Olympic Figure Skater Yuzuru Hanyu Brings Love For BTS To The Ice For A Heartwarming Reason

Star figure skaters gather for a touching tribute performance.

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu retired from competitive figure skating in 2022 at 27 years old, leaving an undeniable lasting impression on the sport with his artistic expression and high-level technical elements in each program.

Japanese Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu | @notte_2023/Twitter

In his time as a competitive skater, he set five world record scores and broke world records 19 times.

As memorable as his incredible skating is, he also earned praise and love for his humility and kind personality.

Yuzuru Hanyu (center) encouraging Javier Fernández (right) and Shoma Uno (left) to join him on the podium at the “2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics” | rurumiho/YouTube

As a legend himself, it’s only fitting that he’s also a fan of fellow record-breaking legends, and Yuzuru Hanyu has established himself as a certified ARMY for years.

In his 2021 documentary, Dream On Ice 2021, Hanyu expressed his love for BTS and hoped to incorporate their songs into his skating one day.

I am very into BTS now. If I put BTS into figure skating, how cool would it be?! I have been thinking a lot about that while watching.

— Yuzuru Hanyu, Dream On Ice 2021 interview

Hanyu specifically mentioned that he found Jimin‘s dancing beautiful and studied it to emulate the BTS member’s graceful movements on the ice.

Although Yuzuru Hanyu completed his competitive skating career, he’s still mesmerizing audiences on the ice.

He’s stayed busy with solo shows and preparations to join Stars On Ice Japan 2023.

Before joining the star-studded line-up of skaters for the Stars On Ice tour, Hanyu appeared in a new skating show called Notte Stellata, which was created in memory of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

The show was held as a way to bring hope to the affected region 12 years after the horrible tragedy.

Yuzuru Hanyu (left) and fellow “Notte Stellata” skaters honoring a moment of silence for the nearly 20,000 lives lost during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. | @Channn94/Twitter

Yuzuru Hanyu, whose hometown is within the Tōhoku region of Japan and was personally affected by the tragedy, produced the show to commemorate the day and bring people together.

For this reason, he chose to perform to BTS’s “Dynamite” alongside fellow skaters, including Suzuki Akiko, because it was a song that “brought a smile to many people around the world.

While he performed alongside three fellow skaters, Hanyu was seen on the monitor dancing to BTS’s hit song, showing that he not only made his dream of skating to BTS come true but also learned the dance.

Combining his interests, ARMY status, and passion for a heartwarming tribute, Yuzuru Hanyu continues to prove his genuine personality.

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