Okay but can we just acknowledge that Victor Nikiforov is actually an Olympic figure skater?
Now, we all know that Victor is an amazing skater. However, he’s not just the one of the best in the figure skating world, but he’s also one of the top in the Olympic world. His jacket is a jacket for the Russian Olympic figure skating team. We know that to win major competitions as many times as Victor has is an extremely large achievement, but even to be considered a place on an Olympic team for anything is a huge fucking deal. Only the best of the best of the best can do this, and Victor Nikiforov fucking has.
Just think about how much he left behind to coach Katsuki Yuuri. Not only did he leave behind his status as five-time consecutive world champion and his own home, but he also left behind his status as a potential Olympic champion. Frankly, I don’t think I’d be able to leave behind the first two, let alone the third one. But Victor did. He gave it up because he saw his crush skating his routine and thought that maybe his feelings weren’t unrequited after all and that he should coach him. Victor fucking Nikiforov left behind everything he had achieved throughout his entire career as a successful figure skater, and even the fact that he was willing to do this is overwhelming.
Basically, I’m just implying that Victor was willing to give up the highest honour any sportsman could get just to coach the drunken Japanese boy he met at the Grand Prix banquet, and, if that’s not love, I don’t know what is.