Golds and Diamonds (Oikawa x Reader) (Olympics!AU)
Character: Oikawa Tooru
Notes: Inspired by China’s silver medalist diver, He Zi. It was so cute, I just had to make a fic about it!
C/N: Country Name
Y/N opened her eyes just as her head was submerged underwater.
No matter what pool she trained in, she would always be fascinated by the way the light was filtered under the water. It was calming, and it almost distracted her from what was happening at the moment.
She took a deep breath as she broke the surface, pushing away the strands of hair that stuck to her face. The crowd was cheering, and Y/N’s heart swelled with pride. She offered a big smile to the spectators before climbing out of the pool, eagerly watching the replay on the screen.
It was easy to forget that Y/N L/N was representing C/N for the Olympics. At age 23, she was one of the youngest to compete in the diving event, and as such, everyone had set ridiculously high expectations for her.
She would have cracked under the pressure, if not for a certain someone who was going through the same thing.
Oikawa Tooru, age 24, was one of Japan’s Olympic volleyball players. Unlike Y/N, it wasn’t his first time at the Olympics; in fact, this was the second time he was competing for Japan. His killer serve, as well as his ability to draw out the entirety of his teammates’ skills no matter what team he was on as a setter, were only two of the things that brought him onto the international stage.
Oikawa and Y/N had attended the same university in the United States, and developed a common means of communication through English. They’d started dating since then, despite the various competitions that both of them had to compete in.
They lasted through graduation, and up until today. All in all, they’d been together for five years.
All Y/N could think about was making those five years worthwhile and bring a medal home for Oikawa, knowing very well he’d bring her a trophy.
Y/N watched the replay of her, right as she had jumped off the diving board. She had made a couple of quick somersaults before cutting cleanly into the water. It was a neat and clean dive, a result of Y/N’s endless training.
But she started to panic. What if the judges wanted something flashier? Was the dive too boring for them? I knew I should have done another somersault before hitting the water, I had time to execute it. Or would I have flopped?
Her thoughts were interrupted by her coaches ushering her into the locker room.
“You were amazing!” Coach Danica shouted. “That was one of the best dives today! And this is the finals, Y/N - I think you have a chance to earn the gold!”
“What?” Y/N stammered, stunned by her normally critical coach screaming praises into her ear. “C-come on, Coach, it wasn’t anything special…”
“But it was clean, and you didn’t break any rules,” the coach said, shaking her back and forth. “Well done, Y/N. Very well done!”
Y/N broke into a huge smile, touched by her coach’s support.
Y/N’s heart crawled into her throat as soon as they announced the third place winner.
On camera, she looked calm and composed. But, good God, she felt like she was about to throw up.
I want this medal, she thought. But was I enough? Did I do everything I could to earn it?
They announced the silver medalist. Y/N’s spirits began to settle, and the familiar feeling of dread began to wash over her.
Ah, Y/N thought. Well, I’m not going to be the gold medalist. I guess there’s always next year…
“First place, with 358.25 points…”
She bit her lip, trying not to cry. Sorry, Tooru…
“Y/N L/N, from C/N!”
At the mention of her name, Y/N’s jaw dropped, almost comically. All she could do was look around in amazement and mutter “what” a dozen times over as she approached the block.
Tears sprang to her eyes as the judges placed the gold medal around her neck, and the smile that spread across her face as they posed for a picture was genuine and true.
“Y/N L/N,” the announcer said. “23 years old, from C/N. She has made history by being the first athlete to earn a gold medal on their first Olympic experience.”
The announcer’s words were drowned out by the sudden cheers that erupted around the stadium. Y/N looked around in confusion, wondering what on earth was going on.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” the announcer said. “It looks like we have a very special guest this afternoon!”
Y/N stood on her toes to look around. When her eyes landed on a familiar mop of brown hair, her heart stopped, and a surge of adrenaline coursed through her veins as if she was back on the diving board again.
“Japan’s elite volleyball player, who just recently won a game against Brazil and snatched the MVP award for the second time in a row, Oikawa Tooru!”
The stadium burst into applause as Oikawa came in view. Y/N could understand why he was a big deal; his good looks and accomplishments had girls drooling at his feet. It could be seen by the way he walked over to Y/N: his confidence stance and huge smile - a smile that was only for her.
As soon as he approached Y/N, she threw her arms around him. His arms wrapped around her figure, ignoring the fact that she was still slightly damp from her shower, and hugged her with enough force to lift her off her feet. The crowd went wild, flashing out their phones and cameras to capture the moment.
“Congratulations!” Y/N said, pressing her lips to Oikawa’s ear. “MVP again?”
“I wanted to bring an award to you,” Oikawa replied. “You were on my mind the whole game, Y/N; you’re the only award I’ll ever need.”
Y/N giggled, pulling away to show off her new medal. “Look!”
