.

Defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu blew away the competition in the short programme on Friday, finishing with a four-point lead over Spain's Javier Fernandez, a six-time European champion.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs during the men's free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics. "I want to show the results of the efforts (on Saturday)". Behind the Norwegians lie the United States of America, the only other nation with more than one hundred of Winter Games golds, a landmark it reached on Wednesday 14 February, when Shaun White won the PyeongChang 2018 men's snowboard halfpipe title, followed by Mikaela Shiffrin's giant slalom gold one day later.

He also leaped into the figure skating history books Saturday, becoming the first man to repeat as Olympic champion since Dick Button in 1952.

In figure skating, Chen was anything but spot-on in the men's short program.

Chen received credit for five of the six quad jumps, but stumbled on landing the quad flip and received some deductions for putting his hands on the ice. I was just like, 'Oh screw it, I'm going to try it.

He said when he finished his program to music from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack, he felt "absolute elation".

"I definitely did want to redeem myself after the two short programs", Chen said, also mentioning his weak performance in the team event, in which the US still managed bronze.

Chen, who past year became the first skater to land five quads in a program, had originally planned five for his free skate Saturday.

Chen added that he didn't even tell his coach that he was would attempt six quads instead of five, as he had been expected to do.

"I'm happy I committed to all my jumps", he said, "and yeah, happy that I gave it my all".

The performance came after Chen faltered in his earlier Olympic appearances.

"I was so fortunate".

"There was a lot about redemption", Chen said after his performance. "Honestly, I just wanted to leave here satisfied with what I have done and I definitely am".

Another standout was Canada's Patrick Chan, skating an elegant free skate that contained a few mistakes, but the 2014 silver medalist more than made up for it with artistic mastery.

"They usually say that like, after the Olympic Games, somebody's life changes forever", Rippon said.

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