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    retired after a life spent as record store clerk, university instructor, supermarket employee and bed and breakfast employee

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  1. Before everybody panics over today's results, remember Helsinki 2017. The situation is quite similar. Hopefully the results will be the same.
  2. POTO costume 2 is my absolute favorite of Yuzu's costumes. Even after Origin and Masquerade that costume still tops my list.
  3. For those worried about the short time between NHK and GPF you really shouldn't be. True, it's just two weeks but Yuzu's skated before with that short a lead-time. I think the one thing we should see is that Yuzu will be psyched up to take on Nathan, and unlike Worlds this year he's not dealing with any injury. If I were Nathan I'd be worried because an uninjured Yuzu is easily the number one men's skater on the planet. I can't remember the precise interview but I do remember that Yuzu said that after PC he was not particularly motivated, but now that he has a clear rival in Nathan his thirst for victory has increased markedly. The GPF won't be a cakewalk like SC and NHK were but I think what Johnny Weir said some years back that 'nobody can beat a perfect Yuzuru Hanyu' still applies.
  4. He'll be scored as accurately as possible simply because over half the audience will be Yuzu fans and the judges will be risking their lives (LOL) if they don't give Yuzu reasonable scores. Seriously, though, the judges will be on good behavior since Japanese nats this year will be a must-watch TV event. The King, after three years' absence, is returning and needs to have his throne ready for him.
  5. Looking at Yuzu's scores and comparing them to Nathan's, I can't think that anybody other than the Americans does not see Yuzu as the heavy favorite going into the GPF. Both of Yuzu's results were over 300 in the combined, whereas Nathan failed to top 300 in his competitions. Moreover, while Nathan's margins of victory were substantial, both of Yuzu's were essentially blowouts. If Yuzu maintains his momentum going through the season, this might be his greatest since his undefeated season of 2009/10, his last season as a Junior skater. What remains this season? GPF and then Japanese nationals, maybe 4CC and then worlds. What we are seeing this season is a consistent Yuzu, one who's truly mastered his programs and skates with the confidence that comes with that level of mastery. I think the GOAT is getting back into form.
  6. Something like that is almost already mostly finished. My feeling is that it will be aired upon Yuzu's retirement from competition. That way the story (at least that chapter of it) is complete.
  7. OK, here's to clarify something. When I talked about Yuzu going for a 4th men's gold I was speaking very hypothetically. I was just imagining how things would be if he indeed did so. I don't think it likely, in fact, I think it only barely possible. Yuzu, I think, has his own internal itinerary and that is the road map he's following, not road maps supplied by other individuals. This is his tenth year of senior level competition and if he achieves his 4A this year I seriously think he'll leave competition, saying the job was done. Then he'll head into ice show production. In the situations provided by his doing ice shows we will finally see Yuzuru Hanyu fully unleashed, skating programs that are the quintessence of what he thinks figure skating is about.
  8. Yes, it will be. If he wins four he will do what nobody has done. The 2026 games will be in two cities in northern Italy. All the stadium events will obviously be in Milan so that's where Yuzu 'will be heading. If he is there with three Olympic titles under his belt he will be by far the greatest story there, something like Michael Phelps' quest for eight golds in one Olympics was at the 2008 games in Beijing. In the past Yuzu's primary journalist following has been largely Japanese but this would make him the focus of journalists everywhere. Even the Americans will be paying close attention. If we thought the attention paid to Yuzu at PC and we can be sure there will be widespread interest if he goes to Beijing, in 2026 Milan Yuzu will be living and operating in the proverbial fishbowl. If he should win the gold the story will be front-page news (the general paper, not the sports section) everywhere. If there's any thought of him as GOAT any doubts will be erased. He will be the GOAT. It couldn't happen to a nicer person.
  9. I think that is part of why Plushy became such a Yuzu pusher. If you remember how he withdrew from Sochi at literally the last moment before the short program began. He boosted Yuzu to make his retirement more explicable. Later he became a genuine Yuzu fan, one of his most prominent.
  10. I really think the idea of a world tour for Yuzu is possible but only in the context of a full ice show. He has only a certain amount of stamina and he cannot skate for hours on end. He is, however, the only skater around now (or ever) who could package a full ice show and tour internationally with it, the only one who could get the financial support and the only one who could get the audience support. As far as other skaters in his show, they'll be lined up wanting to get in since they all know his drawing power, that when he's on the ticket a sell-out is assured. I and many others have said previously that Yuzu's skating after retirement will be in ice shows and going on the evidence of Continues with Wings, he's fully capable of putting together a show.
  11. I think they are recognizing that the GOAT might be back. If you look at how Yuzu was before his two skates you should see that he has that kind of calm confidence he had at the 2015 NHK and GPF, where he captured the record book and stood astride the world of figure skating, not just men's skating, as the most phenomenal skater in memory. I think he's seeing that this tenth season is the season in which he captures that Yuzu of late 2015. If that's the case, what we saw this weekend might just be warmup. NHK is next, and it would be fitting if in that contest and the GPF Yuzu once again takes total hold of the record book as he did in 2015. We are living in interesting times.
