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At the 2009 World Junior Championships in February, Hanyu placed 11th in the short program with 58.18 points and 13th in his free skating with 103.59 points, giving him a total of 161.77 points to finish 12th overall.In the 2009–10 season, Hanyu won both of his Junior Grand Prix events, in Croatia and Poland, and finished as the top qualifier for the Junior Grand Prix Final.

He also became the first man to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals since Dick Button's back-to-back titles in 19.At the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International, Hanyu became the first skater in history to successfully land a quadruple loop in competition.At the 2010–11 Japan Championships, Hanyu was in second place after the short program, but faltered in the free skating and finished fourth overall.As the result, he was selected to compete at the 2011 Four Continents Championships, where he won the silver medal with a new personal best score.At the 2009–10 Japan Junior Championships, he won the short program and placed 2nd in the free skating to win the title overall.

This earned Hanyu an invitation to compete on the senior level at the 2009–10 Japan Championships.

Following his Junior Grand Prix event, Hanyu placed 4th in the short program with 57.25 points and 1st in his free skating with 124.92 points, giving him a total of 182.17 points to win the gold medal overall at the 2008–09 Japan Junior Championships.

He was the youngest male skater to win Japan Junior Championship, at the age of 13.

His parents wanted him to live a simple life, but be dignified, powerful and graceful.

He first competed nationally as a novice skater in the 2004–05 season; he skated at the 2004 Japan Novice Championships in the Novice B category, which is the lower of the two categories at the novice level, and won the gold medal in this competition.

Hanyu is the first Asian figure skater competing in men's singles to win the Olympic gold.