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9 hours ago, Tee said:




1 hour ago, SparkleSalad said:





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12 hours ago, BWOZWaltz said:


Yuzu's still the youngest and the gender...:D




11 hours ago, SuperMin said:



3 hours ago, ralucutzagy said:

Max appreciated the photo, too! I'm so happy to see this! Yuzu is glowing! They all look so joyful! I, literally, have tears in my eyes! :tumblr_inline_mg16f1RxCn1qdlkyg:




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22 hours ago, SuperMin said:



20 hours ago, sallycinnamon said:

Brian posted a picture, too!


Thank you Brian and Tracy for these pictures today :img_21: It's great to see Yuzu again!




4 hours ago, Bilge said:

yup from another planet 


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On 1/7/2019 at 6:06 PM, Sabrina said:

I think it is fascinating that he is able to do his murder step sequences with blades that are not optimized for step sequences and spins!


On 1/7/2019 at 6:13 PM, Sabrina said:

that is the link I wanted to post !!


15 hours ago, ICeleste said:

:tumblr_m9gcraReGL1qzckow:my biggest uwu ever


15 hours ago, SuperMin said:

This is pretty impressive improvising.


13 hours ago, Fay said:


Has to be watched with headphones, as Yuzu tweaked the music and it can be heard with them on. 

He never stops trying to improve things, does he now? 


5 hours ago, sallycinnamon said:

In the TV program "7Rules" they talked about Satomi Ito's work and they also showed some footages about Otonal and Origin costumes.




4 hours ago, Sabrina said:

I guess all of us have seen the first pic but have you sen the second one ?


3 hours ago, BWOZWaltz said:


The curious case of Yuzuru Hanyu!!:rofl:Baby Zuuuuuuuu!





3 hours ago, ralucutzagy said:



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18 hours ago, SuperMin said:

Memories :9:



17 hours ago, kaeryth said:






10 hours ago, ralucutzagy said:



10 hours ago, SuperMin said:


Forever the perfectionist:hachimaki:


10 hours ago, SuperMin said:

This article has lots of pictures fron this past season!   And definitely written by a Fanyu.


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23 hours ago, kaeryth said:




15 hours ago, Tee said:

It’s what he deserves tbh


8 hours ago, Tee said:



5 hours ago, SuperMin said:

“I want to be Yuzuru Hanyu” is really catching on and making the news.




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On 1/11/2019 at 9:29 AM, ralucutzagy said:

Woah, he's staying next season, too!!! We are blessed! :tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw::tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw::tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw:


On 1/11/2019 at 10:17 AM, ralucutzagy said:



On 1/11/2019 at 1:52 PM, ralucutzagy said:

Go, Yuzu! :cheer:


10 hours ago, BWOZWaltz said:


Hear hear! Yuzu will have to go to COR again and present the best version of Origin to Plu-san to complete the mission! No other way!!


And apprently he's no 1 at an Italian sports media "il Pallonaro" athlete of the year 2018!!



10 hours ago, BWOZWaltz said:


The video message:img_20:




8 hours ago, Tee said:




5 hours ago, Kizuna said:

Woaaahhhhh! :tumblr_inline_nhkezsTB3v1qid2nw:


2 hours ago, Tee said:



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On 1/14/2019 at 8:46 AM, IULIANA said:

SomeYuzuru s quotes from P and G campaign interviews.


On 1/14/2019 at 11:20 AM, sallycinnamon said:


This footage was around 1h 45 min. before his free skate on the day of the free skate <3 

Yuzu asked Brian if he has a six pack :laughing:


On 1/14/2019 at 12:41 PM, Tee said:


On 1/14/2019 at 3:54 PM, Yuazz said:

Trolling people before the war :xD:

He's so relaxed before the FS :clapping-smiley:


On 1/14/2019 at 7:30 PM, Tee said:


On 1/15/2019 at 10:45 AM, SuperMin said:

He must be such an inspiration to the skaters from all over,  but especially from Sendai.




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7 minutes ago, Henni147 said:

I'm not sure, if this has been shared somewhere already, but Yuzu has now been officially nominated for the international Laureus Sports Award 2019 in the category 'best comeback of the year'!!  :english1:




The five contenders for this award besides Yuzu are:
CAN Mark McMorris (snowboarding)
NED Bibian Mentel-Spee (snowboarding)
IND Vinesh Phogat (wrestling)
USA Lyndsey Vonn (skiing)
USA Tiger Woods (golf)

All my fingers crossed for Yuzu. He could become the first figure skater ever to win a Laureus!!


The award ceremony is scheduled for the 18th February. Since it's a really big thing, I'm sure that Yuzu will be there despite his preparations for Worlds, no?

So we could see him again earlier than expected! :59227c768286a__s:


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On 1/18/2019 at 10:35 PM, sallycinnamon said:

The Olympics account on weibo has posted a new, 4 min. footage of Yuzu warming up backstage on the day of the free skate:



google drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fIA-biM0M8gOlKCUGslfEBViZMXQin3E/view?usp=sharing



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8 hours ago, kaeryth said:

Jack Gallagher had an interview with Tsuzuki-sensei.


