Winter Olympics 2018: Figure skating or Tigger skating? Winnie the Pooh toys fill rink after Hanyu gold
Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu was showered with Winnie the Pooh toys following his victory in the men's singles on Saturday.
The Japanese skater is known for his association with the AA Milne character and usually keeps a box of tissues adorned with a Pooh toy at rinkside.
Olympic rules prevented Hanyu from bringing the honey-loving bear to Pyeongchang, but that hasn't stopped his fans from turning the Gangneung Ice Arena red and yellow in his honour this week.
Stuffed toys, Pooh costumes and hats were all on show in the stands for Hanyu's first performance on Friday, and the bears filled the rink once again after the 23-year-old clinched gold a day later.
Hanyu reportedly donates the stuffed bears - hurled in his direction after most performances - to local charities wherever he is competing.
Tigger skating?-- Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) February 17, 2018
The Olympic figure skating rink had to be cleared of Winnie the Pooh toys after Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu - a huge fan of the character - won gold in the men's singles today.#PyeongChang2018#WinterOlympicspic.twitter.com/PaJp8egeHF
By triumphing on Saturday, he became the first man since Dick Button in 1952 to defend the men's singles title.
Shoma Uno claimed silver and Javier Fernandez took bronze in what was the 1,000th medal event in Winter Olympics history.