  12. For someone like Yuzu there is no great difference between ice and just plain terra firma. His talent lies in his ability to move, whether it be skating, diving, dancing, gymnastics. Had Yuzu been taller and begun training at the relatively same age he would have been a world class ballet dancer. Had his physique been more muscular, like Shoma's, he'd have made a great gymnast. Yuzu's ability to move and remember his moves qualifies him for any number of controlled movement activities. It's just that skating was lucky to be his choice for which all of us can be thankful.
  13. Yuzu as torch-bearer? He almost certainly will carry it at some point, most probably while it's passing through Sendai. Another time he might be carrying it would be in the opening ceremonies when the torch enters the stadium and is usually then passed to someone else to circle the field and then hand it to the one who will light the main torch. Unless he's competing this time, I think the most likely person to light the main torch will be Kohei Uchimura. If Kohei's competing then who might light the main torch is very much up in the air as far as my knowledge goes. A fitting symbolism might be made by having Yuzu be the one handing the torch to Kohei, a symbolism of winter handing the flame over to summer. I think, though, since the Tokyo games are much less than a year away we might want to open a thread for Tokyo. All in all I think we can count on there being some kind of role for Yuzu in the torch proceedings. He is by far the best known winter athlete from Japan, both in Japan and around the world and the videos of him carrying the torch will be the videos most foreign broadcasters likely would choose when doing a story on the movement of the torch through Japan.
  14. With the news about Eurosport I'm quite saddened. Even more than the videos I'll miss the commentary. Oh, well! We can at least realize that there will probably be many fancams of Yuzu in action so at least there will be that to watch.
  15. In some sense this is off topic but it ties into the topic I highlighted with a recent post (I won't say 'introduced' since it's been around in various ways for I don't know how long) that has come into focus since my very lengthy post yesterday. One person referred to the Boxing Day tsunami that killed nearly a quarter million people in various localities around the Indian Ocean. I was, of course, very mindful of that and watched numerous videos on that disaster. Much of the worst damage occurred on the island of Sumatra but in seeing those a very different picture emerges. The society we saw there was much less technologically advanced and much less economically wealthy. It was a 'developing' world society. In seeing those tsunami videos in Japan I was aware that what I was seeing here was a nation that was very technologically advanced and with a high standard of living. One of the most haunting sounds I noted was the drone of car horns as the waves inundated them and shorted out the horns. Also, the sight of all those cars floating about (I didn't realize modern cars are so waterproof) remains with me. In any case I was much more able to connect with the people there since they shared the same level of economic and technological development as I have here in the middle of the United States. The point was brought up that Indonesia and the other countries affected by the Boxing Day tsunamis was not at all prepared for them. There was no expectation of their possibility. Now they know but my understanding is that there has been no real efforts to prepare for the next one (there will be one though it won't probably be in the near future). Part of that is the matter of money. The other is cultural inertia. Such tsunamis are not part of the culture, unlike Japan, where they've been recording the time and place of individual tsunamis for many centuries. In the United States we can see examples of both of those situations. In the central US tornadoes are part of everyday culture. Every city and town has sirens to alert the populace of a tornado approaching. Everybody knows what to do when the sirens sound. There is no way to build walls to keep the tornadoes out but there are ways to protect oneself when a tornado is oncoming, the only one being to get to the lowest possible level and have something on top of you (a ceiling, a mattress, etc) to protect yourself from falling debris. When tornadoes are around the local TV and radio stations interrupt their normal proceedings to keep the populace informed. It is, in a way, a system of preparedness very similar to what the Japanese have in place. However, there is an example of the Indonesian situation to be found in the Pacific Northwest of the US. That part of the country faces a danger identical to that which produced the 3/11 disaster, the danger of a subduction quake of similar intensity to Japan's. Like Indonesia, though, such a quake was not thought possible until about thirty years ago and while some building codes have been toughened up and some thought has been given to how to handle such a disaster, but there has really been a lack of will and resources to do what needs to be done. Nobody is proposing building sea walls like the Japanese have done (the walls only failed because they had been designed for the tsunamis of a much less powerful quake than that which was actually experienced, thinking that was the most powerful quake possible). But there is in the northwest US no real sense of the possibility of such an earthquake, certainly nothing like the tornado consciousness to be found by those living in the American Midwest. Until an equivalent consciousness is achieved there will not be the targeting of resources to prepare for that earthquake. Which points out the political realities that every society faces when dealing with the potential for disaster. There's only so much money at hand and there are so many purposes demanding it. It's not until there is a sense amongst the general populace that it's necessary to put money into play for preparations for such a disaster that anything will get done. I think there are many parts of the world that could benefit by seeing the examples of Japan and the American Midwest. 3/11 was the disaster it was because the science on which the Japanese seawalls was constructed was faulty. Had it been correct, there would have been innumerable videos of the waves crashing against unyielding barriers and the towns behind them untouched. In the American Midwest the preparation is just as elaborate, although there concerned solely with the protection of life since there's no protection of property possible for the 300 mph winds of an F5 tornado (unless you build everything underground). It's only when the people as a whole know of the possibility of a natural catastrophe that anything will be done. If they ignore it, then they had better be ready for the body-counts that will result. Now, for me at least, it's time to get back to Yuzu.
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