Why fans threw Winnie the Pooh dolls at Olympic skater Yuzuru Hanyu


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There have been some rumors that Chen could attempt six quads in the long program. "I did all the right stuff coming into it".

He was spotted with one at Sochi in the 2014 Winter Games, but Olympic rules on branding mean Hanyu must leave Pooh in the locker room. Chen's teammate Adam Rippon, who does not perform some of the more hard jumps that Chen does, wasn't considered a true threat for a medal in the olympic skating men's event, but managed to endear himself to the world with his exuberant - and clean - skate.

Notes: "Everyone thinks that Karen Chen is my sister". We're breaking down the highlights so you won't miss the best parts. He's had a tough Olympics so far in PyeongChang. "Handsome edging in and out", tweeted the 88-year-old Button. James is a three-time Olympic medalist himself. "I want to turn that into a positive result", he said. I said that it's exactly like being a straight athlete.

Team USA had a mostly strong showing in the short program.

Zhou was distraught about finishing ninth at the global de France Grand Prix when falling on four quadruple jumps over two days.

Much of the build up to the men's figure skating event has focused on the United States pair of Adam Rippon and Nathan Chen.

The reigning world champion was playful with reporters. There was a look on Hanyu's face as he took his opening pose.

Chen and Hanyu have competed alongside each other before, and Chen has defeated Hanyu twice in the past year, including at the Rostelecom Cup, the first of the season's Grand Prix events, in October 2017.

Defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan has won the Olympic men's short program with a games-record 111.68 points. Vincent Zhou, the youngest US athlete at these Games, became the first skater to ever land a quad lutz at the Olympic Winter Games. Putting Hanyu in an ideal position to become, at age 23, the first skater to retain the crown olympic since American Dick Button in 1952. There were so many different possible candidates for the podium, but it's Hanyu's name that continues to ring out. He won the short program phase, but Japan ultimately finished fifth overall. He earned silver behind Nathan Chen at the Grand Prix Final in December by half a point.

Also in the medal mix are powerful jumper Jin Boyang of China and Kazakhstan's Denis Ten, the bronze medallist in Sochi. He was one of the most anticipated skaters of the evening, and unfortunately, he wasn't able to cleanly land his jumps and score the points needed. Then he did the same in the men's short program.

Buzz about Fernandez: Javier Fernandez is competing in his third Olympics.

Trying to handicap the Olympic men's field was a tough one. Japanese media have been reading into every stroke Hanyu makes on the ice, and dutifully reporting every move at the request of his legions of fans.

There is a bit of intrigue before the competition begins.

Aliev, 18, was second to Fernandez at the European championships, yet he was left out of the team event here. He's been surpassed in technical ability by teenagers throwing multiple quads, but he consistently receives high artistic marks.