Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, 19, put Japan in pole position in the inaugural competition at the Winter Games in Sochi, on Thursday.
Hanyu, 19, gave an electric performance to “Parisian Walkways” by Gary Moore in the men’s short programme after veteran 31-year-old Yevgeny Plushenko earlier gave a strong skate in his comeback to frenzied chants of “Zhenya” (his nickname) and “Russia”, the international press informs.
“Plushenko to me is a hero and it felt great just to take to the same ice as him. I gave it everything I had today,” said Hanyu, who opened with a quad toeloop and also hit a triple axel and triple lutz-triple toeloop combination.
Earlier Plushenko rolled back the years as he opened with a quad-triple toeloop combination, followed by a triple axel and a triple lutz in his skate to “Tango de Roxanne” from the “Moulin Rouge” soundtrack.
“It is very hard to come back especially for the Olympics,” admitted Plushenko. “It is hard to compete at home, but sometimes it helps. When I came on the ice, there, there and there, everywhere everybody was screaming and shouting. I was a bit shocked,” he admitted.
“The competition is just starting. Thursday for me is good.”
“I have already been at an Olympics and after 12 surgeries on my body that I can skate in a fourth Olympics is great,” he added.
Hanyu scored 97.98 points, while Plushenko scored 91.39.