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  1. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    Sankei Shimbun English version on Rika Kihira dated Dec. 10, 2018: Rika Kihira: Japanese Prodigy Wins Figure Skating Grand Prix Final in Debut Season https://japan-forward.com/rika-kihira-japanese-prodigy-wins-figure-skating-grand-prix-final-in-debut-season/
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    Congratulations Rika! Rika’s interview after winning the GPF https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20181209-00414512-nksports-spo - About today’s free program I failed the first 3A but I adjusted the layout right away. I was nervous but turned that feeling of tension into concentration and I am glad I was able to jump cleanly afterwards. - How do you feel about winning GPF? Did you imagine winning it before the GPS started? The reason why I am doing well this season was I failed so many times the last season and I learned from the mistakes. I went in for all of the competitions with the determination that I would not want to repeat these mistakes. I had all my previous mistakes in my mind and kept telling myself that these failures should be absolutely avoided. That helped me focus in the competitions. When this season started I was not thinking of GPF at all, and I was only hoping to achieve good results at GPS. I was doing well through practice and I wanted to show what I’ve got. I have never expected this result at all, but I have been putting every effort in practice and I’m glad that my hard work paid off. - How about from now? After this season started I was able to get very good scores at NHK Trophy, so I thought I could podium if I skate clean SP and FS. I managed to achieve my goal which is clean SP and FS, although I made one mistake. Now it is important to achieve good results consistently at every competition. The Japanese Nationals is coming up and I keep doing the best I can. I want to continue working hard the next season as well. After all I have a dream of winning the Beijing Olympics and I am fully motivated. Until that time I want to skate well consistently. I’ve never even thought of winning the GPF. This season I have been able to control my mental state no matter how big the event was. Today I got to do what I was capable of. Winning GPF is not the pressure on me at all and motivates me more from now on. It has given me confidence instead of pressure
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    I enjoy reading everyone's thoughts and feelings. I wish I could post more but I am timid and English is not my language. I hope @micaelis keeps expressing his thoughts which I find interesting. Everyone has different views and should feel free to share his/her thoughts, because that makes this forum fascinating, at least to me. Just my humble opinion.
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    I think through practice Mitsuki overcame his motion sickness during his spin. Here’s the discussion about motion sickness and spins. https://www.studioveena.com/forums/view/Spinning_without_getting_sick_-_advice_from_pro-skaters_2010-02-26_003111 Motion sickness drugs tend to make people drowsy so probably Mitsuki is not on motion sickness drug while skating, while he still often gets motion sickness of other type. By the way, I tried to multi-quote by clicking the +sign for multi-quote but I could only quote one post this time, while I was able to multi-quote before. ETA: I do not know why my post was merged into my own post like below.
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    I wish him for a speedy recovery. I felt sad when I heard that he cried his head off at JNats K&C. About his six-month long struggle while his home rink was closed, one of the reasons why Nagoya has become a powerful figure skating hotspot is the availability of ice rinks. Aichi prefecture including Nagoya has several ice skating rinks. Big ice rinks such as Osu, Howa and Gaishi are in Nagoya. I heard that unlike other prefecture Aichi skaters can freely practice in other rinks, as Howa is the only rink where skating club belongs to the rink. It is not unusual for skaters to go to other rinks after practicing in their home rink during the same day. Coaches go with them as well. As the skaters practice alongside they inspire each other. Also Nagoya people historically love cultural activities and many parents let their kids join after-school activities such as traditional Japanese dance, tea ceremony, music lessons and sports. As many top skaters are from Nagoya, people in Nagoya particularly love and support figure skating. I guess these are some of the reasons why Sota moved from Osaka, another powerhouse, to Nagoya.
