Ten observations from the 2016-17 figure skating season

Japanese fans in Helsinki waved flags for not only their compatriots but their favorite skaters from many countries.  (Philip Hersh photo)

Japanese fans in Helsinki waved flags for not only their compatriots but their favorite skaters from many countries.  (Philip Hersh photo)

Here are 10 random observations about the figure skating season following its biggest event, the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki:

1. Yuzuru Hanyu can look erratic, both painfully and delightfully so.

Even with that, the Japanese star is exceptional enough to have achieved consistently brilliant results in the past four seasons.

Olympic gold. Two world titles. Two world silvers. An unmatched four straight Grand Prix Final victories by a singles skater. Highest scores ever in the short program and free skate, and over a competition. A fan base in his own country and across the world that, thanks to social media, may be the largest in the sport's history.

And imagine what his record would be had he not lost leads after the short program at the 2015 and 2016 World Championships.

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