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2018 Japanese Olympic Pair Skate Routine to "Yuri on Ice!" ๐Ÿ˜

Saw this article on facebook and knew my fellow YOI fans would love it! Can't believe they actually did this, but so glad they did!


Didn't see a video included in the article, so looked it up:

Now I kinda want this recreated in anime form with Victor and Yuri lol!
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