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Team Japan Yuzuru Hanyu Figure Skater Olympics 2018

Japan's Figure Skater Yuzuru Hanyu Is So Unbelievably Perfect, People Are Literally Crying

He may not have the diva flair of Adam Rippon, but he's being heralded as "Michael Jackson on ice" and "the greatest figure skater ever" (by The New York Times, at least) . . . some pretty hefty titles! But Yuzuru Hanyu has certainly earned them; Team Japan's skating star took to the ice tonight in a display of unreal perfection that we haven't seen before — and the crowd went absolutely nuts. Naturally, he earned the highest score of the night: a staggering 111.68.

The 23-year-old Olympian won gold in Sochi 2014, and is a World Champion twice over, but has had a rough road to Pyeongchang. An ankle injury — "Ligament, tendon and bone damage" — has had him incapacitated and off the ice for months. His return to the ice in South Korea has been triumphant to, say the least. Here's what the routine looked like at the Olympics short program (this is the same routine from a previous competition):

Yuzuru Hanyu - Chopin Ballade No.1 - FaOI Makuhari Day 3 from yuzufairy on Vimeo.

The crowd — and internet — freaked out in response to witnessing the glory that was Yuzuru's skating. Former skater (and now skating blogger) Jackie Wong told the New York Times, "People see Hanyu for the first time and they become hysterical or they're moved to tears. It's like their lives are complete. It's crazy." As for the rest of the internet . . .

Image Source: Getty / Aris Messinis
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