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The Asian Reporter
Pacific Northwest News q Volume 24 Number 4 q February 17, 2014 q www.asianreporter.com
Japan’s Hanyu is first to break
100 points, wins Olympic gold
Lee wins gold medal in
women’s 500 meters
Tokyo hit by rare
STRENGTH AND GRACE. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs in the men’s short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014
Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Hanyu became the first figure skater to break the 100-point mark with a spectacular short program. He earned 101.45 points with a play-
ful, almost seductive routine in which he seemed to flow above the ice. The following day, Hanyu earned 178.64 points in the free skate to take home the gold medal. (AP
Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
By Barry Wilner
The Associated Press
Filipino skater makes it
from mall to Olympics
OCHI, Russia — Japan’s Yuzuru
Hanyu made figure-skating history
last week, first by surpassing the
100-point mark in the men’s short pro-
gram, then by becoming Japan’s first gold
medallist in Olympic men’s figure skating.
Hanyu became the first figure skater to
break the 100-point mark with a spectacu-
lar performance in the men’s short pro-
gram at the Sochi Games last Thursday.
He earned 101.45 points with a playful,
almost seductive routine in which he
seemed to flow above the ice.
‘‘I was so surprised with my score,’’
Hanyu said. ‘‘I didn’t know I got over 100.’’
He shouldn’t have been surprised, con-
sidering the speed, sharpness, entertain-
ment value, and total conviction of his
skating. He nailed his two biggest jumps,
including a huge quadruple toe loop to open
the program, and his triple lutz-triple toe
combination was exquisite.
‘‘For Yuzuru, that was perfection,’’ said
his coach, Brian Orser. ‘‘That’s as good as it
Nineteen-year-old Hanyu also won the
men’s short program in the team event and
has been on quite a run with wins in the
Grand Prix Final and Japanese champion-
Hanyu soared to a nearly four-point lead
over three-time world champion Patrick
Chan of Canada.
No man from an Asian nation or Canada
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had won Olympic gold in figure skating.
Chan, who was fifth in Vancouver, put on
his best Olympic routine to stay within
sight of Hanyu.
During the Friday program, Hanyu
make it difficult on himself. He thought he
lost all chance at the title with a mediocre
free skate, but thanks to the mistakes of
Chan and others, Hanyu won his country’s
first gold medal in Olympic men’s single
“Negative feelings were brewing inside
of me,” Hanyu said. “It was difficult to keep
with the performance with all that in my
“I thought the gold medal was not in my
hands,” Hanyu said.
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