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    Page 7 (last page) Mitsuki: And, this is the amulet from Seimei Shrine my chiropractor gave me. He heard that Hanyu-kun had bought this type [laughter]. He gave it to me. That’s all. - I bet you have something more interesting? Mitsuki: Inside this (a bag containing amulets) I have … Latvia medal [laughter]. - Wow, you are carrying around such a thing. Mitsuki: As my good luck charm. - Ah, I get it. This is the first time that I’ve seen a person who always carries around a medal. SP/FS for this Season - Okay, how are this season’s short and free programs coming along? How about short? Mitsuki: My short is “Tosca.” - Ah, Seems like it is a good fit for you! Why did you pick “Tosca?” Mitsuki: I told my choreography sensei that I wanted to use the music sung by Josh Groban and she agreed to use his song for my short or free. She sent me two of his songs to choose from for the short; “Tosca” , and the short version of the song that ended up being the one for my free. I felt like the short version of my free program piece did not do itself justice. I felt that it’s too short for the buildup, so I decided on “Tosca” for my short. It seems that my coach was having a hard time choosing the music for my free. - What did you finally decided on for the free? Mitsuki: “Mi Mancherai” by Josh Groban - Wow, I totally get it. Did you feel that it was a great song after listening to it? Mitsuki: At first I wanted to use “Per Te” but I found out that a Russian skater is using it this season so we decided to pick a different song. Then she sent me “Mi Mancherai” - You were sold on it? Mitsuki: At that time I knew that Junhwan senshu of Korea used it before and I recognized the music. The first image I had was Junhwan, and it was easy for me to feel what’s going on in the music. I was already very excited when I went to see my choreographer. (t/n: His current choreographer is Nanami Abe who is a former coach/choreographer of Yuzuru Hanyu.) - I see. Mitsuki: I love my costume for this season’s free program. - The greenish one? Mitsuki: White and bluish with color gradation. - Gradation! Mitsuki: I had ones with color gradation before, but I really love my new costume this time. - What part do you like it? Mitsuki: The feel when I wear it. Before this I felt something was a little off. - Did you feel a little bit restricted? Mitsuki: That feeling is completely gone now. - Then you love it so much. That means you can skate better at competitions? Mitsuki: That depends on how much I improve through practice. - You are absolutely right [laughter]. You cannot rely on your costume. About your short, “Tosca” and the free, “Mi Mancherai” by Josh Groban, is there any particular point that you want to draw the audience’s attention to? Mitsuki: Throughout my skating career this is the first time that I will skate to opera pieces. I feel my short program “Tosca”has a melancholic undertone. - I see you want the audience to feel the depth of your feelings. You want to be expressive. Mitsuki: I’ll give my best shot to do a good job. - What about the free? Mitsuki: The free has a climax in the last half and I do a long Ina Bauer and a spread eagle there. Immediately after these moves I jump, so I’m working hard on transitions these days. THE END
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    Page 6 Mitsuki: Next, medicine. Umm…motion sickness medication? I tend to get motion sickness. I get sick walking in a crowd, in a moving car and everything. Motion sickness drugs. Then, game. - Huh, you play games. Mitsuki: Yes but rarely. Next, my gloves, Hanyu-kun's—the ones sold at “Irene shop.” And my wallet. - Made of ostrich leather. Mitsuki: And then…a spoon [laughter]. - Yeah, spoon [laughter] Mitsuki: Next, charger. Looks like I only have ordinary things. - Okay, okay. I’m going to see lots of interesting stuff soon? Mitsuki: No, no, no, no. Headphone. - Tada! Headphone! Is this your favorite headphone? Mitsuki: No I got it as present. Next, earphone. - I wonder, can’t you just carry either one? Everybody is carrying both? Mitsuki: Because it (headphone) flattens my hair. - Aha, that makes sense. Mitsuki: Yes, this is also the present I received. Next…sweets [laughter]. - You just told me that food does not make you feel happy? [laughter] Mitsuki: I like sweets. I don’t enjoy eating meals, but I like to snack on sweets. - Don’t snack on sweets. Eat your meals! Ah, how classic! (looking at his traditional Japanese sweets such as hard candies and dried plum) Mitsuki: I like dried plums. Dried plums and green tea flavored sweets are my avorites. - Dried plums and green tea sweets, huh. You also like gummies. Mitsuki: Yes I like gummies too. Dagashi 駄菓子are my favorites. (t/n: Dagashi are Japanese traditional cheap candies and snacks) I don’t eat snacks like potato chips very much. I like dagashi sold at dagashi shops. - The white yogurt flavor thingy in a tiny white cup, do you like it? Mitsuki: I eat it often. - You eat that thingy a lot? Mitsuki: Not a whole lot but I eat it if available. - How about kinako sticks? (t/n: semi-soft chewy candies that are covered with roasted soy flour) Mitsuki: Yes, I do. I do. Well then, the rest are amulets. I have in a bag the amulets my fans have given me although they are not all of them. - You have so many amulets, huh. Great.
