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13 hours ago, Yukok said:

Incredibly I could get a ticket for HACHINOHE😭😭😭😭😭

 

Wow, congrats!!!  :tumblr_inline_n18qrbDQJn1qid2nw:

I wish you a crazy happy day of Prologue :10636614:

 

11 hours ago, lajoitko said:

Shinya Kiyozuka has uploaded Rondo on Youtune

 

 

Love this version :tumblr_inline_nhkezsTB3v1qid2nw: I really like melodies that change tempo and intensity. Thanks for sharing!

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2018 AUTUMN CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL IN OAKVILLE

 

The second time that we saw Yuzu compete live was at the 2018 Autumn Classic International in Oakville, Ontario. My wife and I attended this with Jason. This is the same Jason who could not make up his mind whether he wanted to join us the previous year in Montréal. He had declined even though he knew that we would be paying all of his expenses including airfare, accommodations and food. This is how disinterested he was in figure skating. Between the 2017 ACI and the 2018 ACI, we showed him videos of Yuzu and although Jason had no previous interest in figure skating, he immediately became a Yuzu fan.

 

WALKING KILLER

 

I love this video. The only connection this video has with 2018 ACI Oakville is the opening scene where Yuzu gets out of the van and enters the skaters-athletes entrance of 16 Mile Sports Complex with his bodyguard behind him. I am familiar with this entrance because we made the mistake of using it when we first arrived at the venue. We parked in the lower level parking lot not knowing that the main parking lot was at the front of the building because we approached it from behind. Luckily, we ran straight into Lisa, the Skate Canada manager in charge of ticket sales whom we had met the year before and she kindly escorted us upstairs and to a prime wheelchair section across from the Kiss and Cry.

 

 

 

WE MEET GHISLAIN BRIAND

 

The major highlight of the 2018 ACI was becoming acquainted with Ghislain Briand. We noticed Ghislain making himself available to fans in the public seating area. Since other fans, particularly Japanese fans, were going up to him to have their pictures taken with him, we also looked for an opportunity and approached him. After having pictures taken with him, we gave Ghislain one of our cards and told him that if he was ever in Vancouver, we would be happy to take him out for dinner and show him around town. He replied by saying that they would likely be in Vancouver in December for the Grand Prix Final. I said that we would look forward to seeing him at that time.

 

Little did we know that Yuzu would suffer a serious right ankle injury at the 2018 Rostelecom Cup and that he would not compete at the GPF in Vancouver.

 

I had the opportunity to speak to Ghislain two more times at the 2018 ACI. On the last of these occasions, it was after the free skate practice and before Ghislain had to go down to join Yuzu and Brian for the free skate. After chatting for a few minutes, I asked him whether Yuzu was all right since he had taken a hard fall during the free skate practice and fans were speculating as to whether or not he had left the practice early because he was hurt. Ghislain reassured me that Yuzu was all right and that the only reason he left the practice early was because he felt he had done enough. “Besides,” said Ghislain with a wry smile, “if Yuzu did not fall once in a while, I would not have a job.” I looked at him and said with mock seriousness, “Are you sure that when Yuzu falls, it’s always an accident and not something you caused?” Ghislain replied with a laugh, “Not that I would ever admit to!”

 

ORIGIN 1.0 COSTUME REVEAL

 

A highlight of the 2018 ACI was the Black Origin 1.0 costume reveal and the audience reaction.

 

We were seated in the wheelchair section directly across from the Kiss and Cry and where the skaters entered the rink so we had a view of Yuzu’s iconic “I don’t care who is watching, standing around me or listening” manic lip-synching before the 6-minute warm-up.

 

I love Yuzu’s nonchalant attitude during his costume reveals while the crowd goes wild.

 

Check out the quad toeloop-triple Axel that Yuzu lands in the corner of the rink.

 

 

 

PILGRIMAGE TO THE CRICKET CLUB

 

We stayed extra days after the ACI in 2018 to do shopping and to visit Niagara Falls. We were staying in Mississauga in a high-rise condo AirBnB across from the Square One Shopping Mall, the second-largest shopping centre in Canada behind West Edmonton Mall. On the day that we went shopping to downtown Toronto, we made a pilgrimage to the Cricket Club.

 

My wife and I had a number of pictures taken of us outside the club. As we were having our pictures taken by Jason, my wife suddenly said, “Ouch!” She had been stung on the back of her hand by one of Yuzu’s beloved cute bees! That is the only memory we have of the Cricket Club that year other than pictures. I should also clarify that what Yuzu refers to as “bees” are actually very aggressive wasps! Fortunately, my wife is not allergic to bee and wasp stings.

 

Here is a picture of us by the garden in front of the Cricket Club.

