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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.

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.