Hanyu gears up for new season

Kyodo

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.

  • Liam Nemo

    This was in the comment below the video. Thank goodness someone commented. : This article does not reflect accurately what Yuzuru Hanyu actually said.

    He did not “warn” his rivals that his results from last season were not a fluke, nor did he say “As Olympic champion I WANT PEOPLE TO REALISE that my gold medals were no coincidence — I won them because of my ability.”

    Rather he said that coming into this season as the Sochi Olympic champion, he HOPES TO SKATE IN A WAY THAT CAN CONVINCE EVERYBODY last season was no fluke and that the results were a true reflection of his abilities.

    In other words, he was just talking about what kind of performance he hopes to have this season, and not gloating or goading, as this article or its title would suggest.

    I just wanted to make the distinction clear, so that this skater does not come across as an arrogant young man. Yuzuru Hanyu always shows a great deal of respect towards his competitors and skating fans, and is careful in the way he expresses himself.

    Please be more thorough in how you translate the original words

  • Liam Nemo

    This article does not reflect accurately what Yuzuru Hanyu actually said.

    He did not “warn” his rivals that his results from last season were not a fluke, nor did he say “As Olympic champion I WANT PEOPLE TO REALISE that my gold medals were no coincidence — I won them because of my ability.”

    Rather he said that coming into this season as the Sochi Olympic champion, he HOPES TO SKATE IN A WAY THAT CAN CONVINCE EVERYBODY last season was no fluke and that the results were a true reflection of his abilities.

    In other words, he was just talking about what kind of performance he hopes to have this season, and not gloating or goading, as this article or its title would suggest.

    I just wanted to make the distinction clear, so that this skater does not come across as an arrogant young man. Yuzuru Hanyu always shows a great deal of respect towards his competitors and skating fans, and is careful in the way he expresses himself.

    Please be more thorough in how you translate the original words.