Country team jackets
Alright Yuri!! on Ice fandom, it has been brought to my attention that if so many of you think Yuuri was based on Yuzuru it’s because of his jacket
The thing though is that jacket isn’t “Yuuri’s” jacket. It’s the Team Japan jacket. Here you have Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno wearing it (the closest version of the one Yuuri wears in the last episode)
The Team Jacket changes pretty much every season, but ALL the japanese skaters who goes to international competition wears them.
You can see some variations :
It’s the same for other countries like Russia
Even if figure skating is an individual (or pair) sport, and there’s a mix of nationalities in some federations, skaters can still unite as teams (either to promote their sport or during special team competitions like the World Team Trophy or the Team Event at the Olympics).
The ISU (the international skating federation) thought making team events and competition would bring new people to the sport as well as raise some interest to it. I don’t know how successful it actually was but the team events are a blessing of fluff, tough competition, and skaters being the biggest dorks in the kiss and cry cheering for each other.
So you should definetely check the team events
(in that gif you can see 3 variations of the Team Japan jacket)