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  1. Danibellerika

    Team Japan

    I noticed her double axel is better but everything else looks too shaky for me to tell very well for now. It would have been nice if she could have jumped her natural direction all along so she wouldn't have to deal with this stuff now, but we can't turn back time. Get well soon, Wakababy!!
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    Team Japan

    Love her skating to pieces (and Shoma's too) but unless either of them is planning to move to Toronto and Chicago full time, it just seems like you're trying to put a band-aid on a compound fracture. A couple weeks away from home here and there to work on "jumps"...I don't really buy the effectiveness. I think that type of thing needs to be your everyday if (and it's a big if) there's going to be any real hope at all.
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    Random Thought Theater

    Meeee! We should meet up!
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    [2018] CS ACI Men - Free Skating

    Yes . No way I can miss the chance to see our guy when he's only 90 minutes away by plane! Hope to have a review and some video up soon.
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    I think he said he doesn't have time to take care of a cat more than anything. My coworker is a runner with asthma and she has 4 cats. Guess it depends on the person. He's so brave to reach in to pet kitty like that. I love cats but I am not so brave when it comes to kitties that don't know me. Especially reaching in to enclosed spaces. I'm even weary about it with my own depending on his mood (and I've had him for almost all of his 11 years). If he's in an empty box and is giving me the saucer eyes, forget about it
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    Oh yeah. And didn't Stephane say little Yuzu challenged him to a spinoff once? We know how that eventually went.
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    Hence why I think it's more language barrier than the age gap.
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    Yuzu is very good with young kids though between visiting schools, holding skating classes for the youngsters, grabbing a shot or two with younger skaters visiting TCC, etc.
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    True. Though Gogolev really admires Yuzu but says he doesn't really get to speak with him much because of the language barrier.
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    He does want to improve, but I took it to mean after he r-words and can have proper time to focus on it. You'll probably find no better opportunity than in North America to learn it (as well as other English speaking nations) but I think when he's done he's returning to Japan so will work on it there. It can be done, even if it's a longer process. Whatever works !! A fun environment never hurts to make things stick.
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    For my graduate program we visited Waseda U and had a discussion with their students and professors and we talked about this a lot. Of course everything you said is true but on top of that, you don't really need English in Japan to function and have a good life. Life there is busy enough as is, so why take even more time to learn another language you don't even need? And while this is a case by case basis, a lot of times people in Japan are more shy and afraid of making mistakes, so speaking English only gives them negative reinforcement. It's similar to the US in that sense because we don't really need another language aside from English. Granted, I live in the DC area and it's extremely multicultural here, so I hear a different language on the street everyday. And we have a very large Spanish speaking population so many things are offered in English and Spanish but you will find that many people will use one or the other, not necessarily both. My mom is in her 60s and just last year got her first passport. Only about 40% of the US population even has a passport (compared to Japan's 25% in 2010 which was a decline from he previous year) and then many who do travel don't bother learning another language because we know there's likely going to be some English assistance wherever we're going. I have friends that live in Japan now and I speak better Japanese than they do since Tokyo is generally really english friendly with so much english signage from menus to how to use the trains, etc. A lot of English speakers who move to Japan teach English, but even with the prevalence of so many programs I'm not sure how effective it is. Oh the flip side, here in DC we have language schools too so I do think people are interested, but as an adult it requires a lot more dedication than what you're going to get out of a classroom. Class is only a supplement to my studies. Japanese classes always fill up in the beginning levels, but as you go further along in the language, the difficulty, frustration, and time it takes to get good at it can be pretty humbling, so naturally the numbers drop (my program is a good example of it, though lately the higher levels have been pretty full which is nice to see). Everyday I have to remind myself why I do it, and sometimes I feel like I'm never going to get there when I study something and think I understand it only to encounter exceptions that then make me realize I didn't get it after all; I often ask "why" without getting a clear answer. Someone as analytical as Yuzu probably encounters the same thing and it's probably amplified for him. Japanese is ranked as one of the most difficult languages to learn for an English speaker so it's not unreasonable to assume that it'd be the same the other way around. Learning a new language is rewiring your brain, but I think it really helps broaden your horizons and your perspective, so I endure, especially because I originally started learning in 2005 and it's been off and on ever since. I've put in so much time already, I should just keep at it and hope something sticks. I met Takeshi Honda in Helsinki and his English is quite good, though I know he lived abroad for a while. But for Yuzu, I understand if he wants to put English beyond the basics on the back burner. He has bigger fish to fry.
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    Yuzu is the best skater in the world, but isn't foot perfect all the time. That is just a reality for me after being a fan for half a decade. Shoma isn't foot perfect either, but if he has the better two days then it could happen. Ice is slippery and sports is sports.
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    Nationals is not a given...
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    I'm an old school skating fan where the A-team skaters skipped 4CC (Michelle Kwan has 5 world titles, 2 Olympic medals, not a 4CC anything, and does anyone care?), so if Yuzu doesn't bother competing there again it wouldn't matter at all to me. Not saying he doesn't want to win it if he can but I think he has his priorities straight considering his other results, and 2x Oly/2x World (or more) Champ will always precede his name when he's announced or mentioned. Just sayin'.
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    I think consecutive titles show dominance, but for me it needs to be a string of about 4 to make me think much of it. Like, if Yuzu gets a 3rd worlds (this year please skate gods), I don't consider that lesser than Chan's 3. Gold is gold.
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