Yuzuru Hanyu (羽生結弦), Japan’s beloved “Ice Prince” and the first skater to win two back-to-back Olympic gold medals for men’s singles in 66 years, was born on Wednesday, December 7, 1994 in “Sendai” city in Tohoku Region of Japan. His zodiac sign is “Sagittarius”, Blood type is “B”, Height is 171cm, Weight is around 53kg and current age is 25 years old (as of January 2020).
YUZURU HANYU FAMILY | FATHER | MOTHER | SISTER:
Yuzuru Hanyu was born and raised in Izumi-ku, Sendai, just 20 minutes’ drive away from the Sendai station. Yuzuru Hanyu has a small loving family of four, him, his parents and an elder sister. His father “Hidetoshi Hanyu” works as a junior high school principal, earning around 7.4 million yen a year, while his mother “Yumi Hanyu” is his manager now, living with him in Toronto, where he trains; but during his initial skating period, she worked at a department store and laundry shop to pay for the sport expenses. She is the one who made Yuzuru’s costume for the game from beginning till 2012. His four year elder sister “Saya Hanyu”, works as a staff member at Hanyu’s home rink, “Ice Rink Sendai”. In fact it was his elder sister practising at the ice rink, that made him interested in the sports and at the age four he started his figure skating journey. His sister though had quit the sports at age 18.
YUZURU HANYU WORLD RECORDS | OLYMPIC 2014 | OLYMPIC 2018 | OLYMPIC 2022:
2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi):
First Japanese man to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating.
Also the first Asian figure skater in men’s singles to win gold.
At age (19 years, 69 days), he was the youngest male skater to win the Olympic gold since Dick Button (18 years, 202 days) in 1948.
|RANK||NAME||FS (Free Skating)||SP (Short Program)||Total|
|1||Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)||178.64||101.45||280.09|
|2||Patrick Chan (CANADA)||178.10||97.52||275.62|
|3||Denis Ten (Kazakhstan)||171.04||84.06||255.10|
2018 Winter Olympics (Pyeongchang):
Yuzuru became the first man to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals since Dick Button’s consecutive gold wins in the 1948 (St. Moritz) and 1952 (Oslo) Olympics.
|RANK||NAME||FS (Free Skating)||SP (Short Program)||Total|
|1||Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)||206.17||111.68||317.85|
|2||Shoma Uno (JPN)||202.73||104.17||306.90|
|3||Javier Fernández (Spain)||197.66||107.58||305.24|
YUZURU HANYU LINKUPS | GIRLFRIENDS | RELATIOSHIPS | MARRIAGE:
Over the years, Japan’s Fascination with Figure Skating has seen exponential escalation. These sports idols were the talks amongst the common people as well as print and television media. It’s common to speculate about their relationship status and so Yuzuru’s love life is also a trending topic of gossip. When he was only sixteen years old, Yuzuru stated in an interview that he wish to be married by the age of 25 and revealed his crush on Japanese actress “Aya Ueto”. Here’s are some name linked up with yuzuru, from time to time.
- Yukiko Fujisawa (Japanese figure skater) / age 24 years old
- Kanako Murakami (Japanese figure skater) / age 25 years old
- Kwak Min-jeong (South Korean figure skater) / age 25 years old
- Satoko Miyahara (Japanese figure skater) / age 21 years old
- Evgenia Medvedeva (Russian figure skater) / age 20 years old
YUZURU HANYU and JAVIER FERNANDEZ | IS YUZURU HANYU GAY?:
Yuzuru Hanyu shares a very special bond with his Spanish competitor and training partner “Javier Fernández (ハビエル・フェルナンデス)”. Their bromance was highlighted first, back in 2012, when they started to train under the same coach “Brian Orser”, as training partners, at the “Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling club”.
The pair’s friendship deepened over the years and received an explosion of support from their fans. So much so that they started to document every moment between the two skater together. Let’s witness their journey together, over the years.
During the “2014 Sochi winter Olympics”, Hanyu (19 yrs) won gold while Javier (22 yrs) came at fourth position in the “Men’s Figure Skating competition”. Both of them has nothing but appreciation for each other’s effort and talent on the ice rink.
