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1 hour ago, ZuCritter said:

For me the date on which BY became AY was Jan. 4, 2018. That day the New York Times published a story about his quest for a second OGM. The headline called him "the greatest figure skater ever" and mentioned Pooh. After I read it, I googled him and started watching videos. One of the first that popped up was swanyu with an LGC encore. 

 

That was it: Instant, undying, boundless obsession. It's so strange now to look back on all those years when he was competing and I was totally oblivious. Or to think that if I hadn't seen the Times' story, I might have never known the agony/ecstasy of being a fanyu. A genuine life-changing moment. 

 

:003: :nod2:

 

Me too! The New York Times story and LGC were my first true exposure to him. I was impressed by that Stephane quote about Yuzu being the most complete skater ever and I wanted to learn more. During Sochi I had some awareness from Canadian media as "that Japanese teenager who beat Our Hero Patrick Chan :(" but as I didn't care much about Patrick Chan, I didn't really pay attention :D After the NYT story I came across stories about Yuzu and Javi and their training situation and I thought it was delightful and decided to support them. :D 

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I'm now watching the live streaming of the sampling capsule of Hayabusa2 returning to earth from Asteroid Ryugu.

Sorry for off-topic, but I just felt it's something very symbolic just before Yuzuru's birthday :D 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayabusa2

 

It's back on time just as calculated :yay:

Good pre-celebration for his birthday :tumblr_inline_n18qrbDQJn1qid2nw:

 

I forgot to mention.

It was launched in 2014 and landed on Ryugu in 2018. Two memorable years :girlsigh:

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2 hours ago, Henni147 said:

 

Thanks!

 

The thing is: when I edited Yuzu's page on Wikiquote this year, I reached out to fans, if anyone is willing to upload new pictures on Commons, but nothing has happened so far. So I was forced to use the few pictures from the old library. It was a bit frustrating, considering how many awesome Yuzu pics are uploaded on Twitter and Insta every second.

@sallycinnamon might have some pictures of yuzu? she takes great ones. also, phantom kabocha on twitter has a lot of "free to use" photos (http://photos.phantomkabocha.com/FigureSkating/index.html) maybe you can contact her?

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3 hours ago, fyere0 said:

but as I didn't care much about Patrick Chan, I didn't really pay attention

Funny thing about PChan...I didn't  really care about him either until he had that disastrous pre-Olympic autumn season in 2017. Then I had sympathy for him because he sounded so depressed. But his skating never drew me in until I saw him live.

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18 минут назад, rockstaryuzu сказал:

But his skating never drew me in until I saw him live.

Same for me. I think I started appreciate him more after comeback, also then his interviews started to be more readable, but his scoring range dropped.

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3 hours ago, yuzuangel said:

@sallycinnamon might have some pictures of yuzu? she takes great ones. also, phantom kabocha on twitter has a lot of "free to use" photos (http://photos.phantomkabocha.com/FigureSkating/index.html) maybe you can contact her?

 

Phantom went to many competitions and he has a lot of great pictures of Yuzu, maybe you can ask him :) Sadly I don't have a professional  camera and I stopped taking pictures during competitions after Helsinki '18 I think so I don't have many good pictures of him...

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8 hours ago, ZuCritter said:

For me the date on which BY became AY was Jan. 4, 2018. That day the New York Times published a story about his quest for a second OGM. The headline called him "the greatest figure skater ever" and mentioned Pooh. After I read it, I googled him and started watching videos. One of the first that popped up was swanyu with an LGC encore. 

 

That was it: Instant, undying, boundless obsession. It's so strange now to look back on all those years when he was competing and I was totally oblivious. Or to think that if I hadn't seen the Times' story, I might have never known the agony/ecstasy of being a fanyu. A genuine life-changing moment. 

 

:003: :nod2:

 

I started watching FS when I was a kid. My mom loves watching FS, so I started watching with her. I've been soooo kuyashii that the time period I stopped watching FS was exactly the time when Yuzu started competing. :headdesk:  After PyeongChang, I thought, "Oh man, I missed out on watching the GOAT compete." I feel very lucky and fortunate that he continued competing even after winning 2 Olympic gold medals. 

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7 часов назад, Henni147 сказал:

 

Thanks!

