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6 minutes ago, Paskud said:

So it turns out that after all Zuzu can swim. Next we will hear that he can cook? THAT would be surprising.

 

Hey. It's a pandemic year and a half. All sorts of strange things have been happening!!! :)

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15 hours ago, lajoitko said:

Every morning I wake up to new Yuzu content. This feels surreal.

 

Number released a short video of the conversation with Ikee. Hopefully someone will translate the whole interview. 

 

 

And Yuzu is supporting Tour de Tohoku also this year.

 

 

And video of Yuzu's skating boots and new Kose merch. Boots must be quite old since they are ice fly. 

 

[NEWS]

So much news!! and his boots are so cool!!

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2 hours ago, Henni147 said:

 

Well, when I learned swimming at the age of 7, I was extremely thin. Disney could have casted me for a real-life adaption of the skeleton dance. Absolutely 0 fat and muscles, only the ones that you need to stand up, walk and move your hands. And that hasn't really changed ever since. I'm 1.80 tall now and weigh 50kg (ca. 2kg is sculp hair). No matter what I'm doing, how much I eat, how much sports I do, I just keep losing weight. My intestinal bacteria refuse to work for whatever reason. I visited countless doctors and specialists, but nothing has helped so far.

 

However, I really love swimming and in backstroke I even have decent times with 40sec over 50m. Having low body fat percentage doesn't necessarily mean that you cannot stay above water. It's the mix of good coordination of arms and legs, catching the right breathing rhythm and of course power, if you want to reach top speed on competitive level.

 

Yuzu definitely has more muscles than I have (maybe more fat, too, because I have none), so that alone shouldn't be a problem.

 

Oh, I know! I was a tiny, skinny kid who swam semi-seriously. I made the cutoff to qualify for the state championships a few times... even though I needed the help of a kickboard or pull buoy for some drills where I just didn't float well enough to not use one, when my teammates would get along fine without one. (Also, are you a backstroke person? It was always my favorite and I never quite got why all my friends hated it.)

 

I suspect if Yuzu wanted to, he'd be quite capable of learning to swim well, especially with how strong his legs are. But until he learned the proper technique, he wouldn't have much natural buoyancy to help him out.

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1 hour ago, Paskud said:

So it turns out that after all Zuzu can swim. Next we will hear that he can cook? THAT would be surprising.

Hey come on now! He already knows how to make perfectly amazing hot chocolate confections! 

 

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1 hour ago, Henni147 said:

also agree that mastering the 4A will probably be a long and exhausting process of trial and error. That's just natural with things that no one else has done before. It's not to be expected that the road will be linear with no dead ends.

But I also expect it to be a bit like solving a Rubik's Cube. You need to temporarily destroy the layers you've already completed (in this case his arsenal of other jumps) to solve the final layer, where everything eventually falls into place. I hope, he can experience that special moment soon :grouphug:

It must be frustrating for him to be so close and yet so far. Imagine how he'll feel when he finally lands it.

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17 minutes ago, rockstaryuzu said:

Imagine how he'll feel when he finally lands it.

Imagine how WE will feel!! Probably we will feel great joy and excitement at his achievement after all the ups and downs and worries, but also I think we will realise that our time following Yuzuru as a competitive figure skater may well be drawing to a close and that will make many of us sad.....though I think I will also feel happy for Yuzuru, that he can start to adapt to living in a different way, facing different challenges and hopefully many different joys too. 

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54 minutes ago, river said:

(Also, are you a backstroke person? It was always my favorite and I never quite got why all my friends hated it.)

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Yup. Love backstroke, because you can keep your face naturally above the water without getting slow or causing damage to your body. It's also a very fast and efficient swimming style. I almost feel like a motor boat in the water.

At the beginning I used to boing against the wall with my head, but I learned to use the colors of the separating lines soon and it's never been an issue since.

 

Personally, I like breaststroke the least, because you need to work so hard and are still so slow compared to the other styles. Also, that frog-kick is so meh aesthetically :laughing::13877886:

 

 

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@Pammi To be honest, looking at the current scoring mess and media trash-talk, I might be actually relieved, when Yuzu is finally out and can do what he likes and fully enjoys.

 

I don't think that his retirement from competition will mean a complete bye bye from skating either. I do believe that he will find his happiness in shows or other new exciting projects and maybe we will be blessed with performances that will surpass everything we could have imagined in our wildest dreams. I mean... he now spends a lot of time on practicing different types of quads such as steps and spins that must satisfy the felt 26749801248 requirements for LV4. Imagine what miracles he could do, if he had the time... :10636614:

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27 minutes ago, rockstaryuzu said:

Hey come on now! He already knows how to make perfectly amazing hot chocolate confections! 

 

Next C-chan challenge instead of plunking should be about drinking them. We will see who can survive this choco-monster.

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45 minutes ago, Henni147 said:

I don't think that his retirement from competition will mean a complete bye bye from skating either.

