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21 minutes ago, TallyT said:

I tend to think their money is their own business, but... yes, from everything I've read, Yuna is in the crazy rich sportspeople category - she's Korea's darling (they don't have the number of sporting superstars that Japan does, so little competition for the role) made the most of it as a smart businesswoman, and nothing at all wrong with that. 

 

The thing is if he isn't already (and we don't actually know, I suspect the public doesn't know the half of it) Yuzuru could be in the same financial league - even though there are other Japanese skaters competing for the public's eye, he has the lot of them beaten hollow, and yes, if he with or without an agency decided to cash in, he'd cash up big. No doubt of that.  And as for public worldwide fame outside skating and the massive Asian fan followings... he could have that too. No one could possibly think he doesn't know far better than we do what he could parlay his success into ... if he wanted to. But he doesn't.

 

He is clearly and undeniably not interested in money; not only does he not chase the advertising big bucks, but both lots of Olympic prizewinnings he promptly gave away, and the gift that went with the People's Award, he politely declined.  He has never shown the slightest interest in the lifestyle and trappings that wealth could bring him - apart from his earphones, he doesn't seem to have any great indulgences and with all due respect, how much can you spend on even the best of those? He's a private, somewhat reclusive sort so the idea of doing anything to increase the level of fame and adulation he already gets would probably horrify him (though I think he'd do it for his beloved sport or his beloved Sendai, and those are the things I can see him using it for when he does retire.  That is, if he doesn't decide to ninja permanently on us). And he doesn't want other people apart from his family trying to 'help' him run his life (okay, to an extent he has to let them - the JSF for instance, and maybe Brian when necessary. But even the JSF and Brian, I suspect, find it a job and a half).

 

 

 

 

I totally agree with this. Yuzu doesn't seem like the type who likes money or wealth so much. Even his family lives simply. I remember reading that they still live in their old house. He seems okay with everything for now in terms of financial stability...as long as he gets to buy expensive earphones hahahahahahahahahaha

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4 minutes ago, TallyT said:

 

It's like wildfire, incalculable and inexplicable. 

Hopefully, not as uncontrollable, though. 

 

 

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14 minutes ago, MeowZu said:

I totally agree with this. Yuzu doesn't seem like the type who likes money or wealth so much. Even his family lives simply. I remember reading that they still live in their old house. He seems okay with everything for now in terms of financial stability...as long as he gets to buy expensive earphones hahahahahahahahahaha

 I am trying to picture that he gets a HUGE book-shelf-ish showcase where tons of earphones are sleeping together and waiting for their new friends to join in The Master's collection.

The ones chosed by Master Zu are lucky enough to company with him during the competition.

 

Suddenly become jealous to his earphones ; b

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4 minutes ago, Anzi said:

 I am trying to picture that he gets a HUGE book-shelf-ish showcase where tons of earphones are sleeping together and waiting for their new friends to join in The Master's collection.

The ones chosed by Master Zu are lucky enough to company with him during the competition.

 

Suddenly become jealous to his earphones ; b

Do you think maybe Pooh-san also has his own set for those times when he's resting quietly on such a shelf?

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6 minutes ago, rockstaryuzu said:

Do you think maybe Pooh-san also has his own set for those times when he's resting quietly on such a shelf?

Pooh-san with earphones, what a perfect and lovely team!

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30 minutes ago, MeowZu said:

I totally agree with this. Yuzu doesn't seem like the type who likes money or wealth so much. Even his family lives simply. I remember reading that they still live in their old house. He seems okay with everything for now in terms of financial stability...as long as he gets to buy expensive earphones hahahahahahahahahaha

I read somewhere that his family had to move because fans and reporters keep popping up at their home and the neighbors was getting disturbed by all the noise and people. 

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14 minutes ago, Sammie said:

I read somewhere that his family had to move because fans and reporters keep popping up at their home and the neighbors was getting disturbed by all the noise and people. 

