Yuzuru Hanyu

Japan's Rising Son

Stephan Potopnyk
Yuzuru Hanyu

When Yuzuru Hanyu first hit the junior circuit during the 2008-09 season, he was barely a blip on the skating radar. Few had ever heard of him.

After winning the Japanese junior title Hanyu placed a distant 12th at Junior Worlds that year.

But the dynamic young man served notice when he claimed gold at every event he contested the following season, winning the Junior Grand Prix Final and running away with the 2010 World Junior title.

Another Japanese phenom was on the horizon.

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Originally published in October 2012