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In case you missed it! :) 

  

5 minutes ago, yuzuonice said:

This week's #YuzuSkatingParty videos have been posted, including the newly subbed interview with Shizuka Arakawa, Friends Plus 2013!

 

https://planethanyu.com/video/browse/77-2012-13-new-life-in-canada/ 

 

Big thanks to @yuzuangel for making a separate category in the Videobox menu. Now all the following documentaries&videos played as part of Yuzuru's Journey can be found there!

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So I was watching a little of TSL today and Yuzu was mentioned in conjunction with Chen's 4a attempt.  According to them, they have seen the video of Nathan's attempt and while URed (4.25), it looked close (closer than Yuzu's GPF 19 attempts).  In terms of Yuzu they hear he limits his time on ice to preserve his body but think that's a good thing that athletes can last long enough to know their bodies and drive their own ship. 

 

It's time stamped @37 mins: 

 

So the race is on!

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Anyways, there's no race, even Nathan himself denied at SkAm (interview with NBCSN) that he's trying the 4a.

 

 

"The (triple) Axel has been my nemesis; I'm happy it's feeling better. There's a long way to go before I even attempt a quad. I like the way that these guys continue to push the sport; I'm excited to see a quad." 

 

Moving on...

 

 

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5 minutes ago, QuadOllie said:

Anyways, there's no race, even Nathan himself denied at SkAm (interview with NBCSN) that he's trying the 4a.

 

 

"The (triple) Axel has been my nemesis; I'm happy it's feeling better. There's a long way to go before I even attempt a quad. I like the way that these guys continue to push the sport; I'm excited to see a quad." 

 

Moving on...

 

 

Took me a hot sec to find it. As we suspected, this is either just a PR stunt or he threw one just for the sake of trying and his fans are trying to hype it as a real attempt. Either way, its BS. 

 

https://twitter.com/nickmccarvel/status/1319831080694841344?s=12

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Cut for a possibly unpleasant ramble about strategy.

 

Spoiler

Nathan may not attempt a 4A in competition (it's not that simple) but what this tells me is that he and his team are prepared to set up any number of narratives to help keep him ahead of the game. Artistry narrative is in play from new programs, and now (deployed after a FS with more mistakes than anticipated) technical dominance narrative is at the forefront again.

 

I know Yuzu doesn't like to play these games but he's going to have to give the FS world something to remind everyone that he is still in this. Staying silent and holed away in Sendai may help him focus but will not help his status or his scores, especially when he'll already re-enter the season (provided he ever has the chance to) at a disadvantage from missing the whole first half of it. (Not that others aren't also at a disadvantage, and not that there's as much of a season to miss, but many top men have at least had the chance to compete and show their stuff.)

 

As far as anyone knows right now, Nathan is out-teching him, Misha and Jason have the programs of the year, Shoma's skating has never looked more beautiful, they all have a refreshed outlook of some sort and are trying to reinvent themselves in various ways. The only one without a real progress narrative, apart from one comment by his choreographer, is Yuzu. He isn't defending himself or letting anyone else defend him, and he shouldn't have to, but I think he needs to. :/

 

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The 2 people I know who have seen the video and aren't US stans aren't that ecstatic about the attempt ("good attempt but not worth the hype", and "about the same as Dmitriev's attempt, DG with a fall"). The video is potato quality to begin with, so I think there's a lot of PR and fanyu-baiting at work. Let's not give them the attention they crave for.

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A bit random thought, but one of the things that make me sad about Zuzuru WDing from GP (and GPF being postponed/cancelled) is that if we would have yet another scoring shenanigans, then our lovely chinese fanyus, out of all people, wouldn't be scared to go and burn ISU with torches and forks and I kinda wanted to see it.😥

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