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Two Israelis impress in Olympic men's figure skating

Two Israelis impress in Olympic men's figure skating

The defending Olympic and world champion, Hanyu had answered questions about his readiness with his brilliant short program that earned an Olympic record 111.68 points on Friday.

After Hanyu's skate, fans tossed Winnie the Pooh bears onto the ice - the character is his personal favorite (and NBC reports that he donates all of the stuffed animals).

(L-R) Japan's silver medallist Shoma Uno, Japan's gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu, and Spain's bronze medallist Javier Fernandez pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the figure skating Men's singles event at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, on February 17, 2018. "I cherished every competition, and I need to focus on the details", said Jin.

Button, 88, live tweeting the event, sent words of encouragement to Chen just minutes before his free skate: "Hey Nathan Chen Beyonce fell off the stage at a concert and got right back up, so can you". Almost all his jumps had interesting, hard entries and he landed two quads and six triples.

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, who won gold during the Sochi Olympics, did it again with a score of 317.85, making him the first male figure skater to win back-to-back gold medals in 66 years.

As always, he left the ice to a swarm of cascading Winnie The Pooh dolls flooding the ice. Marit Bjoergen and her teammates added to the tally by winning gold in the women's relay 4x5 cross country ski. His energy throughout, particularly in the back end of his routine to "Turandot", permeated the arena, and he pumped his arms wildly when he finished.

Remarkable journey For Fernandez, it was the flawless way to end his last Olympics, claiming Spain's first ever figure skating medal.

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

Hanyu meanwhile, pushed by the likes of his training partner Fernandez, Uno, Chen and company, has pushed figure skating to new limits. Light as a bird himself, Rippon hit every element with grace and, after taking his bow, put a hand to his heart. The Canadian landed a handsome opening quad toe-triple toe, but the doubled his second quad toe attempt and made a series of small errors from there: doubling an intended triple loop, putting a hand down on a triple axel, and even a trip in the footwork sequence.

"Having such a rough short program allowed me to just forget about expectation and allow myself to really enjoy myself", said Chen, who more than lived up to his nickname of the sport's "Quad King".

"More than worries about my strength, I was actually concerned about whether I'd be able to stand on skates again", Hanyu told reporters after overcoming a stumble in his mesmerising free performance to win his second gold at the age of 23. American great Lindsey Vonn sat sixth in the competition delayed by one hour due to strong wind.

"It's been such a wild ride over my short 17 years", Zhou said. "I hope they'll take even more confidence from this and smile even more".

After Chen's skate, his teammate Zhou, 17, followed with a powerful performance of his own, setting the tone from the start with a quad lutz / triple toeloop combination that the judges awarded with more than 19 points.

"They usually say that like, after the Olympic Games, somebody's life changes forever", Rippon said.


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