A surprise bronze at the World Championships made an already steep ascent almost vertical for Yuzuru Hanyu. Even after he won Junior Worlds in 2010, most would not have predicted that he would be where he is right now.
Hanyu started his Grand Prix series this season with a world record short program at Skate America, and followed it up with an even better short at NHK Trophy, where he pocketed a second world record.
If you haven’t seen it already, it’s definitely *the* short program of the season so far. And – it’s no exaggeration – it’s one of the best short programs delivered in recent memory. The jumps were difficult and effortless; the skating was free and confident. This short shows just how talented of a jumper he is – so little preparation but perfect technique. The program feels like it goes by in about 30 seconds.
Oh right, he was all of 17 when he skated this program. He turned 18 last month and won his first Japanese title. How much more brilliance will we see from this guy?