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    Page 5 - Meat? Pudding, jello, yogurt, and meat? I thought your dinner would be harusame (gelatin noodles) instead of meat, for the food consistency sake? [laughter]. Mitsuki: I like meat but I cannot eat very much. I like gyutan (beef tongue) the best. (t/n: Gyutan originated in Sendai and spread throughout Japan.) Info - Oh, you have your favorite! Beef tongue? Mitsuki: You know, the slices are served on a plate like this. Six slices per serving but it’s too much for me. Even only six slices. - Three slices is enough? Mitsuki: About four [laughter]. - Four slices [laughter]. What about the food you dislike the most? Mitsuki: Vegetables and fish. - Veggies and fish? Are you a little kid? [laughter] Mitsuki: I cannot eat them at all. I don’t have any food allergies but I simply don’t want to eat them. When my mother put them on the table at home I have no choice. But she only gives me lettuce or cabbage so I can still manage. Except for that occasion I absolutely don’t eat them on my own. - You should eat them on my own [laughter]. Mitsuki: …I cannot eat them at all [laughter]. - I understand [laughter]. Inside the Bag - Sorry for no advance notice but can I take a look at what you have in your bag? Mitsuki: Yes. This is the one we just talked about, custard pudding [laughter]. - Melon flavor pudding. Oh, that’s exactly the ‘Smooth Pudding.’ Mitsuki: Ball. I use it for warm-up and I carry it all the time for training purposes. - The ball you always use for training.
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    Page 4 Ritual before Competition - By the way, do you have any ritual before competition that you always do? Mitsuki: I used to have one. - What did you do before? Mitsuki: I ate custard pudding before the start of 6 minutes practice time. - You ate custard pudding? [laughter] Mitsuki: Between the warm-up and 6 minutes (practice) I used to eat custard pudding. - What kind of pudding? Mitsuki: ‘Smooth Pudding’ - How come you don’t do that anymore? Mitsuki: One time I didn’t skate well. So I stopped doing that. Next time I ate jello. - So you got your energy back right away [laughter]. - Pudding, jello, and next choice might be ankake (thick starchy sauce) [laughter]. Mitsuki: Is ankake rice dish? [laughter] - I guess so, yes that’s true [laughter]. Mitsuki: So it’s rice dish? I don’t enjoy eating rice very much. I don’t care for main dish either. Basically food does not make me feel happy. - Oh, boy! [laughter] Mitsuki: I feel like it’s a waste of time to eat foods [laughter]. Rather than meals, I like finger foods. I eat bread too but I like the one cut into bite size pieces so that I can eat while going around. I don’t enjoy eating at places like this, and as a matter of fact I’ve been a small eater since I was very little. Although I eat very little I’m still alive [laughter]. - Gee, how shall I say this? Mitsuki: A lot of people have been saying to me like “How can you be so active while you eat little or nothing,” but I have been this way all my life. - Your body seems to have adjusted to it. What is your most favorite food? Mitsuki: Yogurt in the morning. - For lunch? Mitsuki: I don’t usually eat lunch. - Dinner? Mitsuki: When I eat dinner, meat.
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    Page3 Mitsuki: Yes. There are many other good skaters, but if I have to pick one his name popped up in my mind. When Did You Land 2A/3A the first time? - This is my usual question to ask. When did you land a double axel jump for the first time? Mitsuki: I guess it was when I was in the second year of middle school. - Was it soon after you started training for it? Mitsuki: It took probably a few months. - I guess it’s normal. How did you get the hang of it? Mitsuki: At that time I and a rival skater had been competing for landing the double axel in the same rink, and he had landed it before I could. After that I got so mad at myself because that was when I was skating seriously. I was so driven by regret that I landed it perhaps the next day. - Wow, that was awesome. Then, how about triple axel? Mitsuki: It’s the similar story. I came across the video of Yuto Kishina-kun practicing triple axel jumps with Mura-kun, and although at that moment I was unable to land it, I landed it the next day. - When was that? How old were you? Mitsuki: May of last year. - May of last year. Then, in April you were unable to land it. Mitsuki: Well, I was training for it, but was ending with three rotation two-foot landing and things like that. Actually I was not putting everything I had into learning triple axel at that time. Then for six months Ryuju (Hino)-kun happened to be in Rinkai Rink and he was a good example to follow, and that also helped me land the jump I suppose. - Does that mean that you got the knack of landing jumps by watching someone else jump? There must be a difference with one more rotation, right? Mitsuki: Before I knew it I landed it [laughter]. - Before you knew it you landed! It’s kind of…that thing… Mitsuki: I didn’t realize at all that I landed it. When I landed the first time I didn’t know that until my coach said to me “You landed it just now.” - Here you are…another jump genius [laughter]. Now, how about quads? Mitsuki: I haven’t landed a quad but during last year’s junior camp Stephane sensei spent a little time with me and showed me his quads. I tried that quad jump after watching his, and although I stepped out I managed to land on one foot. But I haven’t been able to do the clean landing yet. - I tell you what, one day you should go around the world. Visit the skater with a great technique and you can land a jump the next day after watching him jump? [laughter] It will go like, “This guy is a great loop jumper, so I’ll pay him a visit.” You will come home after mastering the loop jump. Mitsuki: The loop and salchow jumps are the hardest one for me. I have trouble with edge jumps--completely. As long as salchow jump is concerned I’m so bad that I cannot even land a solo triple salchow. - Is that right? I don't get that impression from you. Mitsuki: I don’t have salchow in my program layout [laughter]. - Ah, I get it. That’s why I don’t remember. That makes sense.
