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  1. Someone suggested an improv competition where skaters get assigned music just before they skate, with a short period to prep. I'd love to see any one of these three ideas, it would be so much fun and a totally different way to showcase skaters' skills.
  2. I suppose I am a stickler in a different way; being of Asian descent is also not necessarily the same thing as being culturally Asian. I, for example, consider myself to be Asian American, not Asian. That's why I specified that the 2017 podium competed for Asian countries and that the most of the medalists since 2016 have been of Asian descent (including two Asian Americans). ETA: with a little more research, from 2010-2019, 23 of the 30 podium spots were won by 10 skaters with Asian ancestry out of 14 skaters total who medaled that decade. Javi won 4 of the other 7 podium spots.
  3. 2017 was the first time everyone on the podium was competing for a country in Asia, which certainly is significant if you think a skater's flag affects judging. ETA: although it is also interesting that from 2016-2019, 10 of the 12 podium spots were won by men of Asian descent.
  4. It's not footage but... 飲み物飲んでる羽生くんとてつもなく可愛いから見て。#羽生結弦 #YuzuruHanyu pic.twitter.com/JFiSms16aY — Deppa:)【羽生結弦】 (@yuzuru547) May 10, 2020
  5. I think there's also one on the middle level, between the 2nd and 3rd green pillars from the right, in what looks like a white JSF training jacket. You can tell it's been added because he's in front of the railing, not behind it.
  6. And I must be seeing things because I see 11
  7. I never noticed before, you could see Yuzu clapping for Javi in the K&C in the background just before he starts.
  8. How perfect that he began a video with the theme of "skate forward" with a reference to 3.11 and ended it with HYK, then had Seimei as punctuation.
  9. Congratulations! Waseda, that's not only an impressive achievement but obviously a sentimental connection as well. It's so uplifting when a student continues to study the discipline you've taught them; I feel like at the very least, I "did no harm" to their interest in it and at best helped nurture their love for it.
  10. Collectively we seem to think it's a close race for the best Chopin between the Olympic and 2020 4CC performances.
  11. Interestingly the champions are also taller than average (in comparison to the worldwide average for men born in the same year they were), except for Scott Hamilton and Yuzuru: ETA: I wonder if there's something specific to figure skating that used to favor above average height or if it's just a manifestation of the same phenomenon that, for example, leads to taller presidential candidates in the USA generally getting more of the popular vote.
  12. True! It makes it even more impressive when tall folks do land their quads.
  13. He doesn't look 25 in this gif, though. And he often exudes a childlike (but not childish) joy-in-the-moment that absolutely is adorable, not that anyone around here needs convincing of that
  14. It's been a while since I studied physics but I think it actually is harder to rotate and land quads for taller people. The longer the arms, the faster the hands have to move to get fully pulled in within the same amount of time, and being taller exacerbates the effects of axial tilt so it becomes harder to save jumps. Also since many of the current competitors started to learn quads before their growth spurts, I'm guessing the greater the change during a growth spurt, the harder it is to (re)learn the quads with the new height.
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