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Legendary figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu’s new YouTube channel racks up over a million views in 1 day

Yuzuru Hanyu, one of the greatest ice skaters of all time, has launched a YouTube channel after retiring from international competitions. 

In his first YouTube video on Sunday, Hanyu, 27, explains to viewers that he started the channel because he wants “people to watch [his] skating and performances” and promises that he “will continue to skate at [his] best.”

Japan’s ‘Ice Prince’ Yuzuru Hanyu retires from competitive figure skating

  • On July 19, 2022, Japan’s 'Ice Prince' Yuzuru Hanyu announced his decision to continue as a professional figure skater and retire from competitive sport.
  • Hanyu, widely regarded as one of the greatest figure skaters in history, is moving on from a prolific career that resulted in numerous international awards and feats, including two Olympic gold medals, four Grand Prix championships and a dozen world records.
  • During a news conference in Tokyo, he stated that he plans to continue as a professional figure skater and will strive to achieve the quadruple Axel, a jump that no skater has hit in competition.
  • Fans from all over the world expressed their appreciation of Hanyu’s work and achievements throughout his career, with many stating support for his decision to leave competitive sport.

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, widely regarded as one of the greatest figure skaters in history, has retired from international competitions. 

Known to international fans as the “Ice Prince,” the 27-year-old Japanese athlete announced his decision to retire from competitive sport during a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Utah honors native son Nathan Chen with his own day in honor of his figure skating achievements

  • Utah declared May 18 as Nathan Chen Day to honor the Chinese American Olympic gold medalist for his significant achievements in figure skating.
  • Chen, 23, was recognized by the Utah Sports Commision, Utah Governor Spencer Cox and other state legislators during a ceremony at Utah State Capitol’s chamber at 11 a.m. on May 18.
  • “I mean truthfully, I didn't really think I was going to be able to make it to where I made it,” the Salt Lake City native told FOX13. “For me and I'm absolutely certain that there's gonna be many other young athletes that will be able to achieve it so long as they have the inspiration with a passion I think that's the most important thing.”
  • Chen won gold at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in February, beating his long-time rival, Japan’s “Ice Prince” Yuzuru Hanyu, in what was considered the “Battle of the Sixes,” with both skaters having six national titles under their belts.
  • Earlier this week, the figure skater was revealed to be part of Time100’s Most Influential People of 2022, along with other celebrities such as Marvel star Simu Liu.

The state of Utah declared May 18 as Nathan Chen Day to honor the Chinese American Olympic gold medalist for his significant achievements in figure skating.

The Utah Sports Commision, Utah Governor Spencer Cox and other state legislators recognized Chen, 23, for his accomplishments after he won gold at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in February. The figure skater was celebrated in the chamber of the state’s Capitol at 11 a.m., where he received a declaration from Cox and a ceremony in his honor.

Vincent Zhou, Alysa Liu and Madison Chock win medals at 2022 World Figure Skating Championships

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  • Vincent Zhou won the bronze medal in the men’s competition of the World Figure Skating Championships over the weekend, with a total score of 277.38.
  • Alysa Liu, the 16-year-old two-time national champion, also took home a bronze medal during her first time competing in the women’s senior world championship with a score of 211.19.
  • In the Ice Dance competition, Madison Chock and Evan Bates took home their third career World medal, earning the bronze with a total score of 216.83, right behind fellow Team USA members Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.

Figure skaters Vincent Zhou and Alysa Liu each took home a bronze medal at the 2022 World Figure Skating Championships in Montpellier, France.

Zhou, who withdrew from the Beijing Winter Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, recovered and earned a bronze medal in the men’s world championships with a total score of 277.38

Nathan Chen places his gold medal around his mother’s neck in their first reunion since the Olympics

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  • On Tuesday, Olympic figure skater Nathan Chen made an appearance on “The Today Show,” where his mother, Hetty Wang, surprised him.
  • The two had not seen each other since the Olympics, and the mother and son duo embraced as Chen placed his gold medal around his mother’s neck.
  • The 22-year-old thanked his mother for the years of support that she had given him, and the two reminisced on their Olympics journey.
  • Chen won both a silver and gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics in figure skating.

Olympic figure skater Nathan Chen was surprised by his mother Hetty Wang during his appearance on Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s “Today” show, during which he thanked her for supporting him along his journey to becoming an Olympic champion.

Wang surprised Chen by walking on set with a tray of pizza, only to have Chen place his gold medal around her neck. According to Today, the two had not seen each other since the Olympics.

