Five facts on 'Ice Prince' Yuzuru Hanyu

Five facts on 'Ice Prince' Yuzuru Hanyu

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

At least the defending Olympic champion from Japan knew what to do with the Poohs after he scored 111.68 points Friday, building more than a four-point lead over Spain's Javier Fernandez.

The 18-year-old American became the first skater to land six quads at the Olympics to earn 215.08 points, almost 11 more than his personal best, to give him a combined total of 297.35.

USA Olympians Lindsey Vonn and Nathan Chen failed to medal Saturday morning in Pyeongchang. (That's right: SIX.) He had the highest score of the free skating event (215.08) but ultimately did not medal because of his disastrous performance in Thursday's short program. He touched down on a second quad flip but maintained his balance.

"It was a good experience, I know I didn't do the flawless program but I was satisfied with what I did and it got me an Olympic medal, that's all I've got to say".

Thousands of miniature Japanese flags featuring the rising sun waved in the stands to greet Hanyu when he got onto the ice.

Yuzuru Hanyu didn't disappoint 127 million Japanese and other devotees to a slender flash on the ice who has elevated men's figure skating to stratospheric heights. "I might as well just go for everything right now, I have literally nothing to lose so I might as well just go for it". On Saturday, he nailed virtually every element.

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Chinese Jin Boyang was fourth with 297.77 points in total. I saw him before my warmup, and I gave him a huge hug and said: "'I am so proud of you.' The weight of the world was on him".

Soohorang the white tiger - the official mascot of the 2018 winter Olympics - has made its mark in Pyeongchang, sold at souvenir stores and Olympic venues across the country, and athletes have been gifted the little white bear during medal ceremonies. He ultimately tallied an 87.47 technical component score and a 171.41 the overall free skate. "I feel like I'm ready for the Olympics, and that's what matters".

Adam Rippon doesn't do quads, but his presentation and dramatic flair earn him points. "I wasn't especially anxious".

Rippon went just before Aliev and Chan, and his scintillating artistry helped him overcome the lack of the quad.

"Definitely, there was a lot about redemption", Chen said.

The figure skater smoothly landed on five out of the six quadruple jumps and slipped the slipped while landing on another, he put his hand on the ice, but still rocked in all four rotations. "Unfortunately it happened at a really bad time". I've been training clean longs. "And then, being in such a low place going into the long, I allowed myself to completely forget about expectations and just allowed myself to be myself".

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