Olympics: Stars Cheer on Nathan Chen During Historic Performance

Olympics: Stars Cheer on Nathan Chen During Historic Performance

Pyeongchang is 1,000 km away from Tokyo.

Japan is still celebrating the result of the men's figure skating from Day 9 at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. "I am overwhelmed", said Hanyu.

It was his comeback competition after an ankle injury in November. "But he masterfully showcased a great performance".

Chen admitted Saturday that he felt the pressure of the Olympic stage, though he had been denying it to everyone-including himself. But figure skating competitions are clearly the biggest attraction.

It looked like 80 to 90 percent of the 271-seat hall was occupied with female fans.

Hanyu said that somewhere in the back of his mind, he was hoping that Fernandez would become the Olympic champion.

Getting to this Olympics has been anything but easy for Yuzuru. "It probably required tons of work to realize that".

Hanyu's original Winnie the Pooh can't be with him on the ice this time because of Olympic sponsorship rules, Time reports.

He'll go home with his team bronze medal and recognition as one of the most famous members of Team USA.

Chen is a first-time Olympian who had fallen to 17th place overall after his short program Thursday. "I mean, he's now in that realm". His eyes burned with intensity as he took the ice, and the only blemishes on his program were two wobbly landings. Hanyu and Uno also finished first and second, respectively, at last year's world championships in Helsinki. The 20-year-old Uno scored higher points in the technical elements than Hanyu in the free skate.

"I think I have devoted myself to skating from the bottom of my heart, and I want to do that for a little longer".

Few know Hanyu's toughness better than Fernandez, who laughed at the idea that the Japanese superstar would not be at his best in Pyeongchang.

Meanwhile, Mie Shoda, 27, watched the post-competition ceremony with mixed emotions.

He moved into first after his free skate, but he continued to slide down the leaderboard until falling off the podium as the final skaters gave strong performances.

But just when Chen needed the performance of his life, he delivered.

There were glimpses of the Chan that earned him three world titles and an Olympic silver medal in 2014, best seen in his ability to glide across the ice and interpret music the way only he can.

"But at the same time, have fun and show everybody, who I am".

Messages of support for the gold medalist flooded Twitter. "I've been through so much, it would take me hours to say it all. Thanks for the performance full of Japanese spirit".

Sweden took silver, two seconds behind, while the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation came third to take the bronze, 43.3 seconds behind the winners.