 

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Recent interview of Marina Zueva, coach of Daisuke Takahashi and Kana Muramoto. The interview is weird (as expected), so I put the translation in spoiler. Please tell me if I should delete lol

 

Spoiler

In the eyes of many Japanese, Daisuke Takahashi is a pioneer in figure skating, while two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu is only his follower.

 

Q: Are you serious about the higher popularity of Takahashi in Japan?

A: Yes. Daisuke has more fans than Hanyu, as strange as it sounds. Here you just need to understand: Takahashi belongs to the past generation of stars. Agree, they were to a certain extent brighter than the current ones, if only because they skated and performed longer.

Q: But the same Hanyu went through three Olympics ...

A: Yes. So does Takahashi. It's just that Daisuke was the first to win an Olympic medal for Japan, who won the World Championship, who brought great glory to the country and huge popularity to Japanese figure skating. Yuzuru in this context is a follower. He may be stronger, more titled, more beautiful in every way, but still, in the minds of a huge number of people, he is second only to Takahashi. And the first is always the first.

Q: It seems to me that the point here is also that Takahashi is an absolutely earthly character, understandable to the fans. And Hanyu is an alien.

A: Agree. People are always more attracted to that person, which, relatively speaking, can be touched. Daisuke is simple, very sociable and open, but at the same time modest, completely unpretentious in terms of some everyday things. However, his talent is not limited to figure skating alone. He sings well - performs in his Japanese show with vocal numbers.

 

source: https://russian.rt.com/sport/article/1077374-zueva-takahasi-latina-pikasso

 

I don’t know if they are indeed that idiot or are blinded by unhealthy jealousy that try to even deny facts as clear as daylight.

Anyway, to me, Hanyu isn't alien. he is a role-model for my everyday life and his journey is the most inspirational story in this dark sport, from his working ethics, talent, not relying on corruption, fighting for justice to sticking to ideals in the most difficult situations. 

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36 minutes ago, Mary_kyo said:

Recent interview of Marina Zueva, coach of Daisuke Takahashi and Kana Muramoto. The interview is weird (as expected), so I put the translation in spoiler. Please tell me if I should delete lol

 

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In the eyes of many Japanese, Daisuke Takahashi is a pioneer in figure skating, while two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu is only his follower.

 

Q: Are you serious about the higher popularity of Takahashi in Japan?

A: Yes. Daisuke has more fans than Hanyu, as strange as it sounds. Here you just need to understand: Takahashi belongs to the past generation of stars. Agree, they were to a certain extent brighter than the current ones, if only because they skated and performed longer.

Q: But the same Hanyu went through three Olympics ...

A: Yes. So does Takahashi. It's just that Daisuke was the first to win an Olympic medal for Japan, who won the World Championship, who brought great glory to the country and huge popularity to Japanese figure skating. Yuzuru in this context is a follower. He may be stronger, more titled, more beautiful in every way, but still, in the minds of a huge number of people, he is second only to Takahashi. And the first is always the first.

Q: It seems to me that the point here is also that Takahashi is an absolutely earthly character, understandable to the fans. And Hanyu is an alien.

A: Agree. People are always more attracted to that person, which, relatively speaking, can be touched. Daisuke is simple, very sociable and open, but at the same time modest, completely unpretentious in terms of some everyday things. However, his talent is not limited to figure skating alone. He sings well - performs in his Japanese show with vocal numbers.

 

source: https://russian.rt.com/sport/article/1077374-zueva-takahasi-latina-pikasso

 

I don’t know if they are indeed that idiot or are blinded by unhealthy jealousy that try to even deny facts as clear as daylight.

Anyway, to me, Hanyu isn't alien. he is a role-model for my everyday life and his journey is the most inspirational story in this dark sport, from his working ethics, talent, not relying on corruption, fighting for justice to sticking to ideals in the most difficult situations. 

You know, no one has to give an interview to the press explaining that Yuzu is more popular than DT because it is not news... good to know what kind of person she is. 

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1 hour ago, Mary_kyo said:

Recent interview of Marina Zueva, coach of Daisuke Takahashi and Kana Muramoto. The interview is weird (as expected), so I put the translation in spoiler. Please tell me if I should delete lol

 

  Hide contents

In the eyes of many Japanese, Daisuke Takahashi is a pioneer in figure skating, while two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu is only his follower.

 

Q: Are you serious about the higher popularity of Takahashi in Japan?

A: Yes. Daisuke has more fans than Hanyu, as strange as it sounds. Here you just need to understand: Takahashi belongs to the past generation of stars. Agree, they were to a certain extent brighter than the current ones, if only because they skated and performed longer.

Q: But the same Hanyu went through three Olympics ...

A: Yes. So does Takahashi. It's just that Daisuke was the first to win an Olympic medal for Japan, who won the World Championship, who brought great glory to the country and huge popularity to Japanese figure skating. Yuzuru in this context is a follower. He may be stronger, more titled, more beautiful in every way, but still, in the minds of a huge number of people, he is second only to Takahashi. And the first is always the first.

