Olympic figure skaters pay homage to anime 'Yuri on Ice'
Art imitates life or vice versa in the Olympic figure skating world
By Nicole Winchester, CBC Sports
It was the squee heard 'round the world.
During the pairs section in the team figure skating event, skating and anime fans alike were delighted to hear music from Yuri on Ice, a popular Japanese figure skating anime.
Japanese pairs skaters Ryuichi Kihara and Miu Suzaki skated their short program to main character Yuri Katsuki's free skate music in the pairs competition.
#JPN pairs skaters Ryuichi Kihara and Miu Suzaki skated to music from #figureskating anime #YuriOnIce.
What has been your most anime moment of the #olympics so far? #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/geF5fKutiy
Fans were hyped.
the japanese pairs figure skating team is skating to a song from yuri on ice so the #olympics announcers briefly had to talk about anime, what a time to be alive
The pair were even thanked by the anime's co-creator, Mitsurou Kubo.
振付をされた佐藤有香さんが須﨑・木原ペアのSPにYuri on Iceの曲を勧めたと記事で読みましたが、有香さんは何をキッカケでこの曲を知ったのかがすごく気になります…そしてこの曲を五輪に連れてって下さって本当にありがとうございます…！！
Skater Evgenia Medvedeva, an Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR), is a huge fan of the anime. She's been known to live tweet while she watches, she dressed up as Yuri Katsuki, and she's definitely a fan of fellow Russian, character Victor Nikiforov.
I'll take it. Pack him, please pic.twitter.com/riGHu0Iyj4
Medvedeva is a fan of other anime too, having performed a Sailor Moon routine with a transformation sequence, which has inspired some crossover fan art.
the world's best figure skater has cosplayed and choreographed entire routines to the sailor moon theme, why did I not know about this
Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines and American skater Adam Rippon also like to relax with some Yuri on Ice when they have some time off.
There's also a Canadian connection.
Although American skater Joe Johnson didn't make it to the Olympics, he paid homage to another 'JJ' at the U.S. championships — Jean-Jacques "JJ" Leroy, the fictional Canadian skater from the anime.
Did I just J.J. Style on network television? Perhaps pic.twitter.com/xHkQh0ao4Y
It's JJ style! The best fictional Canadian skater! pic.twitter.com/CPBP1niGUz
Lastly, did Yuzuru Hanyu and his Winnie the Pooh tissue box inspire the anime?
Coach Brian Orser is a common sight with Hanyu's good luck charm, and while Hanyu wasn't allowed to bring his tissue box to the Olympics due to sponsorship concerns, fans made sure he had a Winnie no matter what.
YoI has inspired me 2 dig up this pic of Brian Orser w Yuzuru Hanyu's lil Winnie the Pooh tissue box & for that we should all be grateful pic.twitter.com/EIIvjJjLBs
Hanyu's training partner, Spain's Javier Fernandez, even got himself a Mickey to match.
- they train under the same coach, brian orser
- yuzu has always had a pooh tissue box so javi got himself a mickey shaped one!
- g o a l s pic.twitter.com/9g2xHNwAjs
So, is coach Victor's tissue box, modelled on his beloved poodle Makkachin, based on the double-Olympic champion's Pooh Bear? It certainly looks familiar.
Viktor with his Makka tissue box is my favorite pic.twitter.com/ayi9VXNJ2M