Olympic champion Hanyu completes skating’s golden slam

Yuzuru Hanyu with his Four Continents gold medal in Seoul. © ISU
Yuzuru Hanyu with his Four Continents gold medal in Seoul. © ISU

Seoul, Korea, February 9, 2020: Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan finally completed his impressive collection of titles when he skated off with gold at the International Skating Union Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on Sunday. 

Jason Brown (USA) claimed the silver medal and Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 champion Yuma Kagiyama of Japan grabbed the bronze in his ISU Championship debut.

Hanyu, Olympic champion at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 and a two-time world champion, skated to his famous programme “Seimei” and scored 187.60 points for a total of 299.42 points to secure the title after winning three silver medals at the Four Continents.

“There was a little bit of a problem with the ice before I skated. Because of that problem I was unusually nervous but I think I tried my best,” Hanyu, 25, said.

“I was disappointed with my mistakes but I will be able to prepare for the World Championships by analysing these mistakes. I would like to improve my skating to not repeat these mistakes in other competitions.”

Brown’s emotional performance to “Schindler’s List” earned him a personal best score of 180.11 and he moved up one spot at 274.82 points overall.

Kagiyama delivered an excellent performance to the “Tucker” soundtrack and achieved a personal best with 179.00 points to tally 270.61 points.

“I could never have imagined getting a medal here and I’m still in shock. I am surprised with this good result,” the 16-year-old Lausanne 2020 champ said.

“I’m happy with my performance. I was able to skate without thinking too much. I enjoyed to skate and make the audience happy.”