Yuzuru Hanyu walks away from the Beijing Olympics with no medal to show for his efforts, but by going big in pursuit of the unprecedented he should have no regrets.
After two falls in his men's free routine on Thursday, one on what would have been a historic Quad Axel and the other on his Quad Salchow,
Hanyu's eight-year gold medal defense ended with something of a whimper.
As he skated off the Capital Indoor Stadium rink with his customary flourish,
he turned, bent down, touched the ice and brought his hands to his face in what could have been an Olympic farewell.
"I have to think a little," was his response when asked about what the future holds. "Honestly, I did everything within my power here."
当被问及未来的打算时，他回答说：“我得仔细想一想 。说实话，在这里我尽了自己最大的努力 。”
Hanyu's inability to finally master the Quad Axel is certain to elicit an outpouring of grief from the legion of diehard fans
who follow his every move and show their support however they can, particularly online.
It became clear later the pain was also physical for Hanyu,
with people familiar with the situation saying he sprained his troublesome right ankle while practicing the jump on Wednesday
and was forced to skate a day later with the help of painkillers.
With his ankle concerns plaguing him, the two falls came at the start of his free program and left him playing a game of catch-up he would never win.
He ended with 283.21 points, just under 10 behind countryman Shoma Uno in bronze.
"Of course not making a mistake is important and I understand that's the only way to win but in a way, those two early mistakes completed my free skate program.
I tried really hard and I don't think I could've done more."