PYEONGCHANG -- Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu finished in first place after a record performance in the men’s short program Friday.

The defending Olympic champion scored 111.68, the second-highest ever recorded -- trailing a score he earned earlier this season.

His loyal fans showered the ice with Winnie the Pooh dolls after he finished.

"I'm satisfied with today's performance but you know we have one more performance tomorrow so I'm really preparing for that."

Watch the 'Pooh' moment HERE.


According to the Washington Post, Winnie the Pooh “is kind of Hanyu’s thing” and “his association with the doll took on a life of its own.”

American Nathan Chen, a favorite to win an individual medal at these Olympics had a disappointing performance that put him in 17th place, effectively eliminating his medal chances.

Watch Chen's performance HERE.

Chen and Hanyu will return to the ice Saturday for the men’s free skate, which is their final event of the 2018 Winter Olympics.