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Hanyu wins historic gold, reputations melt in Sochi heat

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Yuzuru Hanyu became the youngest Olympic men's figure skating champion in 66 years when he won Japan's first ever title in the discipline on a day when Sochi temperatures soared and reputations crashed. 

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu celebrates after the Men's Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014

Hanyu, 19, took gold despite falling twice in the free skate, his performance aided by a world record short programme 24 hours earlier and the inability of rival, three-time world champion Patrick Chan to stay on his feet.

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