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1 minute ago, Sammie said:

Plushenko is 35 :jaw: I thought he was older!! Early 40 or something  :slinkaway:

According to wikipedia he was born in November 1982, and didn't officially retire from competition until March 2017...his world ranking in the 2015-2016 season was 160th...I can't imagine what competitions he was skating in at that point but wow. Guess he was enjoying it because why else keep at it? 

 

 

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20 minutes ago, quadaxelwin said:

People get the impression he's ancient because he's never been off the spotlight since 2012, when he rose to the senior stage.
 

 

But he was not only a mere infant when he moved up to the seniors, he started with a bang (2012 worlds) and has in the absolute top rank pretty much since he did that...

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1 hour ago, quadaxelwin said:

 

LOL because Yuzu always reminds the Japanese Media that he isn't that old. It's because he's been around the sport for so long without breaks. This is his 9th Senior year, and he has never had a season off, ever in his career. 
People get the impression he's ancient because he's never been off the spotlight since 2012, when he rose to the senior stage.

 

And considering Plushenko was like in his late 20s at Vancouver Olympics, I don't think Yuzu is old. If Yuzu really wants to compete as long as Plushenko, he could even skate at the team event in 2026 olympics, because Plu did that at 31, and pulled out of the singles event. 

Yuzuru became a senior in 2010 when he was 15 yrs old actually... which is probably why it feels like forever ago bc if you think abt it him and Jason B. and heck, Maxim Kovtun and Mikhail Kolyada are all roughly the same age but no one says anything abt how Jason, Kovtun or Kolyada are old ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

Rly the big difference is Yuzuru was a hyped and talented Junior who carries the hype to Seniors and consistently delivers on that hype. No disrespect to Jason, Kovtun or Kolyada ofc, but all three had a "rough patch" where they weren't able to deliver on the hype surrounding them and didn't fulfill the audience's expectations, so had attention taken off them during that "patch" as a result.

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1 hour ago, rockstaryuzu said:

Guys,  he's only 23!! I know skaters have a limited lifespan in the sport, but not that limited! Yes, Yuzu's had injuries etc, but as long as he feels his body can handle it, I feel confident he's not going to quit anytime soon. 

 

 

Not looking at it in the context of age, but just the fact that he has already achieved so much in his career that you'd think he'd move on already. But here he is, proving just how much he loves skating as a whole and not just the aspect of winning.

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2 minutes ago, MeowZu said:

Not looking at it in the context of age, but just the fact that he has already achieved so much in his career that you'd think he'd move on already. But here he is, proving just how much he loves skating as a whole and not just the aspect of winning.

I feel as if he's just getting started. Like, he's achieved everything that an athlete would want, twice over, in terms of medals etc, so now it's uncharted territory, he can do anything he wants. And it won't be like anything we've seen before. 

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The whole topic of age coming up;

 

I reckon he can skate until 2022, if he is healthy by then. And if by some miracle, his ankle and motivation and will still holds up after Beijing Olympics, 

he might do 1 ~ 2 seasons after olympics like Javi, or just skate at Worlds. 

 

And by some miracle from another planet, he wants to do a 4th olympics? It's not impossible. He will be 31 in 2026. He can always just skate the Team Event like Plu did in Sochi, for national pride or celebration of the end of his career. 

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I just wonder... they say Yuzu is shielded from all media stuff and things written about him.

But if he actually does watch old skates (like Plushenko's or Weir's), he probably needs to go to youtube at some point (unless someone is getting them for him). Is it possible he doesn't have any Yuzu video in his suggestion list? 

I think he must have seen plenty of them...

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I think whether he will continue on after this season or to next Olympics or even 2026 or not depend not on his age but mostly on his motivation. As BOser said, he always needs a goal in mind or have something to achieve. By far all his dreams he's been saying since the start is pretty much complete, except for the 4A. So If he landed Nessie this season,  we'll have to see if he will have another goal in mind or not. If so, I would love to see him continue as long as he want to :D

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2 minutes ago, 4Nessie said:

I just wonder... they say Yuzu is shielded from all media stuff and things written about him.

But if he actually does watch old skates (like Plushenko's or Weir's), he probably needs to go to youtube at some point (unless someone is getting them for him). Is it possible he doesn't have any Yuzu video in his suggestion list? 

I think he must have seen plenty of them...

 

I don't think Yuzu is complete "shielded" from public contents about himself. In fact, he appears quite aware of them. For example, at the post-Olympics press conference in Japan, a journalist asked a question, and Yuzu recognized him and thanked him for an on-TV analysis of his skating the journalist did, saying that he have watched it. Also at the conference, when the host asked him about people saying Shoma could have won if he didn't fall, he said "I know a lot of people have being discussing this, and I'm sorry if some fans feel upset about it, but I can say that I was sure I would win the second I finished my program." 

 

And he has definitely seen many videos of himself on Youtube. I can't recall the name of the TV program, but in an interview he said he searches for his own performances online. Sometimes he watches the good ones to build images of jumps, and sometimes he look for fancams for a different angle.

 

I guess his team may shield him as much as possible from meaningless things like rumors made by tabloids. And he himself probably tries to ignore them, like he said in the 2016 documentary, "I want to be alone/lonely, so that I can stay away from distractions." But I think he's aware of all the debates of the skating world, his own public image on mainstream media, and stuff like that.

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As for how long Yuzu's going to continue skating... I guess Yuzu himself may not even know right now, and he totally could find new motivations after the +5GOE 4A. My main concern is his health. He's definitely not old among male skaters, but his body is among the few that has endured the most injuries. I have once chatted with a Yuzu fan who also happens to be a sports physician and has worked with top competitive figure skaters. She said with Yuzu's public track record of injuries, she'd be extremely surprised if he continued for another 4 years... Of course it's only an opinion, from a doctor who after all have never seen Yuzu in person, so it's not in anyway guaranteed accurate. But it just made me think, sometimes it's easy for us to underestimate how hard it is for skaters to stay on top, even only physically. (And I say "stay on top" because Yuzu has stated that, as he continues, that's the only place he'll aim for.)

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Remember last media day when Brian said Yuzu was ready for the Olympics already and Yuzu said he was only skating at 80% of his full potential? I think he must still have many things he wants to work on, though I wonder if he feels it necessary to do all that while competing. Besides 4A he also mentioned that he's still chasing his ideal skate and I think that's probably much more elusive than 4A.

 

I wonder what Yuzu at 100% looks like. 

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