Yuzuru Hanyu flew across the ice like an anime hero — leaping, whirling, capturing gold, then bowing so deeply his boyish bangs almost brushed the top of his skates.
He was a dashing Romeo, winning the hearts of screaming, flag-waving, teddy bear-tossing groupies in the Iceberg Skating Palace stands, not to mention supporters back in his hometown of Sendai and throughout Japan, where he will create another surge of figure-skating mania.
Hanyu became the biggest star of the week-old Sochi Olympics by winning one of its glamour events with a glam long program Friday night […]
“I’m here by myself, only one gold medalist, but spiritually I am not by myself,” he said.
“I’m here thanks to the people of Japan who supported me. This is a return of the favor, if you will. I was able to give something back.”
Something memorable, something original. As Plushenko bid farewell, the sport bowed to a worthy successor.