I 1st learned of Yuzuru from the livejournal ONTD skating site in 2010. Someone had posted a thread about men who did Biellmanns. I asked if there were any men who did layback Ina Bauers, which is my favorite skating move. Someone answered that there was a young Japanese man who did them & posted some videos. I liked everything about his skating & started taking an interest in Yuzuru from that point on. When I watched him on TV & saw Pooh, that really charmed me. I had tickets to the 2011 GPF in Quebec, & I was happy I'd get to see him in person. I was further charmed by the delightfully floppy way he fell during practices. I sat at the short end of the rink & got to see him do his Ina Bauer straight down the length of the ice toward me (he was really doing it toward Shizuka Arakawa, who was in the Japanese TV booth). Leaving the arena on the last night, I noticed the person walking by himself in front of me was pulling a wheeled suitcase with Pooh strapped to it! Yuzuru even gave autographs after practices at that pre-stardom time. But I was a fan & not a fanatic in those days, so I didn't freak out or bother him.
I was thrilled I got to see him break the SP record at 2012 Skate America (& do his "Hello, I Love You" Ex) & I was happy he won the Olympic gold, but I also liked other skaters. I went to Skate America 2014 & I was very impressed with Machida. Then, I went to the 2014 GPF in Barcelona. I was looking down at Yuzuru doing his spread eagle in the Chopin SP. I thought at that moment: Machida is a great artist, but Yuzuru is magic. Since then, what I say is: I respect all skaters; I like many skaters; I love some skaters; and then there's Yuzuru Hanyu.