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Many Chinese fans of figure skating superstar Yuzuru Hanyu were upset that his eight-year reign as Olympic champion came to an end but still praised him for attempting a quadruple axel, which has never been landed in competition.

During Hanyu’s free skate performance at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Thursday, a Chinese citizen, one of the around 550 spectators allowed to enter the venue, cheered for him in Japanese repeatedly after he fell.

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