- Yuzuru Hanyu won Japan's first gold at the Winter Games
- Japan "filled with happiness" over Hanyu's success
"The people are fascinated by his personality, his performance, and his charm," Yasuo Saito, vice president of the Japan Olympic Committee, told CNN Sport's Coy Wire.
The Japanese figure skater built on his stellar performance in the short program on Friday and got the second-highest score in the free skating event Saturday, despite missing two jumps.
Hanyu joins Sweden's Gillis Grafstrom (1920, 1924, 1928), Austria's Karl Schafer (1932 and 1936) and the USA's Dick Button (1948 and 1952) as the only men to win successive Olympic gold medals in this event.
He also becomes the third Japanese athlete to win gold at two different Olympic Winter Games, after Kenji Ogiwara and Takanori Kono in the Nordic combined team event in 1992 and 1994.
Akiko Tamura, from the Japanese Figure Skating Magazine, thinks that it's his confidence that really makes Hanyu stand out. It is "very impressive, and unusual -- especially as a Japanese skater," she says.
The audience at Saturday's event at the Gangneung Ice Arena was essentially a home crowd, full of fans waving Japanese flags.
People were cheering, praying and crying -- all for the 23-year-old Hanyu.
At the end of his routine, Winnie the Pooh toys
rained down on the ice, as Hanyu's supporters threw them from the stands -- knowing that the skater considers the A.A. Milne character a lucky charm.
Back in Japan, CNN's Tokyo producer Yoko Wakatsuki reported that Japanese social media was flooded with "tens of thousands of messages filled with screen grabs, old pics and illustrations of teddy bears", adding that the "nation is filled with happiness."
Even Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has caught the bug, taking to Twitter to congratulate him. Abe posted a photo
of him with Hanyu, writing: "Your wonderful performance grabbed our hearts."