Fans managed to find his home? Wth that's crazy

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17 minutes ago, Sammie said:

I read somewhere that his family had to move because fans and reporters keep popping up at their home and the neighbors was getting disturbed by all the noise and people. 

That's unspeakably irritating...

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2 hours ago, rockstaryuzu said:

Or, to put it in a nutshell, as another friend and recent convert to the Hanyu side did : He's superb, and it doesn't hurt that he's adorable. 

 

I have to agree with you that Patrick and now Nathan were/ are unlikely to ever reach a similar status, but that has a lot to do with how skating is regarded in North America vs in Japan. I've no doubt that had either of them been Japanese/ Japan-based skaters, they'd have their own massive fandoms. And I suspect that if Boyang really starts winning, and starts maximizing his programs to make the most of his own skills and style, he will have a Yuzu-like following of his own, at least within China.

 

But you are right, it's very hard to beat Yuzu's backstory, personality, physique, and skill for appeal. And he's got that pure and intense thing going g for him too.  I agree that if skating ever sees another one like him, it won't be anytime soon.

 

The size of the Japanese market for figure skating vs the rest of the world is probably another reason there is little need for Yuzu to extend his fame beyond Asia. Japan is probably by far the biggest market for figure skating now - you see other countries skaters flooding into Japan to earn money from Japanese ice shows but not the other way round. Wasn't the rating for Yuzu's segment of the Olympics like 46%, and it was midday not even during prime time? that is like half of Japan watching his wining moment. The average rating of Japan's World cup game is around the same figure .  If I recall correctly, the worlds and GP series where Yuzu competed can have average ratings of 20-30% (even during midnight hours), whereas the ones where he didn't compete (such as GPF 17 and Worlds 18) had on average single digit rating to 10+%. So whilst Japan loves figure skating in general, a lot of the popularity also is in Yuzu himself as a person that cannot be passed on to another skater even from his own country.

 

I remember Yuzu's childhood coach telling him to not be the coach of a particular skater in the future, but rather be in a role of a producer in spreading the popularity of the sport.  For my own selfish reasons, I hope whatever he comes up with after he retires (be it the opening of a skating school or developing skating shows) cost a lot of money so he is forced to be more active active commercially and appear on a lot of Japanese TV shows :68468287:. Cause Japan has a lot of wacky and funny game and TV shows that i am dying for Yuzu to appear on one day when he has time. He is pretty quick-witted and has such exaggerated reactions and expressions that he will be comedy gold on those shows.  

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28 minutes ago, Anki said:

I remember Yuzu's childhood coach telling him to not be the coach of a particular skater in the future, but rather be in a role of a producer in spreading the popularity of the sport.  For my own selfish reasons, I hope whatever he comes up with after he retires (be it the opening of a skating school or developing skating shows) cost a lot of money so he is forced to be more active active commercially and appear on a lot of Japanese TV shows :68468287:. Cause Japan has a lot of wacky and funny game and TV shows that i am dying for Yuzu to appear on one day when he has time. He is pretty quick-witted and has such exaggerated reactions and expressions that he will be comedy gold on those shows.  

...For some reason I imagine Yuzu might still film P&G commercials ever after. Can you imagine years later, opening twitter and watching Yuzu trying to sell baby shampoos and diapers to the masses? All the while holding the baby incorrectly?  But nonetheless,  the products still sell-out like crazy.

As for TV shows in JP, I kinda want him to be a TV commentator for skating. As fun as the game shows are, his competitve instincts might take over and the poor hosts will have no idea what happened.

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21 minutes ago, Xen said:

As fun as the game shows are, his competitve instincts might take over and the poor hosts will have no idea what happened.

 

They would, they so would, but don't you want to see the murderface surface on a happy silly game show????? :10814716:

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33 minutes ago, TallyT said:

 

They would, they so would, but don't you want to see the murderface surface on a happy silly game show????? :10814716:

 

*raises hand* 

 

Yuzu on VS Arashi please.  :peekapooh:

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