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  1. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I don't think this painter has captured Yuzu at all. Looks more like Shoma, especially the hair.
  2. GreatLakesGal

    Team USA

    So Karen Chen has withdrawn from Worlds and alternate Ashley Wagner has also declined. Which opens up a spot for Mariah Bell. Sure hope Bradie brings her A game.
  3. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I don't think even Yuzu knows what his future plans are at this point. Whether he decides to return to competitive skating is probably dependent on a multitude of factors including (but not limited to) his physical health, the new scoring changes, and the wishes of his immediate family.
  4. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    This is so sweet. You can see that the two of them genuinely like each other--nothing forced about those hugs!
  5. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I don't know how anyone who has seen this performance (or his Prince SP) can say he is not capable of skating "extroverted"--i.e., playing to the crowd. Because he certainly did that here.
  6. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Just wanted to say that I agree with you about Gogolev not being a complete skater. Definitely something missing with that kid and I think Brian alluded to it in one of his recent interviews. Even when Yuzu was a tiny thing you can see his innate musicality and budding artistry. Not seeing any of that with Stephen yet.
  7. GreatLakesGal

    Random Thought Theater

    That stunning photo of Ashdown Forest reminded me of something I wanted to share. I was looking at some art prints online a few days ago and came across this: https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/sarahnakama/yuzuru-hanyu-chopin-ballade/ I've been looking for something for a small wall in my home and I think this will be perfect for it. And I know it will fill me with joy every time I see it.
  8. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    It's not about bringing others down; it's about being very clear to his fellow countryman about who is still number one. What was Yuzu's reaction to Shoma's comment that he could have won gold if he had just done one of his jumps better? Don't recall the exact quote but Yuzu made it clear he didn't agree. Good for him! It's interesting that some of you see that as a negative in Yuzu. I see it as a major positive; it's indicative of his killer competitive instinct and it's why he now has two Olympic gold medals. I would also not be surprised if it irritates perfectionist Yuzu that Shoma gets away with pre-rotating his jumps and that his under-rotations are often not called. Javi really did deserve the Olympic silver medal.
  9. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    You know, I think that these actions are Yu's very subtle ways of keeping Shoma in his place--that is, below him. Like the Queen of England, he's not about to abdicate his throne as Japan's Figure Skating King. Not yet anyway. I especially love it when he pets him!
  10. GreatLakesGal

    General Skating Chat

    My take on Nathan is that he's one of those skaters for whom skating is not really his passion. He does it because he just happens to be very good at it-- he was genetically blessed with great natural talent for it, much like Gracie Gold. And if I'm right about that, the thought of having to spend the next four years of his life continuing to do it in the hopes of winning that elusive OGM must be very depressing for him. It would be for me.
  11. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    And I want to see him drinking soda and eating chips at McDonald's. (Who would have guessed?!)
  12. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    You're just posting what many of us are thinking but, like you, don't want to upset others with our concerns. Sometimes I wonder if that's the case with Yuzu--i.e., if there's something he's not telling us because he doesn't want to upset his fans right now.
  13. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    In the process of watching the press conference but just had to stop and say that his hair is absolute perfection. I don't think I've ever seen him look better.
  14. GreatLakesGal

    Team China

    I just read this at another site about Boyang: Now I really feel terrible that he didn't win a medal.
  15. GreatLakesGal

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I think Jun has injuries that need some healing time.