Oikawa grinned. “That’s amazing! A gold medal on your first Olympic match…you’ve made history!”
“It was for you, too,” Y/N said, smiling. “Thank you for standing by me.”
Oikawa flashed her a crooked smile. “No, thank you. You’ve kept me going all these years. You encouraged me to train, and train, and train, even though the coach gave difficult workouts and I couldn’t escape Iwa-chan’s nagging. You’ve supported my career, and you made our relationship work even though we spent most of our time competing in other places. Distance was never a hindrance for us - for you - and in those five years that we’ve been together, I now fully understand what you are to me. What I want you to be.”
If Y/N was anxious about winning the event, she was full on hyperventilating now as Oikawa got down on one knee, his hands never leaving hers. The crowd was in a frenzy now, screaming and clapping their hands. Through her tears, Y/N could see that the cameras had focused on the action, streaming it live through the screens that surrounded the stadium.
Y/N had never liked her face whenever she cried. But she couldn’t pull her hands away to cover her face, not when they were being held tight by Oikawa.
“Y/N L/N,” Oikawa began. His tone was still sweet and kind, but had an air of seriousness about him. The way he looked at her was like the way he watched the ball in the air - he was completely focused and serious about what he was about to do. But his eyes held so much love and adoration that Y/N almost shied away. There was no way that one person could care so much for another.
But Oikawa did. He didn’t need to say anything to tell Y/N just how much she meant to him, and the reality of it all sent a fresh batch of tears rolling down her cheeks.
“Y/N L/N,” he repeated. “I’ve been with you five years, and I want more. I never want to spend those years apart from you. I’ve never loved anyone the way I love you, and that love is all yours. All I ask of you is…”
Oikawa pulled away from Y/N, only to dig around in his sports jacket. He later pulled out a velvet blue box, much to the delight of the spectators.
His hands were trembling as he opened it, revealing a bright diamond ring sitting in plush, white cushions. It looked like it cost more than both of their life’s worth combined, and Y/N’s breath hitched in her throat.
“Y/N,” Oikawa said. His bottom lip trembled, and Y/N had to bite her own to keep her from sobbing. “I love you so much. Would you do me the extraordinary honor of marrying me and becoming my wife?”
As soon as the tears streamed down Oikawa’s face, Y/N threw herself into his arms, sobbing. When she was done, she pulled his face to hers and kissed him, repeatedly and passionately.
“Yes,” she said. “Yes, I will marry you. A thousand times, yes.”
The crowd was on its feet, cheering wildly as Oikawa slipped the ring onto Y/N’s finger, then standing up and pulling her in for a kiss.
Yes, Oikawa thought, as he hugged Y/N tightly. You are worth more than any medals or awards combined.
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Julius Yego, a Kenyan javelin thrower who learned the sport and techniques by watching YouTube videos. He competed in London Olympics and this year he won gold at 2015 World Championships. He is known as “Mr YouTube man”.
Liechtenstein and Haiti developed identical national flags independently of each other. No one realized until the two countries competed against each other in the 1936 Summer Olympics under the same flag.
Seriously though these guys are flipping ridiculous. They aren’t super-saiyaan powering up and shattering whole planets, but they’re shattering world records like they were cheap wine glasses at an Asgardian wedding.
While Victor may have been heavily influenced by Johnny
Weir, I think his Career Path is probably a lot closer to the modern top figure
skater in the world – Yuzuru Hanyu – who currently eclipses the competition.
Now I know a lot of people have been comparing YUURI to
Yuzuru, but Yuuri’s career is far from the absolute Rocket-ship that has been
Yuzuru’s career so far. And Victor’s rise to World’s Top Skater appears to be even BETTER than that.
Victor’s Medal Career:
Gold at Junior World Championships
5 consecutive Golds at the Grand Prix Finals (Yuzuru Hanyu
only has 4 – but if he wins this upcoming December, that’ll be 5, and the most
consecutive golds won at a grand prix final… ever. I mean he already holds that
title, but it’d be by 2 fucking golds. If you aren’t blown away by this guy,
you should be.)
5 consecutive Golds at the World Figure Skating
Championships (Yuzuru only has 1, and nobody’s ever gotten more than 3 in a row In recent history - so we’ll say after WW2, typically 3 is the most anyone gets in a row, with the exception of Scott Hamilton who is the only skater since 1945 to get 4 in a row. Total number of medals, if you count them even if they didn’t get them consecutively adds Kurt Browning with 4 and Alexei Yagudin with 4. Our boy Victor here, has 5. With potential to win a nonconsecutive 6 if he heads to Worlds in season 2.)
