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Just saw this :) I might be late to the party but Yuzuru's Merry Christmas is too sweet!!

 

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So, have to share this: I'm out with friends for drinks and somehow the conversation has turned to Hanyu. Clearly something is wrong with my friends - I have shown them Masquerade AND H&L '17 and they still think I'm the crazy one. :hihi:

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8 hours ago, LadyLou said:

 

Iirc Anastasia Tarakanova said that she had picked swimming for some breathing-related illness she had (honestly can't remember if it was asthma too). A pity Yuzu didn't learn(?) when he was smol LOL probably it's harder for him to "trust" liquid water

(I know he said he would sink and I understand his body is..unfit to float given the high density of muscles and virtually absent fat, but swimmers are super fit too, so I am guessing it might be more a matter of learning the right coordination to stay afloat...)

Now I think about it, improving my asthma might have been one of the reasons why I picked swimming as a sport to practice (tho I have never swum competitively)

 

It's definitely a coordination thing. I taught swimming for years too and was teaching 2 year olds to roll onto their backs and float and call out for help. (I'll add here that the older kids get without knowing how to swim the harder it is to teach them because they get so scared of the water). Floating looks like someone is just completely sedentary in the water but there's a bit of adjusting of your body and a bit of movement to stay afloat that just becomes automatic once you know how to do it. I didn't have a speck of fat on me at one time or another as a teenager but could still 'float'.

 

As for asthma, my brother had terrible asthma as a little kid and swimming improved it a lot. His asthma started to play up again as an adult when he stopped swimming. 

 

I know Sasha Cohen swam for cross-training. I wouldn't be surprised if other skaters do too, simply because it's virtually a no-impact alternative to running, etc, and gives their knees and ankles a break while building stamina. You'd be so peeved as a skater if you rolled your ankle going for a jog after everything it withstands on the ice.  

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8 hours ago, LadyLou said:

While he has, sometimes, dpinned in his RT too, and jokes about Yuzu (not)practicing spins aside, in hindsight I wonder if he was checking how well he could endure those spins (I am not sure if I remember well, but I think he said they can't really take a breath while spinning? So maybe he needed to check how long he could endure. This of course is entirely my speculation).

 

 

A pretty good speculation now that I remember the monitor he was wearing for his asthma. 

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12 minutes ago, memae said:

It's definitely a coordination thing. I taught swimming for years too and was teaching 2 year olds to roll onto their backs and float and call out for help. (I'll add here that the older kids get without knowing how to swim the harder it is to teach them because they get so scared of the water). Floating looks like someone is just completely sedentary in the water but there's a bit of adjusting of your body and a bit of movement to stay afloat that just becomes automatic once you know how to do it. I didn't have a speck of fat on me at one time or another as a teenager but could still 'float'.

Welp, that explains it! I went to swim class for two years when I was a teen and learned “how to swim” but never got down the “how to float” part. I was always impressively uncoordinated. :headdesk:

(Somehow, knowing Yuzu also can’t swim makes me feel slightly better about myself lol)

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4 hours ago, rockstaryuzu said:

So, have to share this: I'm out with friends for drinks and somehow the conversation has turned to Hanyu. Clearly something is wrong with my friends - I have shown them Masquerade AND H&L '17 and they still think I'm the crazy one. :hihi:

What?  Who are these people?  I know so many people (all of my family include) who just don't get it.  They just don't see what we see.  In a way, Yuzu almost makes it look too easy so the uninformed don't really see all the athleticism behind even the step sequences.  It's hard for me because what he does is so beyond just athleticism. It's artistry. (And kindness and caring.) If a person cannot be wowed by H&L '17, there is a piece of them missing that they may never notice, but I sort of feel sad for them that they are unable to see the brilliance and beauty in his skating.  I continue to send Youtube links in the hope that someone will, at least, watch.  They may think I'm the crazy one, but my grown son and my sister, while not able to quite get what it is I see, know it's something that has changed me and are happy for that.  The piece of me that was missing has been found.

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With all the talk about increasing stamina, I wonder if medically, any sort of stamina-building or exercise would prevent the sort of asthma attack Yuzuru clearly must have had just prior to JNats,  He was so clearly ill, and off.  I think if there was, his people (and not his federation) would have already addressed it.  But we know he won't make "excuses" even though it's not an excuse, it's a reason.  Ultimately, he can be a huge inspiration to children with asthma by admitting how difficult this has been for him to overcome and how he didn't allow suffering from asthma prevent him from being the pinnacle of a physically demanding sport.  (Also, on the whole swimming-to-increase-stamina thing - you don't have to actually swim to gain aerobic benefits from a pool.  You can just fast walk in chest high water. It's what I've had to do to come back from multiple surgeries that prevent anything high-impact.  Very boring, and probably as boring as skating around and around in a rink for an hour...but less demanding on joints.)

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1 hour ago, barbara said:

What?  Who are these people?  I know so many people (all of my family include) who just don't get it.  They just don't see what we see.  In a way, Yuzu almost makes it look too easy so the uninformed don't really see all the athleticism behind even the step sequences.  It's hard for me because what he does is so beyond just athleticism. It's artistry. (And kindness and caring.) If a person cannot be wowed by H&L '17, there is a piece of them missing that they may never notice, but I sort of feel sad for them that they are unable to see the brilliance and beauty in his skating.  I continue to send Youtube links in the hope that someone will, at least, watch.  They may think I'm the crazy one, but my grown son and my sister, while not able to quite get what it is I see, know it's something that has changed me and are happy for that.  The piece of me that was missing has been found.

 

Since 2017 I've saved all comments from family, friends and collegues in my personal "first-reaction-to-Yuzu's-skating"-logbook.

