Starting a new thread now that several articles in English have been published:
Associated Press: Despite success, Japan figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu says there is room for improvement
The Asahi Shimbun: Sochi Olympic champion Hanyu ready for more gold"I need to work hard," Hanyu said on Thursday at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. "I want to be successful next season and at the Olympics four years from now."
With that in mind, the 19-year-old Hanyu is trying to add more quad jumps and creativity to his routine.
Before he starts training for next season, he'll be honored at a parade in his hometown of Sendai on Saturday. The city was hard hit by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Agence France-Presse: Champion Hanyu braced for new rivals“I do not believe that my style has changed, or that the training methods are so different. What has changed is how I’ve been made more aware of what I am doing in my practices and just before I step on the ice in competitions.”
“I expect my physique to undergo a change by then,” said Hanyu, who is known for his slender form and general disinterest in food. “There will be new skaters ready to take their place in the Games, but I would not call them rivals. Figure skating is not a sport where you go up against other athletes. It is all about conquering yourself and keeping control. In that sense my biggest rival is me.”
Originally posted in the Japanese skating news thread in GSD:"It is difficult for me to talk about the disaster," Hanyu said, wearing the Olympic gold medal around his neck. "But this gold medal is a kind of symbol of hope or a symbol of everyone's support for me. I am really happy if this has become a symbol of our effort toward one goal."
Hanyu said he had yet to decide what kinds of quadruple jumps he would attempt in the run-up to the 2018 Olympics. But he has succeeded in nailing a quadruple loop in training and is working on his quadruple Lutz.