Just a few weeks ago the rice queens of the world swooned in unbridled lust when Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu took to the ice in Sochi where he won the men’s figure skating gold medal. The 19-year-old’s Olympic skills and youthful appeal set hearts pitter-pattering across the world with a lot of that thumping resulting in fans reaching for the closest bottle of lube. While those with faulty gaydar questioned the sexuality of Jason Brown, fans of the men from the land of the rising sun instantly grasped the importance of not allowing speculation to get in the way of an object of their fantasy; Hanyu being young, cute, and Asian was all that mattered. Besides, when you are wondering is he or isn’t he, that he is a male figure skater pretty much settles that question. And if you are Spain’s equally dreamy skating hunk Javier Fernandez, your best bet is to take a page from Nike’s advertising campaign and Just Do Him.
While fans of Hanyu wait in eager anticipation for a few of his nude selfies to surface, Javier ha been keeping his eye on the prize. He may not have won a medal at Sochi, but still came out a winner by capturing a gold medal cutie’s heart. Yuzuru and Javier’s adorable bromance has since been melting the ice of rinks around the world. A hug here, a butt slap and warm embrace there, the pair’s obvious enjoyment in each other is evident both on and off the ice.
The two train together at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club in Canada, and both are coached by Olympic silver medallist and openly gay figure skater Brian Orser who too once set gay men’s hearts aflutter. Orser still does, if you are into bears. And considering Hanyu’s well-known fondness for Winnie the Pooh, that makes sense. But he chose to switch coaches and make the move to Canada last summer because of Javier (some claim it was because Fernandez was landing two quads in his program and Hanyu wanted to do the same, but one look at Javier’s prodigious talents in tights should easily convince you otherwise).
Fernandez, who already had a thing going with Orser in Toronto said Brain asked him first if it was okay if they made it a threesome. “He said, there is this young skater, he is going to come here,” says Fernandez. “Do you mind it? Do you have a problem?” Javier didn’t mind and was actually excited to have Yuzuru training with him. “I’ll never have a problem with that,” he says. “Yuzuru, he is such an energy boy. He can work and work and work.” Ah to be young and able to achieve those multiple orgasms again.
Orser says his boys have become great friends and inseparable training partners. “One day, Javi fell on something and he just lay there, as he does’” Orser fondly recalls. “And Yuzu skated over, stopped and extended his hand, helped dust him off, and away they went. That’s how they are.”
Hanyu is popular at the club both for his quiet friendliness and willingness to take to the ice with other skaters, even if Javier is his obvious favorite. Terry Nolan, assistant general manager of the club, said watching the two compete at Sochi was an emotional experience. “It tugged at our heartstrings,” he said. The pair’s bromance has been tugging at the heartstrings of fans ever since. They even have their own bromantically named hash tag #YuzuandJavi, and the all important name mash-up of Yuzuvier.
Hanyu and the 22-year-old Fernandez have a lot in common, which is always a plus in a budding relationship. Both got into skating because of their older sisters, both eventually moved to Canada from countries where their opportunities were limited; close in age, they don’t speak the same native language but they communicate beautifully, bonding over their shared passions, going to competitions together, training under the same older gay man.
Each morning in the locker room, Yuzuru greets Javier in Spanish and Javier greets Yuzuru in Japanese. It started as a mix-up and then it became a joke and then it became just another part of the life they share with each other. Hanyu likes the taste of Hola! in his mouth, and he likes hearing Javier stumbling over Osu! in return. But love conquers all. And Javi and Yuzu are the Olympic’s hottest couple. At least until that sex tape of Chris Mears and Tom Daley surfaces.
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