“Best Quad Axel”- Yuzuru Hanyu Believes He Produced His Best at Beijing Winter Olympics 2022, Despite Having a ‘Very Bad’ Injury Day Before

Published 02/16/2022, 10:48 AM EST
2022 Beijing Olympics – Figure Skating – Men Single Skating – Free Skating – Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China – February 10, 2022. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan in action. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

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The Japanese skater, Yuzuru Hanyu, may have failed in his dream of performing a perfect quad axel at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but we will always talk about his courage and dedication towards the game.

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His performance in the first round of the men’s figure skating short program wasn’t as per the expectations, so he had to do something different for the finals. He had to take an injection to suppress the pain. “The injury was very bad, I had an injection and I decided that I would take part in the competition,” said Hanyu.

Olympics is a very special place

For the Japanese figure skater, the Olympics have a very special place in his heart.

In the press conference, he said, “The Olympics is a special place, one of a kind. It’s a competition, a challenge, that you want to take on even if you’re hurt. There’s no other place like that for a figure skater.”

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The champion has mentioned often that he loves to perform at the Olympics, but this was even more special because of his undaunted will to try something extraordinary in the finals.

The best quad axel I have done so far

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Performing a quad axel was the only way Yuzuru could have won his third consecutive Olympic gold. However, the injury made the jump quite impossible. “I didn’t do well in the short programme and that gave me adrenaline and I think that quad axel is the best quad axel I have done so far,” he said, in the press conference.

Even though the outcome was disappointing for the two times Olympic gold medalist but for him it was the best quad axel he has ever attempted.

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It’s great to watch that the champion is proud of his attempt at the toughest figure skating jump. Well, given his obsession with quad axel, he might land it to perfection, eventually.

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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