Gold at 2004 European Figure Skating Championships
However many golds he earned at the Russian Nationals every year from 1999 to present (If Kubo-san borrowed Evgeni Plushenko’s record, that would be an additional 10, with a silver in there for good luck)
At least 1 Olympic Gold medal (unofficially officially at
At least 2 time Olympian (Torino in 2006 and Sochi Winter
Olympics 2014) If Kubo-san’s pattern of putting Victor in Gold anywhere a
Russian took Gold holds though, then Victor is at least a 2 time Olympic Gold
Medalist - One at Torino, One at Salt Lake City 2002, with a silver in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics which would make him a 3 time Olympic athlete)
Golds we’ll never know about in his Junior days, but I’m sure were plentiful in his younger years because HE’S FRIKKING BANK.
Long-time World Record Free-Skate score holder, Likely World Record Short Program high score Holder, and I’m putting money on long-time world record combined high score holder.
THIS MOFO was pulling 300+ combined score in 2012.
Look at that leaderboard, okay. Chris and Victor have literally BLOWN the world record off the fricking charts. Just tossed it to the side like a sweaty sports towel, and the announcers aren’t screaming their lungs out like they should be. Yuzuru Hanyu, the current WORLDS TOP RANK SKATER was the first to bust 300, but that didn’t happen until 2015!
Psst - I would also like you to note that Yuri’s score at 6th place is right on par with the average TOP WORLD RANKED SKATERS today. Victor is so fricking extra.
Okay. Now that we’re all excited, remember that Victor has
been regularly pulling over 100 in his Short Program routines. So regularly, in
fact, that at the beginning of the series he is able to off-handedly suggest he
thought Yuuri would be able to get there, too. And Yuuri replied with a ‘casual’
“oh yeah because you do it all the time…” in all seriousness.
(Yuzuru wouldn’t start doing that until the 2014 Winter
Olympics. In fact… NOBODY was doing that until Yuzuru Hanyu was doing that. And
almost NOBODY is doing that to this very day, except Yuzuru Hanyu.)
Yuuri is getting there, with Victor’s help. His Grand Prix
Final Short program score of 106 would have been GROUND BREAKING in 2014.
Yuzuru Hanyu wouldn’t score that high until the 2015 NHK Trophy – and immediately
followed it up with a mind-boggling 110.56 at the 2016 World Figure Skating
Championships just March.
I want you to understand why I lost my literal shit when
Yuuri Squinted at the score in the GPF and they announced it at 106.
Yuzuru Hanyu has scored that high. In
fact, Yuzuru holds the top two spots in short program scores for all history
AND the top score in the free skate at over 200 (219.48 to be exact), which is
just as mind-blowing as a 106 SP Score.
Yuuri’s Record-breaking Free Skate score in the GPF is
221.58. Again – absolutely GROUND BREAKING. Yuzuru Hanyu would be the first to
break 200, and he did it with a 216.07 in the 2015 NHK Trophy, where he was
also the first skater to breach the 300 total score mark.
Yuuri’s Free-Skate score at the GPF is higher than any skater has ever
scored in the history of real life figure skating.
But before that, Victor
had held the world record Free-Skate score for a ‘long time’.
Yuzuru Hanyu’s world record combined total score is 330.43,
which he got in the 2015 Grand Prix Final. Yuuri isn’t quite there, but I imagine we’re
going to see our Ice Monsters completely obliterate that. Or at least match it,
during the next season. ** VICTOR ALREADYOBLITERATED IT**
You need to STOP boi.
He CRUSHED his Juniors. We don’t have anything official, except that we know he won gold at his last Junior Worlds because he goes hunting Victor to make good on a promise.
Then he turns around and in his Senior Debut snags two podium spots in the GPF Qualifiers and DESTROYS the world record at the Grand Prix Final. Held by none other than Victor Nikiforov until earlier that same day, when Yuuri CRUSHED IT.
With his world record GPF Score and Gold Medal at 15 FRICKING YEARS OLD, He’s already proving he’s the
next Bakemono no Aisu.. no .. we can do better than that.. YOUKAISU !!
((IF you aren’t watching Yuzuru Hanyu, you should be. Watch
for him in March/April at Worlds, Oct-Nov for the GPF Qualifiers, and very
probably in December for the Grand Prix Final. ))
***NOTE: OP is only a casual fan of Figure Skating and may have made mistakes - but did his best to research what he could to make sure he was gushing as close to the truth as he could manage.***
Watch Yuzuru Hanyu. Because if you want to see where Yurio is going to be next season, that’s where to look.
**Couple of edits, due to some feedback - namely the WFSC record for number of consecutive golds - I’d like to point out that people prior to WW2 were pulling in as many as 10 … but that was Ulrich Salchow who was a pioneer in the building of the sport to what it is today, so I’ve chosen to go with post WW2 as that is what we would consider ‘modern’ figure skating.**
** Thanks for the notes/messages you guys! I’m so stoked to see other casual fans willing to gush (and help) about IRL Skaters and records, and how fricking Extra our boys are.**
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