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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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Hey there, YOI fandom!

Are you interested in figure skating?

Would you like to find more amazing IRL figure skaters but don’t even know where to begin? Well, I might be able to help!

I am by no means an expert in figure skating, and I’ve personally only been a causal fan of figure skating since I saw Yuzuru Hanyu in the Sochi Olympics in 2014. But Yuri on Ice relit my interest in the sport and made me want to do some research on the current competitors in the Grand Prix series and I wanted to share some of my findings with you.

I’ll be linking a few videos that I think you might enjoy below and if you also have any personal favorites, feel free to reblog and share them with the rest of us so that we can all enjoy a variety of different skaters!

(Also this post won’t feature Yuzuru Hanyu because as much as I love him, I think everyone in this fandom already saw a video or two of him.)

Let’s start with Deniss Vasiļjevs (Latvia). Sounds familiar at all? It’s this boy

At 17 years of age, he is just making his Grand Prix debut at this year’s Rostelecom Cup and NHK Trophy. I am linking his Free Skate from 2016′s Rostelecom below, since it really is a thing of beauty. (His jumps and spins are top notch.)

And while we’re talking about Deniss, let’s talk about his coach!

Stéphane Lambiel (Switzerland) is a two-time Grand Prix Champion (and many more things, but let’s agree that you’ll check out his Wiki page if you want to know more), who retired in 2010 and moved onto a career as a choreographer and a coach, and is currently coaching Deniss.

But let me tell you the guy was awesome as a skater. Take this video for example. (Skating in a suit? Yes please.)

He’s a beautiful, beautiful man. (who posts selfies with Deniss on his Twitter all the time)

But alright, maybe let’s take a look at a woman for a change, shall we?

I think by now we all know Evgenia Medvedeva (Russia), the main representative of the YOI fandom in the figure skating world, don’t we? Friendly reminder that that cute fangirl is also a Grand Prix, European and World Champion and she achieved that in her debut year in the Senior division.

But let’s take a look at her in action. There’s a chance you’ve seen her Sailor Moon program, so let’s look at her recent performance at Skate Canada instead.

She’s beauty and she’s grace. Need I say more?

Now, YOI also encouraged me to look for skaters in my own country. Unfortunately my own country is Poland and we are notorious for… not having any figure skaters… BUT. I did find one! He is not necessarily perfect but he’s a reminder to look up the skaters in your own country because you might be surprised with what you might find.

Ryszard Gurtler is 17 and currently a competitor in the Junior Grand Prix, scoring some victories in smaller European competitions (he is also from my hometown and is actually a friend of a friend so what the hell, I might actually meet up with him!). I personally love his recent program from Ostrava, but you will most likely see the differences between this and the Senior ones you’ve seen above.

Alright, this post is getting long so I think I’ll end it here. Perhaps you’ve heard of all the skaters mentioned here but hopefully you got to see their beautiful programs and perhaps got motivated to do some of your own research, and that much will make me happier than anything!

Like I mentioned at the beginning, feel free to attach your favorite performances in the reblogs so that we can all experience a variety of different figure skaters from all around the world and perhaps discover our new favorites or people we want to support! ^^

Hope you enjoyed!

I think sports is very cruel. Those who made the most effort may not always leave the best results. However, those who don’t work hard certainly can not leave the best results.
In order to achieve the best results, Thank you for your support.I will continue to gratitude everyone who support me and would like to continue to pursue every day from now on.
—  Yuzuru Hanyu (this is from his speech after winning OGM in 2014, still 19 years old here) [x]

At a relatively young age, Jonathan Toews already possessed an incredible shrinking bucket list. And at age 28, the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks was voted among the 100 Greatest NHL Players – quite the accomplishment for the all-purpose center.

But a look at his resume explains why:

Toews won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

He earned a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In 2010, at age 22, he became the second-youngest player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. He had 29 points in 22 games.

In 2013, he was awarded the Selke Trophy, given to the NHL’s best defensive forward.

In 2015, he won the Mark Messier Leadership Award recognizing contributions to one’s team and community.

