'Ice Prince' Hanyu defies injury to retain skate crown

Yuzuru Hanyu during the Men's Single Skating Short Program at Gangneung Ice Arena

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu has won the men's figure skating gold medal for the second straight Winter Olympics, but a skater who missed the medals has shone nearly as brightly on a dramatic night at Gangneung Ice Arena.

Hanyu is first men's skater to defend an Olympic gold in 66 years leaving behind Shoma Uno (Japan) who won silver and Javier Fernandez (Spain) who won bronze.

Aside from Hanyu's heroics, the free skate was marked by the first ever routine featuring six quads from American teenager Nathan Chen, who scored an Olympic record of 215.08.

The fact Chen won the free skate and failed to medal only underscored how terribly he skated in the short program Friday.

The 18-year-old Chen, a two-time US champion, succumbed to the pressure and massive expectations in Friday's short program. He touched down on a second quad flip but maintained his balance. "I was not prepared that I would be at this ceremony", Ledecka said of her surprise victory.

As always, Hanyu skated to raucous support from the crowd, with thousands of Japanese flags filling the stands.

"To come away from this Olympic Games to skate three clean programs in the midst of what seems like a lot going on, and a top-10 finish in the individual event and a bronze medal [in the team event], I think this is sort of like a dream Olympic Games for me", Rippon told the press later that day.

"After having such a disastrous short programme and being so low in the ranking than usually ever, allowed me to just completely forget about results", said Chen, after living up to his nickname, "Qaud King". No matter. He hit every element of a highly hard program with precision and grace. I was really happy that I was able to at least do what I did. Still, the crowds in Korea cheered Rippon's skate as he finished his last competitive event and openly shed tears of joy.

The 18-year-old was blunt when asked to assess his overall performance at the games.

In the "kiss and cry" corner he bowed again, this time to his coach Brian Orser as his score of 206.17 points came over the tannoy. And he returned to Gangneung Ice Arena to complete the statement he'd hoped to make in his Olympic debut at the Pyeongchang Games. "I wasn't especially anxious". Fourth is I think the worst position to be in in the Olympics. "I just chose to go for it".

The figure skater smoothly landed on five out of the six quadruple jumps and slipped the slipped while landing on another, he put his hand on the ice, but still rocked in all four rotations.

"Definitely, there was a lot about redemption", Chen said. "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 feel like I should be able to skate regardless of the time, regardless of the place.

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