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Just want to say Happy Mother's Day to the Mom's here and also to your Moms.

I wonder if the broadcast that will be airing be about Mother's Day?

Since the P and G talks are also around the corner.

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In this dry season, I was randomly going through my 2 TB of Yuzuru Hanyu material when I came upon a translation of an interview published on May 10, 2012 where Yuzu talked about his sprained ankle at Worlds 2012, the earthquake in 2011 and how it changed him, and briefly on the change of coach from Nanami Abe to Brian Orser.

 

I know that this properly belongs in the Translations thread and that it may have already been posted, but I thought that it might be of interest to newer fans or fans who were not aware of this interesting interview before. I will leave it for the administrators to transfer this to the appropriate thread later.

 

The title of the Japanese article is "Journey of Giving Back Continues" and is written by Takaomi Matsubara. The translation is by a fan with the tag "yoko71". I do not have the link to the original article.

 

Spoiler

Journey of Giving Back Continues 

He gave everything he got to that performance - it still glows in my mind even though several weeks have passed.

 

Yuzuru Hanyu won the Bronze Medal at his very first Worlds back in March in Nice, France. At 17, he was the youngest Japanese man to do so. After having been regarded as the next figure skating star after his accomplishments in the Junior circuit including the gold medal at Junior Worlds, he made quite a stride in two senior seasons. At Worlds, he showed us everything - his reliable quad, great flexibility, and the charisma.

 

It has been almost a month since Worlds. Yuzuru showed up at our interview in Sendai, and opened his mouth with a bit of a shy smile: “I may be overpraising myself, but I really do think I did pretty well in my first Worlds.”

 

It isn’t an overpraise, however, considering he even thought about withdrawing on the night before SP.

 

Thought of withdrawing due to injury

 

On March 29, Hanyu was practicing for next day’s SP. Throughout the season, he struggled with the 4TLo in SP. So he chose to keep trying it 5-6 times instead of quitting after 2-3 tries. That is when he landed an under-rotated 4tlo and felt a pain in his right ankle. He sprained it.

 

He could not walk at all that night. It was swollen the next morning.

 

“I thought about withdrawing when I could not walk that night.”

 

In the end, he decided against withdrawing.

 

"I thought about all the people who support me, the team doctor, trainer, my mother who came with me, and felt that I owed them to do it."

 

He ended at the 7th place after SP in which he singled the triple lutz.

 

“I didn’t expect to double the second part of my quad combo, and then I didn’t land a very clean 3A. After that, I think my injured ankle affected my performance. I did try to protect my ankle while performing. With all that, and my lutz taking off on the right foot, I must have hesitated.”

 

He was disappointed that he could not end SP within the top 6. But more than anything, he was mad at himself for getting injured.

 

“I was most mad at me for getting injured. The sprained ankle resulted in the poor performance. I was mad at me for the practice.”

 

How did Yuzuru regroup for the FS that was coming up the next day?

 

“I thought about all the people around me. My mom told me I did well considering the situation. She and I talked about that I did okay because of the immediate support from the team doctor and trainer as well as the moral support from the audience and fans back home. When I realized that I am supported by so many people, I decided that I will give everything I have the next day."

 

He began his FS. He nailed the quad at the beginning, followed by a flawless performance. The audience’s cheer started to become louder and louder. Then he fell.

 

“I fell while I was on my left leg. I think my left leg was exhausted because I was trying to protect my right foot. Yeah, I was mad. Excuse me for my word choice, but I yelled ’$#@%^&’ during the following jump.”

 

How did he regroup so quickly from the fall?

 

“I heard the audience’s encouraging cheers when I fell. That made me want to do the best I could. Sure, I felt the pressure - Worlds is a huge competition. But the audience cheered louder because it was Worlds, and I think I was able to use all that, the pressure, the significance of the competition, the audience’s cheer, to my advantage.

 

After the fall, he finished the rest of the program flawlessly. The audience applauded even more emphatically. Hanyu did a small fist pump, then he bent over as if to bow.

 

“I rubbed my right foot and thanked it for holding up. I was just so thankful for my right foot!”

 

His FS earned 173.99, and the total was 251.06. Both the FS and total scores were well above his season’s best. In the end, his FS TES topped that of Chan’s. Despite the little fall, it was a great performance.

 

“It must have been hurting when taking off and landing jumps. But I didn’t feel any pain because I was so focused.”

