Yuzuru Hanyu said Wednesday he is eager to prove his gold-medal winning treble at figure skating’s biggest competitions last season was no fluke and wants to win everything in sight in the upcoming campaign.
Hanyu won the Grand Prix Final, the Sochi Winter Olympic gold medal and capped off a stunning season by edging compatriot Tatsuki Machida for the world championship gold in Saitama in March.
“I want to show people that (my success) last season was because of my ability and not just a coincidence,” Hanyu told reporters in Tokyo. “I want to win everything.”
Hanyu, who brought joy to Japan when he delivered the country’s only gold medal of the Sochi Games on his Olympic debut, is scheduled to compete this season at the Cup of China and the NHK Trophy in this year’s Grand Prix Series.
The 19-year-old will attempt to make three quadruple jumps in his free program this term.
“There will be pressure but that comes with expectations. I am happy people have expectations of me and that is because they think I can do it,” he said.