Japan's Hanyu repeats as gold medalist in figure skating

Staff collected the toys after Yuzuru Hanyu finished his routine

But one of Hanyu's strongest supports has been Spanish skater Javier Fernandez, who trains with him in Canada under coach Brian Orser and took bronze.

She finished tied for sixth place, and says her focus is now on the downhill.

Button, 88, live tweeting the event, sent words of encouragement to Chen just minutes before his free skate: "Hey Nathan Chen Beyonce fell off the stage at a concert and got right back up, so can you".

He took the Pyeongchang plaudits with a combined score of 317.85 to give him a cushion of nearly 11 points over 19-year-old Uno (306.90), with Fernandez (305.24) just behind. Only the three medalists topped 300 points in their combined scores.

The number of quads, skating's most hard jump, executed in the free skate final topped the 50-mark - something that would have astounded Button. Then he decided that he would try to spin around four times in the air during six jumps - and he pulled it off.

As Chen told NPR's Melissa Block, "Screw it". Zhou earned personal best scores in both segments of the competition for a new personal best overall total of 276.69 points. Showing a similar grit and determination to Hanyu, Uno turned the program around and delivered an emotional, committed performance to Puccini's "Turandot". His free skate included four quads and earned him 206.17 points - more than enough for a gold medal, when combined with the huge lead he brought into the second day.

Israel's Daniel Samohin competes in the men's single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, on February 17, 2018. "So this is what all I expected of myself, to commit to everything to put out two good performances", he said following his skate.

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Israel has never won a medal in the Winter Olympics, but has fielded more athletes in recent years, partly in thanks to an influx of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

But he still earned 10.07 points for that move, which is almost 3 points more than the maximum value he would have received for a well-executed triple jump.

"Definitely, there was a lot about redemption", Chen said. "Honestly, I just wanted to leave here satisfied with what I have done and I definitely am".

The 18-year-old Chen had succumbed to the pressure and massive expectations in the short program, a day earlier. By contrast, Hanyu scored 111.68, with an elegant and powerful skate that put to rest any doubts about his recovery from a recent injury. On his way to becoming the first man in 66 years to win back-to-back Olympic golds on Saturday, he overcame not only the typical battering of a skater's body but one of the world's worst natural disasters in his native Japan.

Hanyu's Sochi triumph had elevated him to cult status in Japan, and his exploits in South Korea will only serve to propel his standing even further. "But to skate like that, to have a successful performance means so much to me".

Bychenko finished with 172.88 points in ninth place, sneaking in one place above United States fan favorite Adam Rippon.

Adam Rippon doesn't do quads, but his presentation and dramatic flair earn him points.



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