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  1. And his partner would have been in diapers when Yuzu won his first OGM ...
  2. Yes to both COC POTO and COR Origin. If the standard is performances that left “an indelible impression,” they certainly rank near the top. (Trauma is the most powerful type of memory, after all.)
  3. For me, it's PC, not because it's a more perfect skate, but because he put absolutely everything on the line. I forget which journalist asked him later, "When did you know you'd be ready?" And he said, "I wasn't ready." He believed that if he competed with his injury, on painkillers, he might never skate again. And he did it anyway. Same with the FS. It's not his best Seimei, but it's his greatest Seimei: the ultimate YOLO statement of his absolute will to win. I agree that he had a lot at stake at 4CC -- lots of demons to exorcise. But nothing compares to PC for sheer courage and determination. At least not in my book.
  4. This has been an interesting week, especially with the Yuzuru Award happening in the background. As one of the fanyus who had tickets for the WC, I've found myself mentally marking the days: "Today, I would have seen him in practice ... today, I would have seen Chopin" ... etc. Of course, all those thoughts came with surges of bittersweet emotion, but I find that, "Today I would have seen Seimei," is qualitatively different. Chopin is a sublime program (as is H&L), and I recognize that the Hanyu Award was about specific performances, so I have no quarrel with the outcome of the voting. But the chance to see Seimei live feels like more than a chance to see an extraordinary and beloved piece of art. It feels like the chance to witness something that transcends normal categories, something almost holy. If skating had "World Heritage Programs," it would be one. I was privileged to see Swanyu live in Torino, and I started crying before he struck his opening pose. (Actually, because I had "peeked" and knew what he was going to skate, I started crying at least five minutes before he appeared, and had to hide my tears so I wouldn't spoil the surprise for the fanyus sitting next to me!) But as much as I adore that program, for me Seimei is something more: THE quintessential Yuzuru Hanyu program. It, more than any other program, is HIM. Although I missed the chance to see Seimei in competition, I'm confident that -- after the purgatory of skating tributes and the realization that expressing his essence is why he skates -- we will see two very "Yuzu" programs next season. So, as I feel the melancholy of NOT seeing Seimei today, I'm holding onto that thought.
  5. Beautifully done. I know I'll be watching it over and over in the coming dry months. Thank you so much.
  6. Being present at practice in Torino, realizing he was setting up for Nessie, then actually seeing the monster surface. Even though he fell, it felt like watching history.
  7. I recently sent a male friend the video of Chopin from 4CC. His response: "He's beautiful!" A couple of days later he asked me to remind him of Yuzu's name. I think he watched a couple of other videos, and after that he brought him up again in conversation. We talked about how Yuzu completely transcends traditional expectations about beauty and gender. My friend kept searching for ways to describe Yuzu's appeal and falling back on, "He's ... beautiful." And this is a 70-ish white, straight, American. Maybe there's some hope in this world after all.
  8. Your points are excellent. Adequate measures are essential. The problem Is defining what are adequate measures. While health officials are hardly infallible, I believe that at this stage they are serious about limiting the suffering. If they say cancel, I will accept it with regret but (I hope) grace. If the event proceeds, I will take stringent personal measures. One quibble with your analysis: We have no idea what the death rate is, because we have no idea how many total infections have occurred. Given that many people apparently have only mild symptoms, and the scarcity of testing kits, it’s possible that many cases have gone undetected. That would make the death rate lower. It will probably be a good while before medical researchers fully understand the dynamics of COVID-19. In the interim, it’s best, of course, to practice excellent hygiene and follow all directives from health officials. ETA: I don’t take flu lightly. My husband nearly died from the H1N1 that was so bad a decade ago. I know how serious flu can be, and I try to protect myself. My point is merely that that doesn’t mean isolating from life whenever a new threat appears.
  9. This is undoubtedly a serious situation, and calls on each of us to be diligent about personal measures designed to minimize our risk of catching the virus or spreading it. To put things in context, from September 2019 through last month, the US Centers for Disease Control estimates that the USA saw as many as 50 million cases of the flu, causing as many as 52,000 deaths. Worldwide, the flu has been known to infect as many as 1 billion people and kill more than 640,000 in a single year. The two situations are, of course, not strictly analogous. The new virus is more frightening because we know so little about it. It may or may not be more easily transmitted than the flu, and it appears to be a bit more lethal. It's worth remembering, however, that even though we do have measures (however imperfect) to prevent and treat the flu, it kills people in numbers that dwarf anything we've seen with COVID-19. That happens every year without fail, and we seldom even notice it, because we're accustomed to it. For the most part, news stories about the flu bounce right off us, and we go on with our daily lives, perhaps taking a few extra precautions -- as we should. Every person has to decide how to respond to the current situation. And health officials must do all they can to limit the damage. When I think about whether to go to Worlds, I think: What would I do if Montreal had a particularly bad flu outbreak? My answer is that I would still go. And I would be as careful as I could not to catch it.
  10. For myself, based on what we know today about the virus, I am definitely willing to take the risk in order to see Yuzu (and, to a much lesser degree, other skaters) compete. So at that level, I hope to be watching the first practices a week from today. I recognize, however, that health officials have to look at a much bigger picture and assess what is necessary to prevent the spread generally. I will be bitterly disappointed if they cancel Worlds, but I will choose to believe that they made the correct decision in accordance with their responsibility to protect public health.
  11. Sorry, but who can tear their eyes off that face to look at jewelry?
  12. How we'll know that Nessie is finally, for-sure going to appear:
  13. I watched his 4CC ex again last night and was struck so forcefully by the difference between Yuzu skating to win and Yuzu skating to skate. Of course Helsinki ‘17 is and will always be a transcendent moment, but as jaw-dropping as it is, there’s a sense throughout of carefully metering his energy and avoiding mistakes. The H&L we saw in Seoul, by contrast, had a freedom and an abandon that made it in some ways more exhilarating. (He knew it, too — just watch that self-satisfied grin at the end.) All of which is to say that we will lose something when he no longer competes, but in time we may come to feel that we’ve gained even more. Meanwhile, I will go to Montreal and cheer for him to set new records, regain his crown and demolish the judging system. ETA: oh, and I haven’t even mentioned Nessie ...
  14. Only on the Planet: concurrent discussions of the sins of our respective nations (and as an American, let me just say we definitely have our share) and Vaseline as a wardrobe accessory. No wonder I love you crazy Fanyus.
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