 

Statistically Notte Stellata in PyeongChang received the best response by a mile. Even people, who claimed that they hate figure skating with all their heart, couldn't hide their goosebumps :P

Barcelona Seimei is in second place followed by SC Origin. Reactions were very positive overall. However, the excitement was not as huge as with Notte. The entire rest got mixed reactions. Especially H&L seemed to be underwhelming for whatever reason. Only exception: my mom loves it with all her heart and tears up everytime we rewatch it together. H&L in Helsinki is her favorite Yuzu-performance until today.

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56 minutes ago, Henni147 said:

 

Since 2017 I've saved all comments from family, friends and collegues in my personal "first-reaction-to-Yuzu's-skating"-logbook.

 

Statistically Notte Stellata in PyeongChang received the best response by a mile. Even people, who claimed that they hate figure skating with all their heart, couldn't hide their goosebumps :P

Barcelona Seimei is in second place followed by SC Origin. Reactions were very positive overall. However, the excitement was not as huge as with Notte. The entire rest got mixed reactions. Especially H&L seemed to be underwhelming for whatever reason. Only exception: my mom loves it with all her heart and tears up everytime we rewatch it together. H&L in Helsinki her favorite Yuzu-performance until today.

I have been admiring Yuzu secretly ever since I became his fan. I don't dare show any of his videos to my friends or family because I know I would be heartbroken (furious even) if their reaction were anything other than being utterly blown away.

I think people who are not familiar with ice skating usually cannot understand the perfection of H&L. Seimei on the other hand has more chances of appealing to anyone with an artistic feel. 

But if I had to recommend one performance as a first time, I would choose Romeo & Juliet from Nice 2012. It's the one that made me fall in love with Yuzu for eternity. The passion in this one... a shot to the heart. :tumblr_inline_mm2wnw2HKh1qz4rgp:

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47 minutes ago, Lapinou said:

I have been admiring Yuzu secretly ever since I became his fan. I don't dare show any of his videos to my friends or family because I know I would be heartbroken (furious even) if their reaction were anything other than being utterly blown away.

I think people who are not familiar with ice skating usually cannot understand the perfection of H&L. Seimei on the other hand has more chances of appealing to anyone with an artistic feel. 

But if I had to recommend one performance as a first time, I would choose Romeo & Juliet from Nice 2012. It's the one that made me fall in love with Yuzu for eternity. The passion in this one... a shot to the heart. :tumblr_inline_mm2wnw2HKh1qz4rgp:

Yes, but he was so much younger.  Beautiful but I try to convince people with his more recent competitions.  I'll recommend this one, though.

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1 hour ago, Henni147 said:

 

Since 2017 I've saved all comments from family, friends and collegues in my personal "first-reaction-to-Yuzu's-skating"-logbook.

 

Statistically Notte Stellata in PyeongChang received the best response by a mile. Even people, who claimed that they hate figure skating with all their heart, couldn't hide their goosebumps :P

Barcelona Seimei is in second place followed by SC Origin. Reactions were very positive overall. However, the excitement was not as huge as with Notte. The entire rest got mixed reactions. Especially H&L seemed to be underwhelming for whatever reason. Only exception: my mom loves it with all her heart and tears up everytime we rewatch it together. H&L in Helsinki is her favorite Yuzu-performance until today.

Notte Stellata - and both SP and FS from PyeongChang are SO exceptional.  I love SC, but that's also because I was there and can share my own jaw-dropping experience of watching him live (and am also visible in the videos, so that's fun.).

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2 hours ago, Henni147 said:

 

Since 2017 I've saved all comments from family, friends and collegues in my personal "first-reaction-to-Yuzu's-skating"-logbook.

 

Statistically Notte Stellata in PyeongChang received the best response by a mile. Even people, who claimed that they hate figure skating with all their heart, couldn't hide their goosebumps :P

Barcelona Seimei is in second place followed by SC Origin. Reactions were very positive overall. However, the excitement was not as huge as with Notte. The entire rest got mixed reactions. Especially H&L seemed to be underwhelming for whatever reason. Only exception: my mom loves it with all her heart and tears up everytime we rewatch it together. H&L in Helsinki is her favorite Yuzu-performance until today.

I must say, I’ve never been into H&L that much... of course the WC17 is a masterpiece of perfection but the whole programme is kinda boring to me (please don’t throw stones at me for saying that ! :smiley-scared005:) I’ve seen it live too and had the same impression (although Yuzu’s expression was soft and lovely). I discovered Yuzu with R&J2 and was struck by his elegance first. Then PW and especially R&J1 at WC12 sealed the deal. When I want to show others why I admire Yuzu so much I send R&J1 at WC12, PW at Oly, Seimei in NHK15 (which is still my favorite version of this programme), LGC from GPF16 and Ballade in Pyeonchang and people get it ! They’re usually very impressed, although nobody has become an hardcore fan like I am ^^

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Hace 7 horas, rockstaryuzu said:

So, have to share this: I'm out with friends for drinks and somehow the conversation has turned to Hanyu. Clearly something is wrong with my friends - I have shown them Masquerade AND H&L '17 and they still think I'm the crazy one. :hihi:

I think the only way that people who dont watch FS can really appreciate Yuzu is showing them other skaters first.

I was a casual viewer of the sport, and I'll never forget the first time I saw him, while watching Sochi, everyone looked more or less the same to me, but the moment he moved his shoulders starting PW I realized he was completely different , and by the time he finished I was almost in shock..

But my country is all about football, so I could engage only one friend into FS, by showing him what others do, and then Yuzu. He loves Notte Stellata!

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These last several comments explain why I picked my name.  All but one of my friends are dismissive about figure skating, so I don't want to admit how much time I spend following my figure skating idol.  Time well spent,  IMHO. 

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