Prior to all of this, Toews was named captain of the Blackhawks on July 18, 2008, before his second season. He had played 64 NHL games. No player in League annals had been named captain faster.

Really now, what is left for this special talent?

“More Stanley Cups,” Toews said, matter-of-factly. “Winning is addictive.”

Entering the 2006 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks were in dire need of new blood and a new direction. They had qualified for the playoffs once since 1997, making an abrupt five-game exit in 2002, and fan interest had dipped precipitously throughout an Original Six market. In the words of no less an authority than chairman Rocky Wirtz, “We had become irrelevant.”

The Blackhawks could not afford to miss on the No. 3 pick. They knew of Toews’ decorated amateur career, first at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota, then at the University of North Dakota. They probably anticipated that his pedigree – in 2007 he would become the first Canadian to win gold at the World Junior Championship and World Championship in the same year, and did it as a second-year collegian – would bode well for his evolution as a professional on hockey’s greatest stage, the NHL. They might even have heard the story about how, when Jonathan was a tyke, he made a promise.

“He told me he was not only going to make it in the NHL,” said his father, Bryan. “He told me he was going to make it big and buy me a new truck.”

The Blackhawks did not miss. They studied the person and the statistics, but there was no guarantee that Jonathan Toews would point the franchise toward a golden era with his excellence and maturity. He made a quick impression, scoring on his first shot with the Blackhawks, against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 10, 2007, and got a point in each of his first 10 games, then the second-best streak by any player to start an NHL career. Toews had 24 goals and 30 assists in 2007-08, his rookie season in Chicago, but it was more than that. It was his presence, the example he set, on the ice, in the locker room, on the bus.

“If I hadn’t seen Jonathan being born,” said his mother, Andree Gilbert, “I would swear he’s older.”

Teammates didn’t need to hear that parental praise. They merely observed the businesslike manner in which Toews prepared for his job and applied himself. Patrick Sharp, who won three Cup championships with Toews, called him “Mr. Serious.” Then Brent Seabrook, also fitted for three championship rings with the Blackhawks, acknowledged that Toews bore all the trappings and intangibles of a captain. So Seabrook updated the nickname to “Capt. Serious” and it caught on. Toews never warmed to it, but deduced correctly that the more he would debate the merits of such a label, the more serious he would seem.

“It stuck, I guess,” said Toews. “As far as leaders go, well, I happen to think we’ve had a lot of them on this team as we’ve learned how to win. It’s an honor to be captain of this team. But the ‘Serious’ part, I don’t know about that. It’s not like I never laugh.”

But Toews never takes a night off, and when your captain operates in such a way that every shift matters, the effort is contagious. Toews has the ability to be among the most productive players in the League, but his unselfishness and devotion to duty when opponents have the puck are paramount. When it’s about risk versus reward, Toews opts for the grunt work. He has what it takes to score 40 goals, but did not exceed 34 through nine full seasons. During that period, he had a rating of plus-187.

“All Jonathan Toews does is make everybody he plays with better,” Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. Before he took over in Toronto, Babcock saw plenty of Toews as coach of the Detroit Red Wings, bitter rivals of the Blackhawks. Babcock also coached him with Canada in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics. It is noteworthy that, for the latter, Sidney Crosby was appointed captain. But before he accepted, Crosby sought to determine whether Toews would be at peace with the designation. Such is the degree of respect bestowed on Toews, who gladly served as an alternate.

For his play with the Blackhawks, Toews has received lavish praise from coach Joel Quenneville as the perfect link between management and labor.

“It makes it a lot easier to do what I do when you have No. 19 in the locker room,” Quenneville said. “You can’t teach what ‘Tazer’ brings to the table. When your best players go about their way like he does, it affects everybody else. Johnny is zero maintenance.”

Whereas Toews stands out for exemplary defensive and faceoff numbers, he is renowned for taking over a game when required. He is especially noticeable in the spring, as a clutch performer in playoffs. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, he had already amassed 10 game-winning playoff goals, second only in franchise history to a contemporary icon Patrick Kane’s 11. Through his first nine seasons, of Toews’ 251 goals, 51 were game-winners – third most in franchise history.

