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A compilation of all the skater cameos in Yuri!!! on Ice:

These little shoutouts to the real figure skating world amused me greatly while watching the anime, so I’ve decided to mash them all into one post:

Yuzuru Hanyu - Sochi 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2014 World Champion, four time Grand Prix Final Champion (2013-16), two-time Four Continents silver medalist (2011, 2013), four time Japanese National Champion (2013-2016), current world record holder for highest short program, free skate, and combined score. 

Stephane Lambiel - two-time World Champion (2005–2006), the 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Champion (2005, 2007), and a nine-time Swiss national champion (2001–08, 2010).

Nobunari Oda -  2006 Four Continents Champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final medalist (silver in 2009 and 2010; bronze in 2006 and 2013), 2008 Japanese National Champion. Now works as a professional skater and TV commentator, and also specifically requested to appear on Yuri!!! on Ice (I’m still laughing, what a dork) 

Evgeni Plushenko - four-time Olympic Medalist (2006 gold, 2014 team gold, 2002 & 2010 silver), three time World Champion (2001, 2003, 2004), a seven-time European Champion (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012), a four-time Grand Prix Final Champion (1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05), and a ten-time Russian National Champion (1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2010, 2012–2013)

Florent Amodio - 2011 European Champion, a four-time French National champion (2010, 2013-2015), and the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion

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“I don’t know if that makes me believe in coincidence or fate or sheer blind luck, but it definitely makes me believe in something.” (insp.)

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Happy 35th Birthday, HRH Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge!

On 9 January 1982, the eldest child of Carole & Mike Middleton was born: Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. Catherine was born at Royal Berkshire Hospital and was christened on 20 June 1982 at St. Andrew’s Bretfield, Berkshire. Catherine attended the University of St. Andrews and graduated in 2005 with a degree in the History of Art. In 2011, she married Prince William and became HRH Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge. Together, TRH have two children: HRH Prince George of Cambridge (b. 2013) & HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (b. 2015). 

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“Stevie said, “Okay, just imagine a white horse in the garden…” And she spun a beautiful, dreamlike visual. Then the next day, she woke up and looked out her window and a big trailer was arriving with a white horse in it. She was ecstatic. (…) The place became a crazy house. Suddenly you couldn’t tell if it was a film set or the interior of Stevie’s mind.” 

 Dave Stewart, Sweet Dreams.