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Orser continues greatness and shows emotion as elite figure skating coach

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According to Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun on Friday, Japanese men's figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has a notable Canadian connection.

That is because Hanyu's coach is Canadian Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser of Belleville, Ontario. Hanyu also trains under Orser's direction at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.

This is not the first time Orser has coached a figure skater to Olympic gold. At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Orser was the coach of South Korean figure skating sensation Yuna Kim.

Orser needs to be highly praised as one of the greatest figure skating coaches in the world today, but in Buffery's story it showed an interesting human component of Orser. That is because when Orser hugged Chan, he said he felt "more emotion" for Chan than he did toward Hanyu, who became the first male figure skater from Japan to win an Olympic gold medal.

Orser can relate to the pressure Chan faced at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. That is because like Chan, Orser finished in second place when he had an entire nation of Canadians watching his every move. It will be interesting to see if Chan will compete this past season or if this will be his final year of competitive figure skating.



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