“Jonathan brings it every night,” said Scotty Bowman, a Hockey Hall of Fame coach and the Blackhawks senior adviser to hockey operations. “It’s one thing to have ability, but another to compete. You are not going to outcompete Toews. He plays in all situations. Power play, penalty kill, 5-on-5.

“He’s a big guy. You see him out of uniform. He’s strong and thick. But again, it’s another thing to use the body the way he uses it. He takes it to all the tough areas and makes sacrifices. He plays the entire rink. He’s got everybody’s respect, his own guys, guys throughout the league, coaches and general managers. He never causes problems and is a tremendous representative for the Blackhawks, the League and hockey. He carries himself well, speaks well. He even speaks French. He’s got it all.”

In Chicago, a city that has enjoyed its share of sports legends, Toews quickly became among the most admired and popular athletes ever. He dedicated countless hours and support to local causes, including The Kitchen Community, which builds learning gardens in Chicago to connect children with real food, increase academic achievement and encourage civic engagement.

In his native Winnipeg, Manitoba, where there is a lake named after him, Toews donated $1 million to the Dakota Community Centre, a facility that includes the 95,000 square foot Jonathan Toews Sportsplex, housing two indoor rinks, a gymnasium, nursery school, skate shop and strength training area.

For a big-name NHL player, Toews is not pretentious; when he brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown in 2010, he took a public bus to the parade.

“My parents have instilled in me the importance of giving back,” said Toews, captain during the most successful era in Blackhawks history. As a 20-something, he achieved iconic stature with the franchise, as did Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, both of whom have monuments erected beside United Center.

Jonathan Toews is a statue waiting to happen.

—  Jonathan Toews: 100 Greatest NHL Players (Captained Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup titles, won Conn Smythe Trophy in 2010)
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Christmas Special: Throwback Thursday Wednesday ||  Yuzuru’s Olympic Free Skate

We received sad news that Yuzuru has withdrawn from this year’s Japanese nationals due to influenza and pharyngitis. He needs one more week to recover. We’re glad Yuzuru prioritised his health and wish him a speedy recovery~ Meanwhile, to cheer the fandom up, we have decided to hold an early Throwback Thursday. <3

Decked out in white frills and bejewelled in red and green gemstones, Yuzuru Hanyu won the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Although it was not Christmas at the material time, his outfit had all the right colours. Best Christmas present ever, too. (Requested by @fragilesquire)

Bonus: 

This is Pernell Karl Subban. PK Subban. PK Superman. The Only Ray of Light™ in this dark world. #76 Defenseman (dman, d) for the Nashville Predators. He is 6'0" and 27 years old. He has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. His brothers also play hockey; Malcolm is the middle brother and is a goalie prospect for the Boston Bruins, and Jordan is the youngest brother and a forward prospect for the Vancouver Canucks. His sister’s names are Nastassia and Natasha. He is Canadian born and bred, but his mom and dad are immigrants - both coming from the Caribbean (mom = Montserrat; dad = Jamaica).

He has played for Team Canada in 3 international tournaments - winning gold with them in all three (2 World Juniors and the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014). He is one of the top scoring defensemen in the League.

He was drafted 43rd overall to the Montreal Canadiens (the Habs) and has won the League’s top defensive trophy while there - James Norris Memorial Trophy aka the Norris. While in Montreal, this literal embodiment of human sunshine became the most charitable athlete in all of Canadian history as he donated $10 Million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. (fun fact: that’s more than he makes in a year. I love him bye.) He would go to the hospital during his down time just to spend time with the kids and he did so much for them. He became the spokesperson for the Children’s Hospital and went out of his way to learn French so that he could better cater to the language of the Montreal community. His BFF is Carey Price the goalie for the Canadiens and they are know for their shenanigans and general cuteness.