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    Page 2 - SpoCha has various activities, doesn’t? Mitsuki: Yes. - What do you do? Mitsuki: Usual things. - Usual things? Mitsuki: When my friends say “Let’s Go,” I go along and have fun. - Ah, Wait a minute. The one you get yourself inside a balloon and play soccer, do you play that game? Mitsuki: That thing, last time we were there we could not play because it was raining [laughter]. - So you would have done that it the weather had been fine [laughter]. Mitsuki: Yes, we would have played that game if it had been sunny [laughter]. - What about tennis? Mitsuki: Yes I can play tennis a little. - You did ‘Air Kei’ (t/n: Kei Nishikori’s signature move of leaping forehand)? Mitsuki: No, No, No, No [laughter]. - Which sport did you play the best? Mitsuki: It’s not that I’m skillful at it but I like ping pong the best. - Are you a good player? Mitsuki: I am not sure whether I’m good at it, but I enjoy playing it. Somehow I can play smashes, and one time I played against a player who was a member of the school ping pong team and I held my own more or less. Skaters/Rivals in the Same Age Group - Well, then, who are the skaters in the same age group? Mitsuki: It’s not that we train skating together, but Taichiro Yamakuma - Taichiro-kun. His name is mentioned a lot. Mitsuki: I guess I’ve seen him around the longest time? In terms of the time we spent together. - Ah, I see. Any rivals? Mitsuki: Among juniors Shimada senshu. - Koshiro-kun.
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    Part 2 of 2 of Mitsuki interview aired 11/7/18 https://www.jsports.co.jp/press/article/N2018110712352006.html Page 1 School Life as a 3rd Year High School Student - Do you do well in your studies? Mitsuki: I loathe studies [laughter]. - You hate it a lot? [laughter] Do you have any subject you are good at? Mitsuki: I’m not sure if I can say that I’m good at it, but the only subjects that I can get decent exam scores are memorization oriented, such as history and chemistry. I like the subjects that I learn by memorization. - I see. Then what about the one you find difficult? Mitsuki: English - English? But English is …. Mitsuki: I can handle the listening comprehension part, but I cannot spell. So I have trouble writing English on exam. I am really poor at writing and rearranging words in correct order. - Grammar, hmm. You struggle with it, huh. Then don’t you have problems talking with foreign skaters? Mitsuki: I can somehow understand what they say. I respond in broken English when I can manage [laughter]. - Well, I think you are doing fine. If you are busy these days then do you still have time to hang out with your friends? Mitsuki: Recently I learned to be a player [laughter]. - Aw, that doesn’t sound quite right. I’m getting concerned [laughter]. You learned how to be a player, huh. Mitsuki: I used to hang out often with my skating buddies, but the guys at school… I have a hard time getting to know people around me. I didn’t have many friends who understand me as I have to skip classes because of my skating schedule. But it started to change after the Finals since more people came to understand my situation. Little by little I got more friends in addition of my old close friends. Lately, although it’s not very often, I hang out with them during off time. - When you hang out with your buddies what do you do to have fun? Mitsuki: Ummm, Eat out, or go to Round One (t/n: amusement center offering a variety of games and sports activities) - So you go to Round One [laughter]. What do you do there? Mitsuki: I follow my friends [laughter]. - You follow them [laughter]. Mitsuki: I tag along and I agree to do things they suggest. - Then if they say “Let’s go bowling.” You will do it. Mitsuki: I would reject bowling [laughter]. - You’ll reuse to bowl? [laughter] For me bowling is the first thing come to my mind when I hear the name Round One. Mitsuki: SpoCha (t/n: Sports Challenge area that offers indoor/outdoor sports activities)
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    Page 6 Mitsuki: Um, Aura. Their aura at the competitions is completely different from juniors’. - Sumoto-kun also has a unique aura [laughter]. Well then, on the last day of the Earth, you talk with people you do not know! Mitsuki: With people I know but who I've never talked with. - Oh, I'm sorry. If you speak to a stranger, “Who the heck are you?” would be the reaction [laughter]. Mitsuki: "What would you spend your money on if you got 100 million yen?" Umm. I have been skating and it costs a lot of money. So I guess I will give it to my mother. - Great! Mitsuki: I don’t usually go out to have fun for many years. I buy sweets but I do not buy such expensive sweets. I like cheap sweets. - I see. Well, you will give the money to