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Yuzuru Hanyu, Nathan Chen top Weibo’s search rankings following Olympics free skating faceoff

  • After an unsuccessful attempt to win his third consecutive gold medal at the Olympics, Yuzuru Hanyu has received an outpouring of praise and support from fans.
  • Hanyu has been a trending topic on Weibo following his free skate performance on Thursday, in which he attempted a quadruple axel, along with the hashtag #4a, a reference to the notorious jump that has featured heavily at this year’s events.
  • Fans have commended the 27-year-old “Ice Prince” from Japan for attempting to take on such a difficult challenge.
  • Meanwhile, U.S. athlete Nathan Chen, who recently earned a gold medal at Thursday’s free skate competition, has been receiving mostly criticism on Chinese social media while also trending on Weibo’s search ranking.
  • Many of the comments on Chen’s performance have been negative due to his interview comments in regards to China’s human rights issue and his Chinese American identity.

Following his gold medal-winning free skate performance on Thursday, Nathan Chen, as well as Japan’s two-time champion Yuzuru Hanyu, have both been trending search topics on Weibo. 

Chen finished the event in first place with a total score of 332.60, while Hanyu finished fourth with a total score of 283.21. 

Yuzuru Hanyu to attempt historic quad axel in upcoming faceoff with gold medal frontrunner Nathan Chen

  • Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu and Team USA’s Nathan Chen are preparing to face off with their long-awaited free skate routines during the long program competition tomorrow.
  • Hanyu fumbled his quadruple Salchow in the men’s short program, which he blamed on a hole in the ice. He is preparing to attempt a quadruple axel, the most challenging jump in figure skating, in the long program competition.
  • Hanyu is currently a trending topic on Weibo, with many Chinese fans sending their love and support for the figure skater.
  • Chen, on the other hand, is already in the top position and one step closer to a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

Japanese “Ice Prince” Yuzuru Hanyu and the Olympic men’s short program winner Nathan Chen are preparing their routines for their most anticipated free skate event tomorrow. 

While 22-year-old Chen recently shattered Hanyu’s world record with a score of 113.97 in the men’s short program, Hanyu, 27, is gearing up for a quadruple axel attempt in the free skate program to make up for his slip-up in the short program. 

Battle of the Sixes: Surging Nathan Chen to face rival Yuzuru ‘Ice Prince’ Hanyu in bid for Olympic gold

Chen-Hanyu Rivalry
  • Team USA’s Nathan Chen and Japan’s “Ice Prince” Yuzuru Hanyu are set to face off for the second time at an Olympics during the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing next month.
  • Chen and Hanyu first competed against each other at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where the Japanese figure skater won gold while the American athlete landed in fifth place overall.
  • Both figure skaters have six national champion titles under their belts, making the upcoming head-to-head battle in Beijing the “Battle of the Sixes.”

The rivalry between American figure skater Nathan Chen and Japanese “Ice Prince” Yuzuru Hanyu is expected to reach its climax during the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics next month.

The athletes’ rivalry began at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang when Chen, who made his Olympic debut at 18, was anticipated to go head-to-head with Japan’s “Ice Prince.” However, the American skater fell short and finished at fifth place overall, yet still managed to bring home a bronze medal by virtue of a team event. Meanwhile, his competitor, Hanyu, bagged his second consecutive Olympic gold medal. He made history after becoming the second man to win back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics after Dick Button’s run in 1948 and 1952.