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  1. General Yuzuru chat

    In the ice shows Yuzu is always introduced last. I guess they're taking the hint from the ice shows and saving the best for last.
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    Except he doesn't know how to swim.
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    I like that one but I like the one from Phantom even better. Particularly at the 2014 GPF he entered into it with a sustained note from the orchestra and right after he'd taken a tumble while attempting a triple lutz. What it did for those watching it was let everyone know that the fall had not derailed him. The timing was perfect and he finished the skate triumphantly with a near free skate record and a win of the GPF (remember, this was the season of the collision) by more than 30 points. Yuzu salvaged the season with that skate and the Ina Bauer could not have been better placed to make the point. I like that one but I like the one from Phantom even better. Particularly at the 2014 GPF he entered into it with a sustained note from the orchestra and right after he'd taken a tumble while attempting a triple lutz. What it did for those watching it was let everyone know that the fall had not derailed him. The timing was perfect and he finished the skate triumphantly with a near free skate record and a win of the GPF (remember, this was the season of the collision) by more than 30 points. Yuzu salvaged the season with that skate and the Ina Bauer could not have been better placed to make the point.
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    It's a good thing he's a figure skater and not a speed skater. They'd be having to give some of the old medals back.
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    Am I reading too much into it? It seems to me that Yuzu now and in the past has been shepherding Shoma when it comes to public ceremonies or media conferences. While I know no Japanese and so can't go on what is being said, watching Shoma's body language makes me feel that he is quite shy and only on the ice does he open up and that's during his performances. I remember an early incident when in a photo-op Yuzu reached behind Shoma and pinched Shoma's cheek to make him smile. And then there's the now infamous scene of the World Champion on hands and knees and so out of sight, crawling behind the World Silver Medalist in order not to distract the reporters who should be concentrating on Shoma. A number of other incidents over the years have me thinking that Yuzu has taken pains to help Shoma deal with highly 'public' occasions. Yuzu, of course, is now an old hand with dealing with the media, but even in his early days he handled things skillfully, particularly when Japanese was the operative language. I think, in fact, he's quite a bit more outgoing and certainly willing to express emotion (jumping up and down when winning, crying when REALLY winning). I think Yuzu feels a bit protective towards Shoma, acting like an older brother. Of course, I could be imagining all this.
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    I don't know if anybody has already put this documentary on the planet yet, but this is a documentary everybody should see. It's 45 minutes long and subtitled in English. It's dated for January this year so it ends on a note of hope after Yuzu's gotten back on the ice following the 'fall seen 'round the world'. Enjoy!
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    This might be off-topic for this thread but it needs to be said - Nathan is not the only master of the quads around. Nathan's got a major threat up and coming, that thirteen year old Brian's training who, according to Brian, does all the quads currently being done. If the kid is doing quads now I can see him doing quints somewhere down the road (after the authorities set a base value for them).
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    Like everyone else here I've been speculating privately about what's next for Yuzu. The remark here about wanting to get a fifth GPF win (which nobody has done) is perceptive. Another remark I read earlier brings up the fact that 4CC remains as the only competition of the four major competition he doesn't have gold in. Plus I have a feeling he'd like to put another Japanese championship under his belt. In thinking about it I am wondering if he might use next season to tie up a lot of loose ends. Ideally he should come out of next season as GPF champion, Japanese champion 4CC champion and World Champion. Add that to current Olympic champion and he could end that season holding every major gold available. It wouldn't hurt if he actually went through the season undefeated, with gold in both of the GP series events and a gold in whatever Challenger competition he skates in. If he retires from a season like that there would be almost no one who could deny him, at least for this point in history, as the Greatest of All Time.
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    Being American I have only congratulations for Nathan. He managed to redeem himself. But also, considering Nathan's FS score, I think Yuzu dodged a bullet here. Had Nathan not had that utterly disastrous SP he would be the one with the gold. So I must also congratulate Nathan for that lamentable SP. He cooperated with the skating gods and sacrificed himself for the good of Yuzu's gold.
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    I disagree - it would have been 28827364646 headlines.
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    This usually works for me when I have my allotted number of views at some site - turn off your Java script. Sometimes moving to a different browser also works. That's one of the reasons I have five different browsers at hand.
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    I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a parade in Tokyo.
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    GOAT - We knew it all along.
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    Yes, there are many quads but one of the quadsters is out of it. Nathan Chen had what can only be described as a 'meltdown'. He's in 17th place and I wonder how the American media are trying to explain what has happened to their vaunted champion. Nathan is clearly going nowhere. That leaves just Boyang as the remaining quadster. He is a legitimate threat, as are Shoma and Javi But I don't think Yuzu is worried. I think he's at a state of mind where he truly trusts his training and trusts his program. He's in total synch with them. I think right now he's in the state of mind that he was in back at the 2015 GPF. He's not competing. He's performing and the the perfection of the performance is all that matters. Whether he wins or not is inconsequential. Whether he sets a record or not is equally inconsequential. Whether he can skate better than clean and have a performance he will remember to his dying day, that's what matters.
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    Not a world record but very close. We can relax now. Yuzu is back!
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