Hanyu says his successes were no coincidence
2014 Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan warned his competitors that his Olympic gold medal, as well as World champion title, was no fluke. The skater promises more fireworks in the coming season, reports Agence France-Presse.
“As Olympic champion I want people to realize that my gold medals were no coincidence – I won them because of my ability.” the 19-year-old told local media today.
Yuzuru Hanyu won Japan’s only gold medal of the Sochi Olympics in February, breaking his own world record in the short program en route and becoming the first man from his country to win Olympic gold in the sport.
Hanyu is also the youngest Olympic men’s champion in 66 years. However, all his achievements have clearly not diminished his hunger for more success.
“There is pressure of course but that comes with the expectation,” he said. “I’m glad people have those expectations of me. It shows what they think I am capable of. My goals are always the same. I want to win everything.” the skater admitted.
His astounding sweep last season carried extra poignancy after the story emerged of his escape from the terrible magnitude 9.0 earthquake which triggered a deadly tsunami in northeast Japan in 2011 while he was at training session.
Hanyu, who had to crawl off the ice as it cracked beneath him and flee the rink as the building began to collapse around him, became the poster boy for Japanese figure skating after storming to victory in Sochi.
His first competitive appearance of the season will be at 2014 Finlandia Trophy. He is also assigned to the 2014 Cup of China and NHK Trophy at ISU Grand Prix series.
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