your mother. Next Mitsuki: "What would you do if you became invisible?" If it means doing things that are not possible for me now, I would sleep like a log without being disturbed by anyone. - Oh, I get it. If people see you … Mitsuki: If they see me sleep they’ll talk things about me. I want to sleep well until I feel good. - If you become an invisible human, you will sleep!? I think it’s a great idea [laughter]. OK, then last question. Mitsuki: Oops ~! "What period do you want to go with a time machine?" I don’t like to combat with the enemy much, so Sengoku (Warring States) Period is out of the question [laughter]. - No way will you go to Sengoku Period [laughter] Mitsuki: If I could visit one time, Yayoi Period (t/n: ancient era when Japanese started to grow rice using iron tools) and such. --Yayoi Period! It’s the era people cultivated fields. Mitsuki: I want to go back to really ancient times, such as Jomon Period. - In Jomon Period you have to hunt, don’t you? Are you okay with hunting? Mitsuki: I don’t mind it. - You don’t mind hunting [laughter] Mitsuki: Well, How shall I put it? [laughter] It’s not hunting, but my grandma has a farm and I enjoy harvesting. - No, I hate to tell you this, but as far as my imagination goes, my image of hunting has been hunting animals. Mitsuki: Oh, in that case, no way. I cannot handle animals at all. I really hate insects. - Do you hate insects? Oh, now I know. You shouldn’t have told me that [laughter].
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    Page 5 - Well, at the Junior Worlds, you competed with Sena (Miyake)-kun? At that time, you guys skated to the same music ‘Les Miserables’, didn’t you? [laughter] How was that? Did you feel "It’s rather difficult to do" or "Oh we are in this together." Mitsuki: I thought it was more difficult until I saw Sena’s program, then when I was working on my program I realized that each program had a totally different character. Afterwards I did not really feel that way. Rather, the same music was on twice during practice, and I could practice twice as we practically share the music [laughter]. - That's right [laughter]. Usually about ten skaters have to line up and wait for their turn. Mitsuki: Fortunately most of the time we were in the same group in competitions too. Other than the Japanese Nationals I was never immediately ahead or behind him in queue having at least one person between us most of time. - Well then, it worked out fine [laughter]. Mitsuki: If I was before him, I finished mine and I took a break for a while and jumped at the same timing when Sena’s music was on [laughter]. - Didn’t you get any complaints from Sena-kun?[laughter] Such as “Now I’m the one skating to it.” Mitsuki: I told him what I was doing. After that, probably since around Inter-High School Championships, Sena also began doing the same thing [laughter]. - Well then, he did not complain to you? Like, "It’s my music." Mitsuki: Not at all. Since our paths of movement on ice were different from each other, we did not get in each other’s way. The beginning and end (of the music) were completely identical, so I was able to practice jumps there, so I think it was fun and good. Q&A - So, I would like you to do the KENJI's Room drawing from the question box. Mitsuki: (Looking at the question card) Hahaha [laughter]. "What type of girl do you like?" A person who gets on well with me. And someone who isn’t two-faced. Also I’m not very talkative although I enjoy chatting, so I cannot interact well with a quiet girl. I prefer a cheerful type. - You do not like it if a girl (aggressively) approaches you, but welcome a sunny one... Mitsuki: I cannot deal with a quiet girl because my conversation skills are not good. - Well, I can imagine Sumoto-kun being next to a quiet girl. It will go on like this for a long time... Mitsuki: I would not speak. - I see. You like a cheerful girl. What else? What about appearance? Mitsuki: I like a cute girl, but good personality is most important of all. I like a girl who doesn’t change her attitude depending on who she is with. - Let's find such a girl! Yes, next! Mitsuki: I have a bad feeling about this [laughter]. "What would you do on the last day of the Earth?" I'd like to talk with people I know but never had a chance to talk to before. Because I am shy it’s hard for me to break the ice. Once the conversation starts I can talk just fine. - Oh, You do not approach people to speak to. Do you have anyone you’ve never talked with among Japanese Nationals skaters? Mitsuki: Well, I do not get to meet skaters in eastern Japan, so there are a lot of people who I have never talked with. - Try talking to them more and more from now on? Even if it is not the last day of Earth. Mitsuki: I am a little scared of the senior skaters. - Seniors? Are you scared?
