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Yuzuru Hanyu: and His Puppy

No Men’s Olympic event can be complete without reviewing all of the cute, funny, adorable moments between Yuzu and Shoma (call them bloopers if you will)!!  Both of them just being themselves, Yuzu a little OCD sometimes which is funny in itself, and Shoma, half asleep most of the time, is getting to be quite endearing as well.  Both are adorable in their own way!!

As I poke a bit of fun at Shoma here, I mean it in a loving way because he’s just so funny and cute.  Shoma provides such light fun to an event by just being himself, and tends to shy away from the media spotlight.  But in the glare of the Olympics, he couldn’t escape this time.  To me, Yuzu and Shoma are like night and day but I appreciate hard working athletes.

Quote from Yuzu:  He’s more like a puppy than a younger brother

Yuzu is a thoroughbred, perfectly groomed and trained, and generally impeccable.  Shoma is, well, to take a reference from Yuzu, a cute mutt.  Mutts are scruffy, and loveable!!!  People are drawn to them because they are cute.  Between the both of them, they had enough highlights moments to fill a movie reel but here are the ones I want to cherish forever (and this is just from the Olympics).



As much as this post is about fun, I included this tweet because it was really nice!  It resonated with me.  When Yuzu was off injured and getting rehab for his ankle, Shoma quietly had to carry the burden.



Short Program Press Conference:  Ever the gentleman, Yuzu had to show Shoma how to hook up and wear the translation ear piece.




Not only did Shoma need assistance with the earpiece, both Yuzu and Javi had a good look and probably internal chuckle at him when he knocked his nameplate over and onto the floor during a press conference!!


Sleeve Gate:  This has got to be one of the funniest moments of all.  I’m sure that all of the Japanese athletes had to send in their measurements for their Olympic gear but someone goofed up on Shoma’s team warmup jacket.



Yuzu helping Shoma fold up his sleeves, while killing himself laughing.




That same person must have worked on the blazer sleeves for Yuzu.  They got the sleeve length information switched up for both skaters!!  I’m surprised that the JOC or JSF didn’t quickly get Yuzu a new jacket in between the start and the end of the Olympics to fix the sleeve issue since they knew Yuzu would be front and centre with the media.



I’m not sure who put this combination photo together but it’s so cute.  Yuzu taking care of Shoma at every event, and it doesn’t matter how big the stage.

Shoma 1.png


Twitter can be fun and here are just some screen shots of some posts that made me laugh.

Yuzu shoma 2


Priceless reaction from Shoma!!

Shoma interview


This is classic Shoma!!  The Olympics are not about the medals, they are about sleep!



This twitter post kinda summed it up for me.

twitter comment


More classic Shoma during the medal ceremony.  Directly in front of the cameras, Shoma just stared blankly until Yuzu helped him loosen up a bit.



More Shoma awkwardness which is so endearing!!  I am glad he is such a good sport about it.

Shoma stool


Thanks to the person who put this combination photo together showing Yuzu and Shoma over time.

Y and S over time.png


The video shows Yuzu checking Shoma to make sure he is camera ready, and notices that Shoma has his drawstrings hanging out.  How can you not love these two!!!

Shoma string


When I saw this photo, I just about spit out my Coke.  Shoma is holding the plushie backwards!!  What can you say about this kid!  It’s just him and it’s innocent and loveable.



One thing we did miss:  Yuzu and Shoma didn’t get to do the marriage proposal thingy on the podium, neither the stuffie nor the medal podium.  But, it’s ok, we will have more changes to see this in the future I’m sure.


Here is a Shoma quote from media interview afterwards about the pressure and media going back to Yuzu.  (Translation by tumblr user Cantilover)

Post medal ceremony media interview

  • U: Is your brain that hard? You seem a little softer.
  • S: I’m not in the position to receive the pressure that Hanyu receives.
  • U: What are you saying?? The expectation for you was high as well!
  • S: No no. This season, I haven’t competed in the same competition as Hanyu, so this was the first one in a while. It was so relieving.
  • U: So Hanyu’s presence makes you relieved?
  • S: Yes because all of the press and the fans go to Hanyu.


Back at 2017 Worlds in Helsinki, I took this photo of Yuzu carefully folding the Japanese flag after the medal ceremony and Shoma just handing his flag back to someone.


Flash forward to the 2018 Olympics 11 months later and guess which flag belongs to which skater?  It’s just too priceless for words!!



Here is a priceless little video that sums up these 2 adorable skaters (it shows more than Olympics):

And this just in, after Team Japan arrived back in Tokyo!  At the press conference for the medalists, Shoma with his fluffy hair, and crooked, loosely tied tie, and of course, to finish it off, the Team Japan Olympic pin on his lapel, is upside down!!  CLASSIC Shoma!!  Love it, and I hope he doesn’t change!!



I hope I was able to capture all the precious little moments between these 2 young phenoms during the Olympics.  If I have missed any cute moments, please let me know and I will add them to this post!!


Go Yuzu Go!!!  Doki Doki!!



5 comments on “Yuzuru Hanyu: and His Puppy

  1. amadl
    February 26, 2018

    Finally, a post about Yuzu and Shoma! Everytime I see them together I just feel this massive urge to pat Shoma’s head, imagine how it must be for Yuzu (*´ω`*)

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  2. Yuzurist-Japan
    February 26, 2018

    Thank you so much for this funny article! I laughed so hard! We have seen many interviews of these two boys on Japanese TV, and they are so cute together. Some people say Shoma came from another planet. The difference between genius and xxxx is paper thin, isn’t it?

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  3. smal58
    February 28, 2018

    Love this article..finally I can read the things I have thought without “wrong meanings”… it’s very difficult to comment something like this in some places without the famous “bromance”…. I wanted to make a video about this two crazy and adorable boys, but I thought finally I should delete many comments and this is not what I like…I really love to see how they have grew together in some way and how Yuzu takes care of Shoma all time…but I have noticed too how difficult can be to Shoma to take all this attention when Yuzu isn’t around, he takes the pressure so humbledly and I really admire him for this…thank you for this nice nice article¡¡¡….

    Liked by 1 person

    • sportymags
      February 28, 2018

      Exactly. I put this together just to collect cute moments between these 2, for my memories and am happy if people enjoy it too.. ❤️

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Mo
    March 29, 2018

    That picture of baby Shoma and tall Yuzu… HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE THEY ARE ONLY 3 YEARS APART XD

    Liked by 1 person

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