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  1. Thank you! You're making me even more excited for both reasons - Yuzu not going to be bullied/used/manipulated anymore, and the possibility of seeing him skate. The moment I learned about this high-powered law firm representing him, I knew better days are ahead of him and, in turn, us as his fans.
  2. Now not just Nikkan Sports, even Washington Post by Associated Press, Mainichi Japan, and Kyodo News are reporting he's expected to announce retirement. I don't know what their sources are. It will be interesting if it turns out to be something else.
  3. 5pm Japan time = 7.5 hours from now. Edit: Nope. It's a bit less than 8.5 hours from now. 4am Eastern Standard Time. 10am in Europe.
  4. Can you see what seats are available already for GP Finland 2022? Can you post the link to the ticket page for this event? When I click the link in OP (https://en.stll.fi/gp-2022) all I see is the thumbnail of the event and "We're sorry, but we couldn’t find any events."
  5. Does anyone know when ISU normally releases assignments for the new season? "When" as in the time of the day.
  6. Just saw a video interview of Narumi Takahashi. I could only understand a small part of Japanese in the interview. I wish there were English translation as it seems relevant for what I've been struggling with. If any of you could understand what she says in the interview, could you post the gist of her points?
  7. Maya


    Just sent 30 euros to [email protected] via PayPal to celebrate Planet Hanyu's anniversary. Thank you all for making it such a wonderful home and community. Happy Anniversary!!!
  8. Happy Anniversary!!! 1. When did you become a fan of Yuzu? Right before PyeongChang. I read a New York Times article about Yuzu, and then started watching his old programs and of course the Olympic Games shortly after. I didn't even realize I had become a fan of Yuzu. I just keep watching his programs and wanting to know more about this incredible person to this day. 2. When and why did you sign up for Planet Hanyu? I signed up for Planet Hanyu on March 10, 2018 when I discovered the website. Why? It instantly felt like home. It still does. 3. Did you make any irl friends through Planet Hanyu? Yes. I was very excited to meet other satellites in person at competitions. Some of us roomed and/or dined together and the friendship remains. 4. Have you participated in any group projects on Planet Hanyu? Yes, if the following are considered "group projects on Planet Hanyu." 1. I wrote a message to Yuzu a couple of times as part of the collections satellites here organized to send to Yuzu. 2. I made a banner with the national flag of my country for ACI 2019 (if I remember correctly) to show we love Yuzu from all over the world. 5. Did you attend any meetups with other satellites at competitions? I met satellites in small groups at all competitions I attended so far - ACI 2018 and 2019, GP Helsink 2018, GPF 2018 (even though Yuzu withdrew), and SCI 2019. 6. What do you like the most about this forum? There are so many kind and talented people here I just feel a sort of warm glow when I'm here. I also like how people use their expertise and knowledge, which have helped me learn a lot. It's a great community. When I go to competitions, meeting friends I made through the forum is always exciting. Having this home base also makes drought seasons easier to endure, not to mention the streaming parties, which are great fun to be a part of. 7. Would you like to participate in the giveaway? Yes, please. Thank you very much for doing this!!
  9. Thank you very much for sharing this collection of learning materials! I'd also recommend this Yuzu-themed "30-day vocab challenge" (https://tsukihoshi14.tumblr.com/tagged/vocab+challenge). Is there a way to make a sticky list of these materials on the 1st page OP and expand the list along the way?
  10. I'm more motivated than ever to learn Japanese because Iron Klaus left Twitter last week and now Shu-Pa! is leaving, too. Anyway, I'm just trying to assemble learning materials now. I took three semesters of Japanese ages ago but never got good at it. Like someone else said, I hope I could learn enough Japanese soon enough before all Japanese translators leave Twitter.
  11. It's great that you're making good progress with not much time on the ice. I normally need several hours of practice for every half an hour of coaching session before I feel ready to see my coach again to receive her feedback or learn new things. Do you do off-ice training/practice? Sometimes I have an ah-ha moment by following along or even just watching videos like this one below, which reminds me something my coach told me but just didn't register before. I really like this whole playlist by the way.
  12. Did you go skating in front of the big tree? I was planning to go back to Chicago over Christmas but decided to cancel the trip because of Omicron. Very glad to have been there before Thanksgiving. I have a question for all of you who go to public skate sessions: Does your local rink have any policy against practicing freestyle? My local rink (the only one in town) prohibits one-foot skating, jumps, and spins during public skate. Spirals are out of the question, but even edges are something the high school kids hired by the rink would tell me not to do. They said both of my feet have to be on the ice. A girl was practicing loop turns and power pulls some time ago. The manager of the rink came out to stop her, even though there were just the two of us on the ice. The rink an hour drive away doesn't have this kind of policy, so I'm curious how rare of common it is.
  13. Greetings fellow Planet skaters! How's everybody doing? I started skating two years ago. Before the pandemic I was able to take some group lessons. The only ice rink in the college town I live normally opens from October to March, but last season it was open for only a few weeks. A rink an hour drive away reopened last summer, so I took advantage of that and worked with a coach. This season I have been able to skate more at my local rink (albeit not making as much progress as I had hoped.) I just came back from a trip to Chicago. It was fun not just because it was my first trip out of town (except for the said trips to the rink an hour drive away) since the pandemic. I went to a good pro shop to take of my skates, and skated in three different outdoors venues. If you live anywhere near Chicago, you probably already know about the ice rink at the Millennium Park and the "Ribbon" at the Maggy Daley Park. My favorite is the rink that's part of the Christmas Market at Gallagher Way. Great atmosphere there. You could see a short video clip from the Millennium park and photos from the other two venues here. Anyhow, I just wanted to say hi and share with you the nice outdoor skating experience I just had in Chicago. I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season!
  14. I just found the book "The Second Mark: Courage, Corruption, and the Battle for Olympic Gold" from the Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/secondmark00joyg_0) where one can access the whole book. I'm including it in my "to read" list. Do we have separate threads for discussing scoring or PR campaign for Yuzu matters? Both require careful consideration so we could maximize benefit for Yuzu and figure skating as a whole and minimize unintended consequences. I do feel it's long overdue that ISU adopted at least more cameras, which because of organizational inertia probably wouldn't happen unless there are some external pressure. Anyhow, let's continue the discussion without being sidetracked by other discussions.
  15. The fall at 0:28 in this video and the one after his gala performance at 4CC
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