Figure skating is a sport that embraces both genders. Participants are allowed to enrol in either the men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating or ice dance. It is popular among people from different countries including Japan. More and more Japanese have registered interest in the sports. They have quite a number of participants to boast of and most have turned out to be seasoned sportsmen. Yuzuru Hanyu is one name that stands out in the Japanese figure skating sphere. Most of his die-hard fans have asked lots of questions about the famous figure skaters, questions that have been left unanswered. Ask no more, we have our spotlight on him and hope to milk out some juicy details.
Who Is Yuzuru Hanyu?
Yuzuru Hanyu was born in Sendai, Japan on December 7, 1994. He began skating when he was a little boy, he was only 4 years old at the time. At first, it was just a mere hobby until he watched the live broadcast of 2002 Winter Olympic held in Salt Lake City, Utah. A heavily hyped duel between Russian skaters; Aleksey Yagudin and Evgeni Plushchenko was televised. Hanyu was fascinated by Plushchenko’s impressive figure skating skills. He began to model him after Plushchenko and American Johnny Weir.
After a couple of training and practice, Hanyu mastered all basic skating moves and also the tough ones like Biellmann spin and quadruple jump. He made his debut appearance in 2004 by competing in the Japan Novice Championship.
Does Yuzuru Hanyu Have A Girlfriend Or Is He Gay?
Hanyu’s fans have been curious about his sexual orientation. This handsome champion is an object of fantasy among his female fans. His attractive features and boyish charms have them drooling over him. Sadly for them, he thinks nothing of their obsession. Hanyu has never spoken of any love interest, neither has he been seen with one.
Some believe he is gay. They say that is why he is often awkward with women. Others say he is too touchy with his male colleagues. Hanyu’s friendship with fellow figure skater Javier Fernandez has also caused many to raise their brows in confusion. However, Yuzuru Hanyu has not come forward to either confirm or rebuff these claims. These speculations may have been triggered by the rather wrong perception that all male figure skaters are homosexual. This false assumption is unfair to those who have other preferences. Johnny Weir, an openly gay former U.S Olympian says there are quite a number of straight people in the sport and it is unpleasant to make fun of them for something they aren’t.
Quick Facts About The Figure Skater
1. He Has Asthma
The figure skating champion has been living with asthma for a long time. That’s the reason behind his heavy breathing after his skating games. We don’t know if the health challenge was triggered by genetic factors or other complications. Hanyu was a victim of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. His house was damaged during the disaster. Perhaps, that natural disaster may have been the genesis of his asthma episodes.
2. Hanyu Loves Cartoons
The figure skater has a thing for A.A. Milne’s animation character, Winnie the Pooh bear. He believes it’s his lucky charm. Hanyu began carrying a tissue box shaped as Pooh bear in 2010. Since he shot to fame, his endearing fans have repeatedly used the cartoon character as a symbol of their solidarity to Hanyu. They have taken to tossing Pooh bears at him during a game. On several occasions, they have brought their own Pooh bears to Hanyu’s skating games in Pyeongchang. In fact, Hanyu now carries a Pooh bear as a mascot
3. He’s Lived Up to His Name
Hanyu’s name means strength and confidence. It is said that his father named him as such, hoping that Hanyu would grow up to be strong-minded and confident. His parents desired he live a simple life while being dignified, powerful and graceful. Becoming a figure skater and being exceptional at it is no simple feat. It must have taken Yuzuru Hanyu a lot of hard work and courage to get to where he is now. His parents must be proud of him.
4. He Attended The Same School With Other Prominent Figure Skaters
Hanyu attended Tohoku High School when he was much younger. Coincidentally, it is the same school other famous Japanese figure skaters Takeshi Honda and Shizuka Arakawa attended. Small world huh? He probably interacted with them and learned a few things about figure skating.
5. His Other Interests
Yuzuru Hanyu may be a world-famous figure skating champion but who says he can’t be interested in other things. It’s a widespread sheet with many options to choose from. Figure skating doesn’t have to be the only thing he is good at. He may as well add a few other things to the list. In 2014, Hanya enrolled into the Waseda University’s e-school program. He was admitted to study human informatics and cognitive sciences. Who knows? This may be something he would love to explore further. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.