 

The thing is: when I edited Yuzu's page on Wikiquote this year, I reached out to fans, if anyone is willing to upload new pictures on Commons, but nothing has happened so far. So I was forced to use the few pictures from the old library. It was a bit frustrating, considering how many awesome Yuzu pics are uploaded on Twitter and Insta every second.

I have some photos from Torino. There's many that are better than mine on twitter, but I have no problem with sharing. Just let me know what and how many you need (comp, gala, practice) and I'll look what I have

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I don't remember the exact date I knew Yuzu, nor do I remember the first program of his that got me hooked as I was kind of binge watching him after the first video and everything just blended into a blurry mess. What I do remember, is that it was definitely between SC 2016 and NHK 2016, so that would make it nearly 1500 days since AH. :) So I guess one of the first Yuzu programs I watched was LGC or Hope & Legacy, both of which I loveeee. :smiley-love017:

 

Being a baby fanyu at the time, I didn't know any means of watching FS live, so I only followed the results of NHK 2016 and GPF 2016 and watched the videos after. The first competition I watched live online was 4CC 2017. By WC 2017, I was so nervous for Yuzu that I could hardly think about anything else, especially after that 5th place SP. :unsure2: Fortunately, his FS was perfection, winning him his 2nd world title and getting me more hooked along the way. :laughing:

 

Then I miraculously won tickets to NHK 2017 (sobs, let's not talk about what happened here). After that, besides worrying endlessly about Yuzu's condition leading to the PC Olympics, I was fretting for months about how I was going to watch Yuzu live during the Olympics itself as the Men's SP and FS fell right on the first and second days of Lunar New Year 2018, and, like all festive periods, engaging in ~family activities~ like visiting relatives and stuff is a must. :rolleyes: Somehow, again miraculously, I escaped all the family obligations and managed to watch the Olympics live peacefully, and those were one of the most nerve-wracking moments of my life. :laughing:

 

Everything after that has been a bonus for me, just being able to watch his beautiful skating makes me very happy. :smiley-love017:

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48 minutes ago, Kizuna said:

Then I miraculously won tickets to NHK 2017 (sobs, let's not talk about what happened here).

Oh my goodness, talk about a rollercoaster of emotions. :consoling2: That must have been so painful.

 

Following Yuzu sure gives your nerves a workout.

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2 hours ago, rockstaryuzu said:

Oh my goodness, talk about a rollercoaster of emotions. :consoling2: That must have been so painful.

 

Following Yuzu sure gives your nerves a workout.

I know, right. I landed in Osaka only to find everyone on PH panicking, and it was hard finding out more information as I had to catch my trains and sort my accommodation. I just knew something bad had happened, but I didn't know what. :sigh: Thank goodness PC 2018 went really, really well and I got to see Yuzu (finally) at NHK 2019. :smiley-love017: 

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The first time I saw Yuzu was februari 13, 2014 on television, Parisienne Walkways. I was immediately flabbergasted!

Then of course Romeo and Juliet on februari 14th.

When the GPF took place in Barcelona in 2014, I did not go there and regretted it afterwards. I live in Europe, so Barcelona was not that far away. When the GPF was back in Barcelona in 2015, I didn't have to think long and went. I also went to the GP Helsinki in 2018.

Two great and unforgettable experiences!

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1 час назад, DeniseB сказал:

When the GPF took place in Barcelona in 2014, I did not go there and regretted it afterwards. I live in Europe, so Barcelona was not that far away. When the GPF was back in Barcelona in 2015, I didn't have to think long and went.

Story close to mine. I live close to Europe but didn't go to Barcelona in 2014, previously I didn't have a thought about traveling to comps, only went to events in my town. But I liked to travel, so when it was Barcelona for second time in a row and I had a friend who wanted to go to Spain, I didn't think twice :biggrin: Going at least once per season since then.

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REMINDER THAT THIS IS HAPPENING IN 3 HOURS!!!

 

 

MY GOSH, I'M EXCITED !!!! :cheer::dancingpooh::party2:

 

Also! If you haven't yet, you can change your icon on Planet Hanyu or Twitter to one of the special birthday designs submissions !

 

here's a thread where you can also vote for your favourite! https://planethanyu.com/topic/1283-poll-vote-for-your-favourite-birthday-themed-icon/

 

 

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