Oh I totally agree - I cant wait to see what he does in shows, and I'm so hoping he might do another Continues, he certainly hasn't ruled it out! And Javi better go to that one lol!! AND I have a little hope that Javi invites him to ROI, whenever that gets on the road again once Covid restrictions are lifted/cases remain low etc...artistically he is constantly improving -  Masquerade and Hana wa Saku this season were so amazing - and Spain is near for travel purposes - see you there @Henni147 !!! (we can hope and dream...)

(Hope you and everyone stays safe in the flooding, I feel for those who have lost life or loved ones)

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20 hours ago, rockstaryuzu said:

But the choreo would be highly difficult to translate to the ice. I love Not Today, and I honestly think choreographing it for ice would a major major challenge. 

I haven't really seen the choreo, I was just thinking it would make for a very animated rinkside lipsyncing or something like that :P like the OneOkRock song in nhk15 (was it?) that featured in a Japanese show :rock:

actually I know the song from this pre-WC17 fanvid and since then I've been curious what he'd think of the song, IMO it could meet Yuzuru's taste both musically and as lyrics (warning: the video includes COC14 footage)

 

 

ETA: OMG the fanyu skating, really gotta admire the committent, even got the boot covers matching the outfit! Also, big YAY for adult skaters (I'm also envious because no rink where I live, I'm lucky if there's a small temporary one in December). And whoa the ending! I'm dead:smiley-laughing021::clapping-smiley:

 

 

11 hours ago, river said:

I think I speak for all of the former competitive swimmers on here when I say if he ever wants to get faster… we’d all be happy to help. :winky:

I'm not a former competitive swimmer (though I can boast about partecipating in 1 comp...in my swimming club...once LOL), but I volunteer too:tumblr_inline_n18qrbDQJn1qid2nw: 

If swimming coach position is already taken, I can still teach him riding a bycycle :P unless he's learned that too in the last couple of years, too...:shame:

Also, OT  but gotta defend the breaststroke. It's my fave since I learned swimming (for the very simple reason that I "created" it on my own before I even knew it was an actual swimming style :68468287:). Probably also suiting me the best because I have little power in upper body, but I can kick rather well...

I like backstroke well enough too, but sincenow I only swim in the sea during summer, it's more inconvenient to use it, especially in crowded sea, where I wanna see where I'm going, if I'm running over some poor dude... or a nasty jellyfish:tumblr_inline_n2pjd1FzUP1qdlkyg:   Also, I find breaststroke actually more adaptable to rough water (at least in the mild waves you can have in a not-superwindy day in the adriatic sea), since I can easily time my breathing to when I'm on the peak of a wave and I avoid getting water in my mouth.:laughing: Backstroke during windy days is the worst.

 

 

9 hours ago, SuzyQ said:

Hanyu: Yes, yes. It is "How many minutes are you taking to swim 25 meters in the breaststroke?" level.  I probably don't have any muscles for that. So even if I trained on land, I couldn't use the gained muscles on the ice.

 

But wait, has he actually been swimming for training, or he did he just mention it as an example Rikako would be familiar with?:confused:

 

Wondering if swimming with a kickboard would actually be a more effective training. He wouldn't worry about staying afloat and would use his strong lower body, and still train both muscles and stamina but in a way that doesn't burden e.g. his ankle as much as other types of training on land...

 

 

 

Yuzuru sounded really frustrated that his hard-earned new muscles weren't fit for purpose:sad4:  maybe he's still searching for a balance between strenght and lightness. 4A needs strenght not only to get airtime but also to safely withstand the landing after the insane rotation speed and airtime...

 

In the interview, he also talks again about his pre-PyeongChang training... and gosh, I always feel that we narrowly avoided disaster there (and I don't mean Yuzuru losing, but what a blow it would have been for him, mentally)... as a fan, going into those games my mind just refused to contemplate any other possible outcome, because I was scared s**tless of how he'd feel if he didn't achieve that one goal. I'm so relieved that this time he's not going into oly season with that mindset, even if Nessie is proving to be such a difficult thing to reach. Still, I believe that Yuzu can make it, but he really needs to stay healthy, so that's what i'm gonna focus my prayers on.

 

 

@Henni147

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I saw the news on the floodings, I'm so sorry. My thought are with your friends and everyone who's having such a hard time. I hope things can get better soon...

 

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1 時間前, LadyLouさんが言いました:

But wait, has he actually been swimming for training, or he did he just mention it as an example Rikako would be familiar with?:confused:

 

Wondering if swimming with a kickboard would actually be a more effective training. He wouldn't worry about staying afloat and would use his strong lower body, and still train both muscles and stamina but in a way that doesn't burden e.g. his ankle as much as other types of training on land...

 

IMO, he just mentioned it as an example that Rikako was familiar with. I don't think he did running as one of his strength trainings last season either.

I think he raised these as the examples of difference in the kind of required muscles and training for each sport.

 

Gymnasts are not good at swimming either.  Kenzo Shirai, a gymnast, once mentioned that he just sank when he tried to swim, and it was really difficult to acquire required credits in swimming as he was a student of a college of physical education  :5918bdaa089ab_0015(1):

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