Some quick summaries:


2 hours ago, kaeryth said:

Transcript of Jack Gallagher's interview with Tsuzuki-sensei starting at 10:30.

Everything typed out in verbatim as I heard it. Feel free to correct any mistakes.


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Jack: Tsuzuki-san, you coached Yuzu in his formative years. And how many years were you coaching Yuzu up in Sendai?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano (translator): From 2nd in elementary school to 1st in high school. Over around 10 years.


Jack: 10 years. Okay, and what are your memories of coaching him as a young boy?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: There are of course so many memories with Yuzuru. I taught him and at the same time somehow I was taught by him. I think what I taught to him made his foundation and the way to grow in an efficient, effective manner contributed his growth today.


Jack: So having coached Sano-san[1], did you see the potential in Yuzu to be the Olympic or World champion right away or how long was it after that he felt Yuzu had such big potential?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: The watch-word with Hanyu was 'to be a top in the world'. It was actually same with Sano - to be a top skater in the world. With that watch word we trained together.


Jack: Tsuzuki-san is the one who stressed the importance of the Axel to Yuzu and was that always his favourite jump or was that because of Tsuzuki-san's instructions?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: Because I taught the foundation with thinking triple Axel and even quads in the future; that was my hope since I met Hanyu and the way to train with him. My thoughts was proven by Sano making bronze in the World Championship. So, I thought the next step should have been quads.


Jack: Tsuzuki-san has talked about Yuzu's artistic impression and I just want to read this quote from an interview he gave a few years ago. It says "His posture was beautiful. Like a painting when he stood on the ice. When presented with a piece of music he could understand it in his own way and express it in his skating. He had abundant ability to express music through his movements. The way a skater skates to a piece of music given to him demonstrates his sensibility. From a young age Yuzuru's musical sensibility was wonderful."


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: In order to go into the world, skaters must have techniques. I went to competition in Russia and was then amased with the differences in Russia and Japan. Differences in environment and many points. This was why I made the connection to Russian coach, invited them to Japan and created couples with Japanese girls and Russian skaters in ice dance like Yukiko Kawasaki[2] and also in pairs such as Yuko Kawaguchi[3] and Rena Inoue[4] was with American from a team.


Jack: Tsuzuki-san you're known as being a very strict coach who believes in disciple. I just wanna read again another quote here, and it's just a fantastic quote from an interview you did a few years ago and this is about Yuzu. "I thought his parents chose figure skating as a means for growth and development. But no matter how strictly I scolded Yuzuru, they were understanding. As parents they had other options. Children also had their likes and dislikes. There are few cases among students I have taught in which things have progressed smoothly. But in this case Yuzuru also trusted his parents and I think the family environment that was able to bring him up so properly was a big contributer. Yuzuru could challenge me without holding back  and I was able to teach him my technique correctly."


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: Yes, it is that way. With Sano too. He had a very supportive parents as well. Since we do really hard training and requires high level in both physically and mentally, skater's affliction must be so hard in both ways. But to be top skaters, that environment is demanded. I always taught people about improvement of environment. That good environment raises kids. I'm always coaching with thinking it.


Jack: Along the lines with the same question does Tsuzuki-san worry, like when I think of him as a leader; as a Japanese man I think of somebody like Hoshino-kantoku[5] somebody who was very tough with a strong discipline. Does he worry that this kind of leadership is dying out in this era?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: The reason Sano being such close up was because of the training way. In Japan there were spartan education since long time ago. I myself, raised in Japan and experienced this spartan education. I felt the necessity of it. Therefore, I train with him in spartan way and it brought the result to him. I felt it difficult to raise physical and mental in parallel. It is same in today as well. Today, students have so much information and everything has become rational so it raises their knowledge. But it's only in their heads. The environment to raise the mental and physical become even weaker than old time.


Jack: He mentioned that Yuzu would challenge him sometimes on his methods. Can he just elaborate a bit about that?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: I always taught him to challenge to unknown world. I always use the words and it led him challenge to quads and quint jumps. He was very intelligence-rich person since he was a child. He had well educated way of thinking because his parents were educators so he listened to me and understood me in his way to integrate it.


Jack: Last year, Yuzu wins the gold for the second time in Pyeongchang after winning the gold in Sochi four years before. What were your emotions watching that? I presume... where you in Pyeongchang or were you in Japan?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: I was in Japan. From his performance and his words to media, I saw him realise my dream to him. It is what I felt in the Olympic game.


Jack: Just a few more questions. I just wanna read something else here that was a previous comment that Tsuzuki-san gave in an interview a few years ago. "Technically, physically, and also artistically, he level and unless he constantly pushes himself until he is on the verge of breaking, he cannot advance forward. Without my noticing, Yuzuru has become a person who is at such level. He regularly looks directly at and examines his skating and his life sincerely. Those emotions are not superficial. I would like Yuzuru to someday, as a skater, send a message that can change Japan's education. If that happens, children in the future will steadily be able to go out in the world." So, is this... um... he thinks of Yuzu as a role model who can really change education in this country?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: It is my hope him to be that person in his culmination. In the future, after he retired, I want him to bring figure skating to culture which is just for leisure now. I, as a coach, hope him making the framework of Japan's future.


