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What Yuzuru Hanyu does with all those Winnie the Pooh bears

What Yuzuru Hanyu does with all those Winnie the Pooh bears

Hanyu is a fan of the animated character Winnie the Pooh, and fans showered the Gangneung Ice Arena rink with stuffed Pooh bears of various sizes after his record-setting performance, Deadspin.com reported. After long program, hundreds of fans pelted the ice with Pooh toys.

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. Hanyu usually donates them - by the bagful - to local charities wherever he skates. "So I really appreciate the support and the bears from the fans".

It's not uncommon to see flowers and stuffed animals tossed onto the ice following skating programs.

Chen and Hanyu will return to the ice Saturday for the men's free skate, which is their final event of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Hanyu was competing for the first time in four months. No matter. He hit every element of a highly hard program with precision and grace.

"This is the best day of my skating life".

"He is young, he is a competitor, he wants to continue to make progress in his sport", lists Orser, olympic silver medallist in 1984 and 1988.

Hanyu's countryman Shoma Uno was third at 104.17, followed by China's Jin Boyang at 103.32. He missed on all his jumps, plummeting to 17th place with a tentative and passionless showing.

"I have no words right now".

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"Frankly, we both gave a quality performance today, which is not usual", said Hanyu, smiling to the Spanish sitting side by side.

"I don't just cheer Japanese skaters but foreign skaters too, so I got kind of exhausted cheering for everybody", she said.

Fellow American Adam Rippon finished seventh without attempting a quad in what was otherwise a jumping contest for the men. Not after that short program.

And there's no reason to think he won't do it again in his free skate.

Wearing a military costume complete with epaulets, Russian Dmitri Aliev set the leaping bar very high as the 20th of 30 skaters to perform. Hanyu became the first person in 66 years to earn two consecutive wins in this competition.

There are events in the latter part of the Games in which Japan is regarded as likely to win medals, including speed skating. "I wasn't especially anxious".

None of them had aspirations for multiple gold medals like ski ace Shiffrin.

"Unfortunately, the axel has been just, ugh", Chan said. "Every time after the competition, I am full of joy". "It's unbelievable that he came back in flawless condition after not being able to skate for two months". "I was like, 'I already fell so many times (in performances earlier this week), I might as well go out and throw everything down and see what happens'".


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