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1 hour ago, kaeryth said:

Ice Time Podcast No. 13: Daisuke Murakami


J: Jack Gallagher

D: Daisuke Murakami


Starts at 20:33


J: So it was the win at NHK Trophy(2014) was more of a catalyst to take you to the next level. Is that accurate?


D: Yes. I mean I must say, It was the cherry on top to beat Yuzu there. I don't think there's a lot of Japanese skaters who has beat Yuzu so I think I'm one of them that has beat him. I mean, I think he did have an off day that day but at the end of the day I did stand on top of that podium so I kinda was proud of myself.


J: Yeah, the fact is that was when he was both the Olympic and World Champion. Right? When you did that.....
You're gonna have that story to tell to your students in the next 40 years about the time you beat Hanyu. That's gonna be quite a story to tell.


D: It is but at the same time you know Yuzu and I are very great friends off the ice. You know this past New Year he sent me a very heartwarming "Happy New Years" or in Japanese as they say "Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu". I don't know what the definition is in English but you know we're great friends off the ice and even to this day he'll ask me you know 'how do you do such easy quad sal?' and he's always wanting to learn more and more. Even through his own rivals. So I respect him in that level where he doesn't think that he's the best but he also believes like he gets an opinion from everyone else. Which is great, I think.


J: I agree and you kind of already answered by next question which is What is it about Yuzu that makes him so great. In your opinion. Can you just talk about his physical ability and his mental ability. What's the key in your opinion?


D: As far as mentality goes I think he has one of the most strongest mentality because I don't know what kind of skater cannot / will not compete, comes off from an injury and then wins an Olympics game. To me that is pretty crazy. And you know, for me to say and complain that I had a lot of media attention, he has like a 100 times that and you know he's probably one of the most famous figure in Japan so I do not know how he juggles that but you know his skating results and continuously makes great results. For that, I think he's the best skater of all time. Ever.


J: I agree. It's been phenomenal to watch his career unfold. I was fortunate enough to be there in Sochi when he won the first Gold and also be there last year when he won the second Gold. Like you said it was absolutely incredible considering that he'd had the injury in Osaka back in November. Did you watch the Olympics on TV then, you were not there is that right?


D: I was not there but I was definitely cheering. I think there was more impact of him winning the second Olympics medal more that the first one. I don't know why but I was more emotional when I saw him win the second one.



Thank you for the transcript again, @kaeryth

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6 hours ago, kaerb said:


I'm really touched, this program interviewed one of Yuzu's ex classmates from 3rd year of middle school (Google translate is saying his name is Masanori Asano but sometimes it can be read differently so if any JPN speakers want to correct me, please do!). Yuzu's mentioned previously that he really loved his classmates from that class. I'm just going to cover the parts of middle school to give a rough gist of what was said.  


Footage of Yuzu in middle school around 2:20

Classmate: I hope he will go to the Olympics and win

Asano: Who are you making your goal as you keep doing your activities?

Yuzuru: Without forgetting this class (Year 3 Class 4) and how everyone cheered for and supported me, I will work hard

Asano: Ah yes, a good comment, thank you very much, thank you


(9yrs later...)


Asano had been in the same primary and middle school as Yuzu for 6 years.


Q: How did he become good friends with Yuzuru?

Asano: The first person I spoke to when I entered middle school was Yuzuru-kun. I was sitting by myself (somewhat isolated) at the end there and then he spoke to me. Fundamentally, he's a good person. He loved baseball so we played catchball in the schoolyard. He jumped too, in the classroom. He often said stuff like, 'I can't rotate so much on land but I can rotate more on the ice', like 'I'm not just this y'know!' (T/N: sort of in the spirit of 'don't underestimate me!')


Yuzu won in the 2010 Junior World Championships in March and returned to Sendai in April. 


Yuzu at the airport: Now that I've returned to my hometown of Sendai, the feeling of reality is hugely hitting me/overflowing.


But in truth he had missed his graduation ceremony to make Junior Worlds. 


Q: Hanyu-senshuu didn't attend his graduation ceremony right?

Asano: No he didn't. On a separate day, he had his own graduation ceremony... perhaps you could say a ceremony just for him. About 10-15 remaining students and classmates (his own age) were there. After the ceremony, we went back to the classroom and spoke about various things and took photos, and he wrote 'niku' (meat) on my forehead. 


Yuzu also gave him an autograph (his junior autograph with the mushroom fhskjfs) - and on the top he wrote 'I'm going to get a gold medal at the Olympics!'


Asano: If I'm not wrong, at the time, it had been decided the Olympics was going to be in Sochi? He said something about getting a gold medal at this Olympics Games with an unfamiliar name I'd never heard of...... and he really frikkin got it huh (t/n: he doesn't strictly say 'frikkin' but I wanted to convey...the amused incredulity LOL)


Q: What hopes does he have for Yuzuru?

Asano: During his schooldays, I thought he always always just did skating. I hope he will treasure the times when he's not skating and take care with injuries. Rather than saying 'gold medal, gold medal', I'd like him to take care of his body. Yeah I want to see him. Like we did back then, I want to joke around together again.


; u ; I hope they'll get the chance to meet ;;;; 


Thank you for the translation, @kaerb :tumblr_inline_np9uqjPApW1qid2nw_75sq:

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