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    Page 4 Mitsuki: Then, I could not fix it after all. My eyes met with my coach during my step sequence. He screamed like "Goooo Ooon", so I kept skating and power through it, and I managed to receive good scores. - At that time, everyone was watching you nervously. Mitsuki: I heard later that a referee was standing by with a whistle. - He was like “Don’t blame me if I stop him!” Mitsuki: It came to my mind afterwards that if I had stopped, the strap would have touched the ice. But I kept skating keeping it in the air, so I think that saved me. - But if you had stepped on it.... If a skater steps on something, it's over for him. No, that was scary. Mitsuki: I was scared to death. - But, I am glad to hear that you tried to fix it while spinning then, because some people were wondering whether you noticed it or not. Of course you noticed right away. Mitsuki: I think probably it came off after the third jump. - It was rather an early part of the program, isn’t it? [laughter] Mitsuki: Then, after spin, steps and spin, I noticed something was wrong in the middle of the spin. I checked and saw the Velcro tape and the other pant leg were stuck together. So, thinking "Huh? They are stuck", I quickly pulled the left foot and they came apart. I was sure something was definitely wrong and looked down and saw the strap was loose. I was debating whether I should tear it off or leave it as it was, and I left it and it came off. I was hoping to fix it during the spin after step sequence, but I could not fix it. - But well, it turned out okay [laughter] Looking back on 2017/18 season - Afterwards you competed at the Junior Grand Prix and the Finals, and finished third. How did you feel? Mitsuki: I was super happy. - Oh, You were happy. Mitsuki: Yes, it raised my confidence. For the first time I became confident of myself. When my short goes well, I tend to make mistakes in my free because I get too nervous about the result. After finishing third in the short I was walking on the street with my mother and came across the Grand Prix Finals replica medals exhibit at Nagoya station. It came to my mind for the first time “I want this medal.” Even with lower ranking I wanted to get on the podium. I was not half-hearted anymore and I was able to win a medal as I aimed for it giving it my best shot. I was very happy. - After that, you placed 6th at Japanese Nationals Championship. This is also amazing considering who other skaters were. Mitsuki: I did not feel quite real about the result, but I became very confident of landing Axel jumps. Until that time I had never been able to land the Axel in both the short and the free at the same competition. But at that time I landed twice in short as well as free. - Somehow you look nonchalant, but you really go straight towards your goal. Mitsuki: Yes recently. Since Latvia's free skate I thought I’d better set a concrete goal. - Something like “I’d better toughen up.” So, at your first Junior Worlds, you were third after the short, and you finished ninth overall. How did you feel? Mitsuki: After finishing my performance I did not know how many spots Japan got, so it came to my mind first rather than my results. I had been doing fine but I injured myself about a month before the event and I could not walk for a week. My foot got swollen really badly. I might have pulled a ligament? So I was unable to practice. - I see. Mitsuki: I was fired up and pulled through the short program, but my body felt weak during the free. After the first jump, although I landed the first one, my body felt heavy. My stamina ran out and my legs were very tired. My heart rate probably did not go up so high, but I almost had my feet tangled up... - You felt like you couldn’t keep up? Mitsuki: I got a cramp after the performance. My feet did not move (the way I wanted) at all during the second half of the free.
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