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Figure skating: Yuzuru Hanyu named Most Valuable Skater at 1st ISU Awards

Two-time protecting Olympic figure skating champ Yuzuru Hanyu was named Most Valuable Skater for the 2019-2020 period in the inaugural ISU Skating Awards held online Saturday.

The 25-year-old Japanese celebrity was up versus fellow males’s songs rival Nathan Chen of the United States, and also French ice dancing group Gabriella Papadakis and also Guillaume Cizeron.

“In almost every moment of daily life, I’m constantly thinking of figure skating and I’m always hoping to become better and stronger,” Hanyu claimed throughout the electronic event.

“I spend every day trying to become better at something to be able to do what I couldn’t do the day before.”

Hanyu took gold at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in February, uploading a record-breaking rating in the males’s brief program. He caught extra titles at the NHK Trophy and also Skate Canada this period, and also ended up runner-up to Chen at the ISU Grand Prix Final in December.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, recognizes the group after carrying out in the gala event of the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2020. He won the males’s occasion. (Kyodo)

Hanyu was likewise chosen in the most effective outfit group for his “origin” clothing put on throughout the last fifty percent of the period, however lost to ice dancing set Madison Chock and also Evan Bates of the United States.

The honor for ideal novice was won by Russian young adult Alena Kostornaia that dominated in the ladies’s songs at 2019-2020 Grand Prix Final.

Six previous figure skating champs, consisting of Japanese two-time globe champ Miki Ando, made up the panel that made the decision on honor victors.

The inaugural event covering 7 classifications was initially arranged to be kept in March, however was postponed after the globe champions in Montreal were terminated the very same month because of coronavirus episode.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan does In the males’s Free Skating throughout day 2 of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy at Makomanai Ice Arena on Nov. 23, 2019 in Sapporo, Japan. (ISU/Getty/Kyodo)

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