Q: It seems to me that the point here is also that Takahashi is an absolutely earthly character, understandable to the fans. And Hanyu is an alien.

A: Agree. People are always more attracted to that person, which, relatively speaking, can be touched. Daisuke is simple, very sociable and open, but at the same time modest, completely unpretentious in terms of some everyday things. However, his talent is not limited to figure skating alone. He sings well - performs in his Japanese show with vocal numbers.

 

source: https://russian.rt.com/sport/article/1077374-zueva-takahasi-latina-pikasso

 

I don’t know if they are indeed that idiot or are blinded by unhealthy jealousy that try to even deny facts as clear as daylight.

Anyway, to me, Hanyu isn't alien. he is a role-model for my everyday life and his journey is the most inspirational story in this dark sport, from his working ethics, talent, not relying on corruption, fighting for justice to sticking to ideals in the most difficult situations. 

Even as a (former) Daisuke fan, this is ludicrous...Daisuke is probably the 3rd most popular male skater in Japan, which is a pretty good achievement, but he could never sell out solo ice shows. I feel embarrassed for him.

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6 minutes ago, YuDai said:

Even as a (former) Daisuke fan, this is ludicrous...Daisuke is probably the 3rd most popular male skater in Japan, which is a pretty good achievement, but he could never sell out solo ice shows. I feel embarrassed for him.

Well, Yuzu’s popularity was the only thing that they couldn’t take away from him with costly manipulation and that’s why the bitter jealousy is still there. It shows how insecure they are actually about his popularity, so my petty heart is enjoying it. But you know, Zueva is right. Yuzu is indeed “stronger, more titled and more beautiful in every way” despite not being Hashimoto, JSF and ISU's fave. Oops.

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1 hour ago, Mary_kyo said:

Recent interview of Marina Zueva, coach of Daisuke Takahashi and Kana Muramoto. The interview is weird (as expected), so I put the translation in spoiler. Please tell me if I should delete lol

 

  Reveal hidden contents

In the eyes of many Japanese, Daisuke Takahashi is a pioneer in figure skating, while two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu is only his follower.

 

Q: Are you serious about the higher popularity of Takahashi in Japan?

A: Yes. Daisuke has more fans than Hanyu, as strange as it sounds. Here you just need to understand: Takahashi belongs to the past generation of stars. Agree, they were to a certain extent brighter than the current ones, if only because they skated and performed longer.

Q: But the same Hanyu went through three Olympics ...

A: Yes. So does Takahashi. It's just that Daisuke was the first to win an Olympic medal for Japan, who won the World Championship, who brought great glory to the country and huge popularity to Japanese figure skating. Yuzuru in this context is a follower. He may be stronger, more titled, more beautiful in every way, but still, in the minds of a huge number of people, he is second only to Takahashi. And the first is always the first.

Q: It seems to me that the point here is also that Takahashi is an absolutely earthly character, understandable to the fans. And Hanyu is an alien.

A: Agree. People are always more attracted to that person, which, relatively speaking, can be touched. Daisuke is simple, very sociable and open, but at the same time modest, completely unpretentious in terms of some everyday things. However, his talent is not limited to figure skating alone. He sings well - performs in his Japanese show with vocal numbers.

 

source: https://russian.rt.com/sport/article/1077374-zueva-takahasi-latina-pikasso

 

I don’t know if they are indeed that idiot or are blinded by unhealthy jealousy that try to even deny facts as clear as daylight.

Anyway, to me, Hanyu isn't alien. he is a role-model for my everyday life and his journey is the most inspirational story in this dark sport, from his working ethics, talent, not relying on corruption, fighting for justice to sticking to ideals in the most difficult situations. 

 

That's funny..I just googled it (pioneer of fs in Japan and most famous skater)..you know exactly the answer. Yuzuru Hanyu (in his iconic purple pant of sin :10814716:)

 

why tickets didn't sold out if he has more fans than Yuzu? shameless!

 

edit: this should be in salt mine 😭😭

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But you know I understand why FS community thinks of Yuzu as an alien. Not only he was one of the very few who didn’t tolerate or benefit from the corruption but also, he effectively fought for justice by proposing a possible solution in his thesis. Imagine fighting for justice as an active skater in a sport that is infamous for politicking and manipulation. The man is interestingly a completely different species from them all. Ofc, they can’t relate to him and kinda despise him (and his mindset). 

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18 hours ago, Geo1 said:

. . . . .

 The second time that we saw Yuzu compete live was at the 2018 Autumn Classic International in Oakville, Ontario.

 . . . . .

The major highlight of the 2018 ACI was becoming acquainted with Ghislain Briand. 

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@Geo1   :flowers:  Thank you for all these interesting accounts about such exciting experiences, enviable encounters,

                             and especially about seeing Yuzu live  :loveeyes:

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