Guys, don’t worry. Yuzu’s got a long history of redeeming himself in the free skate- he’s been competing for a long time, and his mental state only gets stronger and more mature with experience and time.
Even if he doesn’t get gold, he is still very likely to make it onto the podium. If you take a look at his past competitions, you’ll see a trend. At Skate Canada International 2016, he was 4th after the short yet still managed to win silver overall; at SCI 2015, he was 6th after the short and silver overall. At Worlds 2012, he placed 7th in the short program, then went on to earn the bronze medal (with one of his most amazing, memorable performances to date, IMO). Just recently at 4CC 2017, he placed third in the short and then got a season’s best, breaking the 200 point barrier, to earn the silver.
The point is, we should all have faith in him. One less-than-ideal skate with a few mistakes doesn’t dictate the success of someone’s season or their career. Don’t forget, this is the Yuzuru Hanyu who won the Olympics and the World Championships at age 19, was the first man to break the 100, 200, and 300 point barriers, and has won 4 consecutive GPFs- and that’s only naming a few of his illustrious achievements. We, his fans, of all people, know better than anyone what a trooper and a fighter he is, and how he thrives under pressure. And above all, even if the judges decide to give him less-than-satisfactory points, that’s not what truly matters. As Yuzu himself has said, a score is just a score, whereas a performance is a performance, and something completely different altogether. Who else gets the crowds fired up like he does? Who else can skate with such finesse, passion, and prowess? He’s a brilliant performer, through and through, and that’s something that can’t be defined by any number of medals or awards.
So come on, fellow fans! Don’t let the doubts and worries get you down! The free skate is yet to come, and with it, another precious chance to see our genius at work! Let’s direct our most positive energies to him, spread plenty words of encouragement, and have faith in the man who has proven, time and time again, that he is worthy of being a champion!