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  1. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    The exhibition idea is good but I would climax that with an auction of them with the proceeds going to the Reconstruction (whether IceRink Sendai or general efforts, the choice is their's to make). The thing is that Yuzu memorabilia can be potent generators of charitable funds and I'm surprised there has not been any (I could be mistaken here, though, so correct me if you know better) actions like that. There have been charity ice shows but not charity auctions, as far as I know.
  2. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    With all the talk about when one's in his prime I think one thing should be pointed out, going from the saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, I would have to say a skater is only as young as his knees and ankles. The rest of the body might be in great shape but we have to remember that a skater is really doing a lot more abuse to those joints than to any other part of his body, witness last season's disaster, which fortunately did have a happy ending.
  3. micaelis

    Junior Skaters of 2018/19 season

    Final listing is in and Stephen Gogolev did not make the cut for the JGPF but he is listed as the first of three substitutes so if any of the top six drop out Stephen's in. Good going for Canada's very young candidate to some day replace Patrick Chan.
  4. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    The ultimate could be Shoma nodding off in the middle of a jump and Yuzu having to rush out and catch him before he crashes. Of course we need a Yuzu with super-speed then but he's capable of so many other things super-speed should be a cinch.
  5. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Phantom of the Opera GPF 2014 Because in that particular performance Yuzu resurrected a season that up until then had been an unmitigated disaster. Had he not fallen late in his FS he would have broken the FS record (which he did anyways the next season, and twice, for that matter).
  6. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    As someone who has a serious interest in ballet extending back over half a century I agree that there is a tendency to call a skater 'balletic' simply if he or she has had some (usually minimal) ballet training. Actually, I would have to say that except for upper body and arm position it is very difficult to transfer ballet to ice, simply because skaters can glide and dancers can't. That simple difference means all the difference in the world. To me the attribute of 'balletic' is more appropriate if by that one means a close coordination between music and motion and a focus on the movement of all parts of the body in the choreography. If that is the case then 'balletic' would be an appropriate adjective even if the skater has had no formal ballet training. In short, figure skating is dancing on ice, dancing with its own particular aesthetic and the skaters who realize that are the ones who are usually well up in the PCS points. As far as why 'balletic' is the term most often used rather than associating figure skating with some other form of dance, I think it is because ballet is the one dance form most closely associated with aerial work and also a dance form with its own highly evolved and catalogued system of movements, just as in figure skating. In the end, though, one has to say that of all those skaters currently in the elite category Yuzu is the most balletic. His choreography is always the densest and most detailed of all the current crop of male skaters and it is reflected in his PCS numbers. Whether he has had ballet training (I'm not sure here) is irrelevant. The fact is that Yuzu is a skater who has mastered the aesthetic of ice skating and whether that is 'balletic' is also irrelevant. I'm reminded of a statement made by a young and super-gifted ballet dancer in a novel I've been working on when he declares his intention in his dancing - I want to make my body sing. Yuzu, by that standard, is the best vocalist around.
  7. micaelis

    When will Yuzu land 4A

    I'll make one prediction - If Yuzu lands a full-blown 4A in a competition (and he's the first to do so) he'll receive a standing ovation even while he's still skating (I just hope he can keep his focus right then).
  8. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Gold is meaningful but breaking records is not, not when right now there are no records to be broken since we're under a new scoring system. For this season and next, also, records are by and large irrelevant. You need a span of time for records to acquire real significance. This, season, for instance, every time a skater scores higher than any other so far this season, he is breaking a record. By Beijing time we can start talking about records with real significance and speculate on how long Yuzu will hold the record book with the new system (I genuinely expect him to dominate this record book in the same way he dominated the last one). As far as gold is concerned, I think that Yuzu's intentions are to start up again his string of GPF victories, recapture his Japanese championship, finally get gold at 4CC and then nail the season with a gold at Worlds. Whether those intentions are fulfilled is one of the great questions of this season since we all know that Yuzu generally skates so close to the edge that we can't assume he'll emerge unscathed. That's one of the reasons we so like him. We can NEVER assume he'll win even though the odds might seem overwhelmingly in his favor. Yuzu's biggest opponent is himself and generally when he's missed gold it's because he didn't skate clean while somebody else did.
  9. micaelis

    When will Yuzu land 4A

    Everybody seems to be missing this, and I know I've got this thing for him, but nobody seems to be looking at Yuzu's training mate, Stephen Gogolev, who according to Brian has all the six non-axel quads in his arsenal. If that is indeed the case I really do think he's in the 4A sweepstakes even though he's skating on the Junior level. At least right now, though, he's out of the running until JGPF since he's already skated his two GP qualifiers.
  10. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I think it's safe to assume that from his multiple sponsorship deals Yuzu is even now comfortably wealthy. He does not lead a life of lavish luxury so his daily expenses are probably fairly low. He's not a fashion freak so we can assume his closet is far from full. He does have his skating expenses but in comparison to his commercial income they are probably far from onerous. The one thing everyone here should realize is that Yuzu's worth as a public spokesman for product lines will not end with his retirement. Yuzu's position in Japan far transcends being simply a very successful figure skater. He is very much a role model for young Japanese and it would seem he devotes a considerable amount of time to public appearances in schools, senior centers and other such venues. In fact he is, at a very young age, acquiring the lineaments of an elder statesman (statesman without the elder part). I have to say that one of the things I've observed of the whole Yuzu phenomenon in Japan is that Yuzu commands much more than the adulation of his fans, and that even outside the figure-skating fandom Yuzu garners a great deal of just plain respect. There are many Japanese who are not figure-skating fans who still immensely respect Yuzu for being the responsible public figure that he is. It is that factor, more than any other, when joined with his athletic achievements that is responsible for his People's Honor Award. If Yuzu should continue living his life the way he now does Yuzu's commercial viability will probably continue well beyond his skating years.
  11. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Yuzu has a long history of recycling programs. Recycling gloves is quite believable.
  12. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    There's already been a bit of speculation on the topic but I thought I'd focus more intensely on the following question - With this very long interval between AIC and Helsinki what do you think Yuzu hopes to accomplish during these upcoming weeks? My feeling is that he wants to do stamina training since he said after AIC that he just wasn't up physically to handle his new programs. The other element, I think, is to work to insert whatever surprise aerial work into his programs and get them so he handles them confidently. I don't think he was planning on the stamina training but this last weekend was a wakeup call for him on that issue. The jumps he might debut I've a feeling were the major part of his plans for this long layover from competition.
  13. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I'm praying he stays healthy way beyond this season. If he does, just imagine what we'll see by the time Beijing rolls around!!!
  14. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Perhaps the biggest news that emerged out of the Autumn Classic was the revelation that Hanyu was practicing a quad toe loop/triple axel combination and appeared ready to insert it into his free skate. Though he did not execute it in the free skate, the mere fact that he contemplated it caused a buzz. Had the Sendai native pulled off the difficult combo, he would have been the first skater in history to achieve it in competition. [Jack Gallagher in an article in Ice Time (Japanese Times)] Nobody seems to have picked up on the above. The source here is reliable and I'm presuming he's not confusing this with Yuzu's very public pursuit of a 4A. So if this is true, does it mean that Nessie has some company and that the lake might be more crowded than assumed? What other tricks is Yuzu contemplating? Is there a quint coming down the line also?
  15. micaelis

    General Yuzuru Chat

    What he wants is a repeat of his 2009/10 season when, according to one commentator, he 'won everything in sight'.
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