The sequence of quads in his program was quad lutz, quad flip/double toe combination, another quad flip, quad toe/triple toe combination (which garnered 17.63 points), another quad toe and a quad salchow.
The Los Angeles-based skater scored 21.85 points below his season best to finish the short program poorly a week after stumbling through the same routine in the team event. He became the first skater to ever complete five quad jumps in Olympic competition, according to The New York Times; on his sixth he briefly put his hand on the ice, though he still completed the turn. In the stands, Browning, who was the first skater to land a certified quadruple jump in competition (at the 1988 world championships) could empathize with what Chen was feeling.
Hanyu, nursing a nagging ankle injury, was far from ideal in the free skate, but he still managed to win a back-to-back gold medal with a final score of 317.85.
On 11 March, 2011, the day the quake hit, Hanyu was practising at a skating rink in his hometown of Sendai, one of the cities worst impacted in the powerful tremor.
Chen's accomplishment also caught the attention of Hamilton himself, with Lin-Manuel Miranda congratulating him via Twitter. "And honestly, I am human, I make mistakes". Hanyu led all skaters coming into the second day of competition. The singles event was meant to be when he righted his 18-year-old ship. I think I've got much better jumps in me.
After two dominant performances in the short and long programs, Hanyu then embraced the Olympic spirit by inviting countryman Shoma Uno, the silver medalist, and Spain's Javier Fernandez, the bronze medalist, onto his podium.More news: Olympic streak over as Canada loses to Czechs in shootout
More news: Hezbollah says not to concede gas dispute with Israel, celebrates fallen jet
More news: Germany welcomes release of journalist in Turkey
By triumphing on Saturday, he became the first man since Dick Button in 1952 to defend the men's singles title. "It has been wonderful how he's been able to pull this off in such a short amount of time". He couldn't quit smiling at the end, and his legions of loyal fans threw hundreds of Winnie the Pooh bears onto the ice, his favorite cartoon character since he was a kid. But the country also celebrated the silver medal with Uno, who skated last to slip past Hanyu's training partner in Toronto, Fernandez. The Spaniard recalled repeated questions about Hanyu's status.
But Fernandez knew what his coach, Orser, did. Ledecka's last name bears a certain similarity to one very successful US summer Olympian, who didn't fail to notice the resemblance. He's barely over five feet tall but stood above almost an entire men's field that tried some 71 quad jumps the last two days, up from 17 just four years ago in Sochi. No fist pumps, no giant smile.
Mao Asada of Japan, who won silver in Vancouver 2010, had a similar experience in Sochi in 2014, following a awful short skate with a stellar free program that lifted her from far down the ranks up to sixth place and left her in tears.
Chen isn't sure what's next.