The Dallas Morning News
Yuzuru Hanyu made Olympic figure skating history with a strong — and expected — performance in the men’s free skate. In Gangneung, Hanyu became the first man to repeat as Olympic champion since Dick Button in 1952 after also winning in Sochi in 2014. He also won the 1,000th gold medal in Winter Games history. “This is the best day of my skating life,” Hanyu said. “My tears were from my heart. I can find one word and that is ‘happy.’” He held off Japanese teammate Shoma Uno and Spain’s Javier Fernandez for the victory. A gracious Hanyu told Fernandez that he wished they both could have won. “I told him, ‘Yes, Yuzu, but only one can be champion. Only one can have the gold medal,’” Fernandez said.