Winnie the Pooh is an inspiration to us, and it looks like we’re not alone. According to a New York Times article, a Pooh Bear doll sits rinkside as a good luck charm to men’s figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu—and good luck is exactly what Pooh brings! Hanyu has been internationally praised for his grace and elegance on ice by supporters, coaches, and colleagues alike, thanks to his perseverance and talent—and Pooh Bear. Here’s a glimpse of Hanyu’s remarkable moves on ice:Before each of his impressive routines, Hanyu takes a moment with his Pooh Bear doll, which doubles as a tissue dispenser. Sometimes he will bow to the Pooh Bear doll, shake his paw, or pat his head before gliding onto the ice.
And his fans are on board too! It is common to find them sprinkling the bleachers with yellow and red, wearing Pooh Bear ears, hats, and costumes. See if you can spot Pooh Bear in the audience:Fans have even showered the ice with Pooh Bear dolls at a competition to show support:Pooh’s optimism and adorable smile can calm nerves in any situation! We might not be performing complicated four-revolution jumps like Hanyu, but we might just start carrying around our own personal Pooh Bear doll to bring us luck.