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Yuzuru Hanyu: 2016 Worlds Practice 1

I finally had some time to look through the pictures that I took of Yuzu during the 2016 Worlds in Boston.  I decided to do a series of blog entries with photos from each of Yuzu’s on ice sessions.  Here are photos taken by me from Day 1, practice #1. (I have not altered the photos in any way yet (lighting, sharpening etc).

Yuzu arrived!!


Yuzu actually carried Pooh onto the ice and then placed him on the boards.  I posted a picture of this in an earlier blog entry in case you missed it.  I have never seen him do this, and it was truly adorable when he bent down and had Pooh touch the ice too!

Here is Yuzu getting Pooh ready for the 1st practice session at Worlds!  He handles him so gently!!

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A little pat on Pooh’s head, and afterwards he even squeezed Pooh ear.  Too adorable for words.



This is Yuzu in flight doing a quad toe.  Love his straight position in the air, and how tight his legs are together.



Yuzu preparing to do his Seimei program run through.  Pooh is ready too!



Yuzu just casually skating around before setting up for his next element.  For this practice I was sitting in the section by the entrance to the ice.  It was a bit crowded so I moved on Day 2.

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Yuzu coming towards me from the opposite direction.  Just stunning.

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This was taken towards the end of practice.  I love his quirky facial expression in this photo.



Yuzu getting his warm up jacket on, ready for cool down.  The practice time went by way too quickly!



First practice done!!  Always good to see a smile on his face!  So adorable!!



I know the pictures are a bit dark and can probably be fixed with a bit of photo editing magic, which I still have yet to learn.  I will also be working on improving my photography at the next competition, whether it will be Autumn Classic or Skate Canada!!

Next up – 2nd practice session.  Stay tuned!

Go Yuzu Go!!!  Doki Doki!!




7 comments on “Yuzuru Hanyu: 2016 Worlds Practice 1

  1. Kwok Kwan Yow
    August 10, 2016

    Thank you for sharing these off-the-screen photos of Yuzuru. The sight of Pooh perched on the edge of the board, watching and encouraging Yuzuru in his practices and competitions always put a smile on my face! He is so adorable when he squeezes Pooh’s little paw, scratches his head or shakes Pooh’s right hand at the end of a successful performance!! I especially love the moment in 2013 GPF when Brian was very amused and could not stop smiling when he caught Yuzuru squeezing Pooh’s paw loving while waiting for his scores after his SP. That was so precious!

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  3. Yuzurist-Japan
    August 17, 2016

    I always wonder what he will do with all the Poohs he gets from his fans. He has countless Poohs by now !!! And don’t you think that Brian resembles Pooh?
    By the way, it was really painful to know that his left foot was swollen when he performed Seimei at Worlds and he had been using painkiller during the practice. (written in his recent book “Blue Flame II”) I always remember the interview right after the Worlds, in a hotel room in Boston with a lot of sadness. Yuzu looked so exhaused and said sadly, “This is another adversity that God gave me….” I really wish he could go through the coming season without any health problems.

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    • sportymags
      August 17, 2016

      He actually donates the Pooh bears to charity and hospitals now that there are simply too many. He said this in an interview after Worlds in Shanghai.


  4. Yuzurist-Japan
    August 18, 2016

    Thanks for the answer! Indeed, he got too many in Shanghai.

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