On June 29, 2016, the entire hockey world was rocked when Montreal traded PK to Nashville for the Preds’ captain and franchise face, Shea Weber (who had been there for 10 years). PK had been with the Habs for 6 years and was almost eligible for a no-trade clause. But the Habs management sucks and doesn’t appreciate anything. Aka they’re super racist and have backwards principles so I pray for Shea and the whole other two players I like on the Habs. They said that PK had “a character problem”. Like okay that sounds REAL fake but okay. PK has been super grateful and loving towards Nashville and the people and has been incredibly salty toward Montreal management. Like he learned another language to reach your people and you’re gonna trade him?? Bye Michel.

His interviews after the trade literally breathe life into me because he’s like “with Nashville I feel closer to winning the Cup than I ever did in Montreal” and other salty and petty ass things like that that also shows that he is super loving toward Nashville. Also recently EA Sports did a simulation of NHL 17 and had the Preds winning the Cup in Montreal which PK loved. He’s already made friends in Nashville with the Preds players because of course he’s literally the best - mainly Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, James Neal, Ryan Johansen, and Pekka Rinne (😍).

He also watches his nieces and nephews a lot and posts pics on Instagram. It’s really cute. So PK is known for his flare and fashion. Kelsie said that his fashion is “sometimes suspect”. I like it - most of the time. He recently designed his own line of suits too. One time he said he wishes that Houston was in talks for NHL expansion because that’s where Beyoncé is from and he loves her.

On October 14, 2016, PK played his first regular season game with the Nashville Predators at their home season opener against the Shitcago Trashhawks. He opened up scoring for the Preds 7 minutes and 46 seconds into the game with a slapshot from the blue line (almost half ice). Also being a hero, our beloved ray of sunshine punched Rapist and Trash Extraordinaire™ Patrick Kane 13 minutes and 37 seconds in the 3rd period of the game. PK Subban is the hero we need and love.

His signature goal celly is the kneeling thingy [seen in a pic I sent them], and his signature thing is him pointing to the sky because “Glory to God” (he’s perfect, fight me). He is truly iconic and one of the best in the game. I love him a lot and so should you.

Some ‘Yuuri plays video games’ headcanons
  • Nintendo trash
  • Can name at least fifty Pokemon on the spot
  • Made him and Viktor on the sims once for maybe ten minutes before getting embarrassed and uninstalling the game so no evidence was left behind
  • Incredibly skilled fingers thanks to button mashing
  • Team Mystic because he likes the colour blue
  • Had Nintendogs as a kid, all of which were named after his crushes at the time, probably
  • Absolute master at Cooking Mama
  • Also totally had (what’s called where I’m from) Imagine: Figure Skater, I hear in Japan it’s called KuruKuru Princess (you should really look it up this game was the bomb)
  • Got introduced to first person shooters in America, works incredibly well with Phichit
  • Upon moving in with Viktor, the only thing he ever insists on buying is a Wii 
  • There are countless times where Viktor has woken up at 3am to find Yuuri glued to the TV because someone broke his Mario Kart world record time on Rainbow Road 
  • They own Mario and Sonic at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and sometimes host game nights for the Russian skating team 
  • Yuuri and Viktor are great at the pair skating (even if Viktor gets too into the death spirals and runs cricles around Yuuri in their living room)
  • Viktor also owned the official Sochi video game (which doesnt exist in real life but) because he’s actually in it as a character, however Yuuri can kick his ass at it considering he’s not as skilled as you might think with a wii remote
  • Probably played The Last Of Us and cried 
  • Surprisingly un-phased by horror games such as Slender and FNAF etc.(whereas Viktor cant even be in the same room if he’s playing it) 

Bonus
One time Yuuri thought Viktor was going to be out longer so he was playing Just Dance, and didn’t notice when Viktor arrived mid-way through Rasputin. I’m talking Yuuri giving this routine his total dedication, only noticing Viktor when the music dies down and the older man begins to clap. 

“But Yuuri~! I’m glad you’re appreciating Russian culture!”

Yuuri becomes somewhat less embarrassed until Viktor starts referring to him as ‘Russia’s Greatest Love Machine’