“I owe him more than I can ever say. Practising with Javier involves a lot of emotions and it’s what makes the routine more effective” Says Hanyu.
“We always support each other, even though we are competitors. Sometimes we just look at each other and make each other better.” Javier says.
Then during the “2015 Shanghai World Figure Skating Championship”, Javier (23 yrs) clinched gold medal for his country with 273.90 points while Yuzuru (20 yrs) fall short and came second with 271.08 points. At the press conference later Javier told media that “it’s surreal for him to beat the Olympic champion”, he later added “Though we’re teammates but in a competition we’re still rivals. Besides Yuzu just told me that he was happy for me and even dropped a couple of tears”.
Fernández also explained his bond with Hanyu to Reuters in 2015. “It’s like having a wife, your wife is your friend and everything, but it depends on the time. When we are on the ice, we are competing against each other, but when the competition is done, we are friends again and we work together again.”
Then in the “2016 Boston World Figure Skating Championships”, Javier once again won the gold medal while Yuzuru has to satisfy with silver. Fernández scored 216.41 points in the free skate and Hanyu was well behind, scoring only 184.61. “I need to do the best program of my life, if I have to beat Yuzu” Fernandez said to the media earlier. Later he added “competitor like Yuzu brings the best out of me”.
Finally in Helsinki, during the “2017 Finland World Figure Skating Championships”, Yuzuru Hanyu set a new world record for the free skating (223.20 points) and clinched the gold with total 321.59 points while Javier was placed at fourth position scoring a total of 301.19 points.
Both Javier and Hanyu participated in the “2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics”. Where Yuzuru Hanyu clinched the gold with 317.85 while Fernández won the bronze with 305.24. Both of them created history that night Yuzuru with back to back Olympic win and Javier to be the first Spaniard skater to win a medal at the Olympics. As interesting as the competition was there were two heart touching moments between the two partners that really elated the pair’s fans. First when Yuzuru Hanyu was truly terrified that Javier Fernández wasn’t going to land a jump and second when both shared a long emotional embrace at the podium.
Remember when Yuzuru Hanyu was truly terrified that Javier Fernandez wasn’t going to land a jump? We love a friendship. pic.twitter.com/hmDEpwndih
— YUZURU HANYU (@taekookstress) February 16, 2018
Javi 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/wey1aIu5m2
— anja (@anja97455855) December 12, 2018
Javier bids farewell after the “2019 Minsk European Figure Skating Championships” and it made Yuzuru very emotional and he paid his tribute with a video message.
So as you can understand both men respect each other’s professionalism and passion for the game and being training partner for 9 long years, their friendship is like no other. Neither the language barrier nor the fact that they compete against each other had diminished the allure of their friendship.
So how this seemingly beautiful friendship was getting gay tagged. Well there’s two main reason for that. First is generic, as a lot of homophobic Bullying is going on in the “Male Figure Skating” gaming World. Not just Javier and Hanyu but a lot of male skaters were constantly tagged gay, even if they go to the length to publicly announce that they are straight.
The second reason has its heart at the right place, to show affection to their idols, it’s just that, they sometimes cross the line. It first started when #Yuzuvier became one of the popular searchable pairing on Tumblr. Then the imagination really started flying with the infamous fan-fiction website “Archive of Our Own (AO3)”. The duo became the most-written pairing in AO3’s figure skating RPF section. And that’s where really lies the answer to the question, is Yuzuru Hanyu is gay?; because the unusual bonding between him and Javier is so great that fan’s started to look past the reality, into a imaginary realm where they are together, as a couple.
The fact that Hanyu’s fellow figure skater “Adam Rippon” and freestyle skier “Gus Kenworthy” became the first openly gay American men to ever compete in the Winter Olympics (2018), must have given some wind to Yuzuru and Javier’s relationship rumors.
Also, back in 2016 when the superhit anime “Yuri!!! on Ice (ユーリ!!! on ICE)” was released about a romantic relationship between a male figure skater and his male coach, people started imagining the similarities between “Yuri” and “Yuzuru”.