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Men's long program: Can anyone stop Yuzuru Hanyu?

Men's long program: Can anyone stop Yuzuru Hanyu?

Defending men's figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu took the lead for Japan after the short program at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday.

In fact, Chen was at a loss for what to do next.

"I thought I did everything right in terms of my general approach going into it", Chen said.

American Nathan Chen, the first skater to land five quadruple jumps in a single program, leads a talented and experienced field of worldwide skaters.

Nathan, who followed a flawless program by Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, fell out of his first jump and continued to fumble throughout his entire short skate. It dropped him to 17th place in the standings. What's my last memory I want to leave with people?

His loyal fans showered the ice with Winnie the Pooh after he finished his program.

And he told a press conference: "I've skated after Yuzu a handful of times". Hanyu could be the first man to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals since Button did so in 1948 and 1952. I made as many mistakes as I possibly could have.

His first jump was a quad, although it was changed to a salchow from the originally planned loop. Uno, just 20, is actually second in the world rankings behind Hanyu, just ahead of Fernandez and Chen.

A little bit lost in the cadre of uber-elites is Javier Fernandez, who also has trained for years in Toronto under Orser's tutelage.

Hanyu said he resumed jumping triple Axels less than a month ago and quads, which are considered crucial in a program to win an Olympic gold, only about two weeks ago. "I believe I did what I had to do". Today was a hard day.

Two-time US champion Nathan Chen, a pre-games favorite, missed on all his jumps, plummeting to 17th place with a tentative and passionless showing.

"I honestly have never been in this position before, so I don't really know exactly what to do", the 18-year-old skater said after the event.

Even before the men's short began, Olympian and silver medalist Paul Wylie questioned the fluidity and uncertainty of so much of today's Olympic athletes' schedules. "I am not a fan of the ultra fluidity of the planned program content", Wylie said.

"I always do this at all the competitions; I will present them to the local community in Pyeongchang and Gangneung", Hanyu said through an interpreter. I am not that strong physically - I easily catch a cold - but I was able to perform well thanks to support, and my will and desire to fulfill the expectations of my supporters. "I mean, I've trained the program, the moment, so many times, I trust in myself out there and I'm pretty pleased with how it went". "I want to show the performance that makes them feel it was worth the wait".

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