Nathan Chen pays tribute to mother Hetty Wang, Olympian Michelle Kwan after historic gold win in Beijing

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  • Nathan Chen paid tribute to his mother, Hetty Wang, and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan after taking home a gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
  • The 22-year-old figure skater from Salt Lake City broke the short program world record on Tuesday, becoming the first Asian American man to win the title.
  • Chen praised his mother for supporting him early in his career when they didn’t have a lot of money and tried to get him a coach.
  • Chen paid further tribute to his mother by remembering how she drove long hours from Salt Lake City to get him to practice with his current coach in California.
  • "Having athletes that look like you certainly gives you the hope that you can do the same,” Chen further said of Kwan.

Nathan Chen expressed his heartfelt appreciation for his mother, Hetty Wang, and gave a shout-out to two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan after taking home a gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

The 22-year-old figure skater from Salt Lake City broke the short program world record on Tuesday, becoming the first Asian American man to win the title.

Nathan Chen is first Asian American male figure skater to win Olympic gold after dominant performance

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  • American figure skater Nathan Chen, 22, has finally fulfilled his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal.
  • Chen placed first at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Thursday, beating his rival, Japan’s “Ice Prince” and two-time defending gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu.
  • The young athlete made history by becoming the first American to win a gold medal in an individual figure skating program since Evan Lysacek in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
  • He is now the first Asian American male athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating.

Nathan Chen’s redemption arc has reached its climax as the American figure skater finally fulfilled his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal.

Chen, 22, finished the men’s singles event at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Thursday with a score of 218.63 in the free skate and an overall score of 332.60. His scores on Wednesday bested those of his rival at the Olympics, Japan’s “Ice Prince” and two-time defending gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu, according to ABC News.

Team USA superstar Nathan Chen one step closer to Olympic gold after shattering Hanyu world record

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  • Chinese American figure skater Nathan Chen has set a world record with his score of 113.97 in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics’ men’s figure skating short program.
  • The score places Chen in the top position to clinch a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
  • Japan’s “Ice Prince,” Yuzuru Hanyu, who set the previous record with a score of 111.82 in 2020, landed in eighth place with 95.15.
  • Vincent Zhou of Team USA did not compete in the program due to his recent positive test result for COVID-19.

Chinese American figure skating star Nathan Chen is on track to win his first Olympic gold for Team USA after a world-record-setting routine in the men’s short program on Tuesday. 

On the first day of the competition, the 22-year-old athlete broke the record set by his main rival, Japan’s “Ice Prince,” Yuzuru Hanyu, with a score of 113.97, reported CNN.

Asian American figure skater Zhu Yi attacked online after falling during her first Team China performance

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  • China’s U.S.-born figure skater Zhu Yi cried after falling twice during the women’s free skate event of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games on Monday.
  • “I was very emotional during the routine and wanted to cry. I couldn’t hold it back, and the tears came flowing,” Zhu said.
  • Chinese social media users have been hurling insults at the young athlete ever since she fell during her Olympic debut on Sunday.
  • In both the women’s free skate event and the women’s short program team event, the 19-year-old finished last.

Team China figure skater Zhu Yi was left in tears after falling twice during her routine in the Winter Games’ women’s single free skating event on Monday.

Due to her performance, the California-born athlete finished last on the third day of the figure skating team event with a score of 91.41, reported South China Morning Post (SCMP)

Nathan Chen gives U.S. team early lead with perfect performance only .11 points short of world record

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  • Nathan Chen, the three-time world champion Asian American figure skater, began the 2022 Beijing Olympics with a winning performance in the men's short program.
  • He earned an international score of 111.71 points.
  • His performance placed the U.S. figure skaters in the lead and earned him the second-highest score ever recorded in the program.

Three-time world champion American figure skater Nathan Chen began the 2022 Beijing Olympics with a historic performance, placing the U.S. figure skating team in the lead.

Chen’s performance at the Capital Indoor Stadium on Friday earned him the top spot in the men’s short program with an international score of 111.71 points — the second-highest score ever recorded in the program. His score trails the world record set by his rival Yuzuru Hanyu by only .11 points.

Figure skating judge banned for Chinese ‘national bias’ at 2018 Olympics to be back for Beijing Games

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  • Chinese figure skating judge Huang Feng, who was suspended following a ruling that determined he was displaying preferential treatment toward Chinese skaters in the 2018 Olympics, will once again judge at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
  • The International Skating Union (ISU) banned Huang for a year after the last Winter Olympics, but competition records revealed he will serve as a “technical controller” in Beijing.
  • Allegations of nationalistic bias in figure skating have been a consistent problem in the sport for years, with studies showing “consistently measurable bias” by judges around the world.

A Chinese figure skating judge who previously served a suspension for preferential treatment at the 2018 Olympics will be on a technical judging panel in Beijing, competition records show.

The International Skating Union (ISU) ruled that Huang displayed “obvious and systematic bias” while judging pairs figure skating at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. It was determined that Huang displayed bias in favor of Chinese skaters Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who won silver in the pairs competition. Huang was subsequently banned from judging for one year, although he maintained that the rules were unclear and moved to have the charges dismissed.