Yuzuru Hanyu

wins 4th consecutive
Grand Prix Final

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Hanyu works out in an open practice session on Dec. 7 in Marseille, France.

Hanyu makes adjustments during a workout on Dec. 7

Hanyu explains the English instructions to Shoma Uno before a drawing for ice times on Dec. 7.

Hanyu performs in the short program on Dec. 8. He finished the day in first place with the best score in the world this season.

Hanyu performs a quadruple loop in the short program on Dec. 8.

Hanyu skates in the short program on Dec. 8.

Hanyu emotes during his performance in the short program on Dec. 8.

Hanyu smiles after his routine as coach Brian Orser looks on.

Hanyu and coach Brian Orser react while watching the monitor in the kiss-and-cry area after the skater’s performance in the short program on Dec. 8.

Skaters wait to get their ice times for the free skate following their Dec. 8 performances in the short program. From left, Adam Rippon, Nathan Chen, Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno.

Hanyu draws on Dec. 8 for his turn in the free skate.

Hanyu warms up, making last-minute adjustments just before the free skate on Dec. 10.

Hanyu makes final adjustments while talking with coach Brian Orser during his final free-skate workout on Dec. 10.

Hanyu performs in the free skate on Dec. 10.

Hanyu puts everything into his free skate on Dec. 10.

Hanyu acknowledges the crowd’s cheers after completing his free skate on Dec. 10.

Hanyu smiles with his gold medal after winning a fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final.

Hanyu skates in the Dec. 11 exhibition.

Even in the Dec. 11 exhibition event, Hanyu excites the fans.

This trio entered to the hit song “PPAP.” From left, Shoma Uno, Satoko Miyahara and Yuzuru Hanyu.

Hanyu smiles as he stands front and center after the Dec. 11 exhibition event.

Special Off Shot
Happy Birthday, Yuzuru !

Hanyu arrived in Marseille, France, about 1½ hours behind schedule after inclement weather delayed his flight.

From the airport to the hotel — the date had changed by the time Hanyu arrived at his hotel on Dec. 7, when he turned 22.

Hanyu accepts a birthday gift from an event official at the venue where skaters drew for ice times for the short program.

Hanyu talks about his goals for the Grand Prix Final ahead of the meet.

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