Yuzuru Hanyu: “It is an honor to have the Final on my birthday”

Yuzuru Hanyu

Yuzuru Hanyu looks fearless ahead of his first senior Grand Prix Final which will be held in Quebec City, Canada this weekend. In the last month he won the gold at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow and claimed his spot at the Final of this Grand Prix series.

Japan’s team also will be represented by Daisuke Takahashi, Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki.

Yuzuru Hanyu is the two-time Japanese junior national champion, 2010 World Junior champion, 2011 Four Continents silver medalist and 2009 / 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final champion.

He began this season with a win at the Nebelhorn Trophy 2011. Yuzuru placed first in both of his programs for a combined total score of 226.26 points. He finished fourth at the Cup of China 2011, then won the Rostelecom Cup with a new personal best score of 241.66 points and has been qualified for his first senior Grand Prix Final.

“I have nothing to be afraid of. It is my first time and I am going out there with nothing to lose.” said Hanyu to the Japan’s news agency The Mainichi Daily News.

Hanyu, who won the Junior Grand Prix Final in 2010, hopes to finish what has been a trying year on a high.

Yuzuru is from Sendai and his parents lost their home in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. For a while after the tragedy, the Tohoku High School student didn’t have a place to train and was not sure if he could carry on competing.

But the future of this young Japanese talent has picked Yuzuru up. He is already among top world skaters.

“It is obviously different at the senior level. I want to skate like I always skate without getting caught up and lost in the atmosphere.” said Hanyu.

Today is his 17th birthday and he is very glad that it coincided with the Grand Prix Final.

“It is just an honor to have the Final on my 17th birthday.” he said.

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