Jack: Tsuzuki-san mentioned the Russian skaters he invited over here. Who are some other skaters that have kinda molded his teaching or his philosophy? Who are some other foreign skaters that impacted his teaching?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: I really am attracted by Russia skating and it's cultivated culture. So, many of my students went there or learned from Russian techniques to bring it to Japan and then they coached to young skaters now. So, although some coaches going to USA or Canada, Russia is everything for me.


Jack: Interesting. Last question about Yuzu. He's had some injuries the past couple years and does Tsuzuki-san just thinks it's unavoidable because Yuzu is trying to raise the bar so much with skating and you know, jumps.


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: Of course that performance in the such high level causes load to his body. I think he included those jumps to the program because he land it in trainings. But the injury should not be expected. Even with those problem, I bet he keeps his strong mind to control himself. It is what his parents said to him since he was little.


Jack: From when Tsuzuki-san started coaching until now, did he ever foresee the day that Japan would become such a powerhouse in figure skating? When he first took over 60 years ago could he foresee this day?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: Well, from my point of view, there are no environment to train, as I said. I had (?) since 60 years ago. But Chukyo University and Kansai University built their own skating facilities about 10 years ago. This environment makes Japan skating scene today. Like many juniors one after the other. So maybe skate association should take it seriously. And other coaches. I taught for example Hiroshi Nagakubo[6], Takashi Mura[7], Takeshi Honda[8], and Shizuka Arakawa[9]. And those coaching tree makes Japanese Skating history.


Jack: Tsuzuki-san, you are now the coach of one of Japan's top Junior skaters - Kawabata Tomoe[10]. I would just like to know... she's had a very fast.. In 2016, in juniors she was 27th. In 2017 she was about 5th or 6th. And then this year, 3rd. And so her progress is really increasing exponentially. What do you think about Tomoe's potential.


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: It is not fast. I coached her with my daughter, Nakako. There other kid's name Aoki (Yuna) [11] who went to senior nationals prior to Kawabata. Kawabata is 3 years behind to my fold. I have trained her in the same way of Hanyu. Simply because of her potential.


Jack: Last question for Tsuzuki-san. You're 81 years old now. Do you ever plan to retire from coaching?


Tsuzuki-sensei / Ayano: Well, for me, retirement means my physical limit. Being a coach requires high level in physical and mental so I'm always asking myself to until when can I keep doing it. but I love figure skating and since I want to give my methods built in my whole 60 years to children now I teaching. I will keep coaching for a while. fortunately my daughter support me with coaching together so it helps me a lot.



[1] Minoru Sano - first Japanese in any discipline to win a medal (bronze) in the Figure Skating World Championship.
[2] Yukiko Kawasaki - competed in both singles and pair skating. As a pair skater, she competed with Alexei Tikhonov for Japan. They are two-time Japanese national champions and won the bronze medal at the 1993 NHK Trophy.
[3] Yuko Kawaguchi - a pair skater who has represented Japan and Russia in international competition. In 2006, she began competing with Alexander Smirnov for Russia. In 2015, they became the first pair in history to complete two quadruple throw jumps in one program and the first to land a quadruple throw loop.
[4] Rena Inoue - Japanese-born American pair skater with partner John Baldwin. Inoue and Baldwin are the first skaters to perform a throw triple axel in competition.
[5] Hoshino-kantoku (aka Senichi Hoshino) - Nippon Professional Baseball player and manager.
[6] Hiroshi Nagakubo - former figure skating coach and pair skater with his skating partner, Kotoe Nagasawa. Famously coached Akiko Suzuki, Takeshi Honda, and Shizuka Arakawa.
[7] Takashi Mura - figure skating coach and former competitor. He is the 1976 World Junior silver medalist, winning a medal at the inaugural event. Father of Takahito Mura.
[8] Takeshi Honda - former competitive figure skater. He is a two-time World bronze medalist (2002, 2003), two-time Four Continents champion (1999, 2003), and six-time Japanese national champion.
[9] Shizuka Arakawa - the 2006 Olympic Champion and the 2004 World Champion. The first Japanese skater to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating and the second Japanese skater to win any Olympic medal in figure skating, after Midori Ito, who won silver in 1992.
[10] Kawabata Tomoe - 2018 Japan Junior Nationals Championship bronze medalist.
[11] Yuna Aoki - two-time (2014, 2015) Japanese novice champion.


You can tell how much of Tsuzuki-sensei's philosophy and vision has shaped and molded Yuzu's own vision of figure skating.... Also, his love of Russia :10814716:.

From Russia with Love being his 1st program as a competitor and choreographed by Tsuzuki-sensei makes a lot of sense now. :tumblr_inline_mqt4grU8ua1qz4rgp:


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44 minutes ago, kaeryth said:


12 minutes ago, yuzuonice said:
Olympic Channel also made a tear-jerking video with Yuzu's message and other skaters too 


7 minutes ago, ralucutzagy said:


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