 

The pain returned when he was being interviewed in the mixed zone. I started to feel the pain while I was standing and getting interviewed. But I didn’t want to make an excuse because talking to the media is how I can thank all the people who have been supporting me. After the mixed zone, though, I rushed to take off the boots and had my ankle iced. (laughs)“

 

In the end, he never even talked about the sprained ankle during Nice 2012.

 

"I didn’t want to let people know about it. Some workers and media people saw me with the ice, but the team doctor and trainer covered up for me by telling them that the ice was for a preventive purpose.”

 

This episode - that he didn’t let anyone know about his injury - reflects his personality. He didn’t want to reveal his weakness.

 

Hanyu watched his own performances on video afterwards.

 

“I saw me protecting my ankle every now and then. But maybe I skated with more care because of the injury. Also, it was important that my mind remained cool. The audience totally helped me with my last step sequence, the one that begins with my yell, with the loud cheers and vigorous clapping. During the step sequence, I was thinking - I’m going to let the audience help me with this so I can conserve the last bit of my strength for the jump that’s coming up. I am so thankful that the audience gave me the strength. I owe the bronze medal to so many people.”

 

Before the season began, Hanyu said his goal for the season was to finish the season strong. He truly kept his words by skating an extremely strong FS at Worlds.

 

Pain and suffering of disaster changed his thoughts towards skating

 

While discussing Nice 2012, he repeatedly mentioned that the fans and supporters gave him strength. He said he changed a lot during the past year.

 

“The earthquake and tsunami changed me. The experience defined who I am.”

 

He was at his home rink in Sendai practicing when the earthquake struck on March 11. The ground swayed so greatly that it was not possible to stand or walk. He crawled out of the rink.

 

He and his family spent several days at an evacuation shelter.

 

“It was hard, and I was sad. It was very hard to think about me and my family’s life and future. I was very sad about my hometown Sendai."

 

There was no electricity and no TV. There was little information about what was happening in the entire region. Finally a, newspaper was delivered that showed the awful disaster.

 

"I saw pictures of the tsunami and all the damages. I was overwhelmed by sadness. I couldn’t think about skating. Even if I did think about it, I wouldn’t have talked about it.”

 

Despite the circumstances, he was able to start skating again within 10 days of the disaster.

 

“Several skating coaches invited me to their home rinks. It was starting to look like my family was able to settle down to a semi-permanent living arrangement, so I decided to go stay with a coach in Yokohama who used to look after me.”

 

Going back on ice would have been a welcome step forward at this point. However, he could not get his mind focused on skating. He kept feeling guilty: Why am I even skating? Why am I jumping, spinning and skating while so many people are suffering?

 

“I should have been ecstatic about going back to skating, but in reality, I felt burdened. I didn’t know what to do. It was the most difficult time.”

 

The difficult times ended in early April, when he participated in the charity ice show in Kobe hosted by Daisuke Takahashi and Kenji Miyamoto. He skated in front of an audience for the first time after the quake. The audience cheered him on as he spoke in front of them as well as skated an encore.

 

This show got him to start looking forward to skating again. He then skated in many subsequent ice shows.

 

One of those shows was an invitation-only show in late July in which those who were still living in evacuation shelters were invited.

 

After its finale, all the skaters left the rink and the show was over. Hanyu returned to the rink alone, and jumped a quad. He then waved at the audience and left the rink.

 

“I wanted to land a good quad during the program but couldn’t. I was unhappy with myself that I couldn’t do a perfect performance for those who are still living in shelters. To me, quads are the most difficult thing I can do, so I wanted to convey to them that their difficult situations will change as they remain positive and move forward.”

 

In the end, he skated in 60 ice shows.

 

“I wanted as many people as possible to see me skate. Also, by participating in shows, I was able to use the rinks for training, since my home rink wasn’t going to be repaired until summer.”

 

Before each show, He would come to the rink early so he could train. Traveling wasn’t easy, but this way he was at least able to prepare for the new season.

 

At every show, he was made to feel like he was representing Tohoku. He didn’t particularly like it.

 

“Towards the end of the summer when the season was approaching, I was definitely getting tired of being looked upon as a skater representing Tohoku. I wanted to be a skater, not "a skater from Tohoku.” I hated every time the media talked about me and mentioned that I was from Tohoku.“

 

In the end, though, he was able to come to terms with it.

 

"I think my attitude changed around the end of 2011. Now I feel honoured to be representing Tohoku. If people associate my name with the disaster, and I remain as a top skater, then the disaster will not fade in people’s memories. This gives some meaning to me being here.”

 

He used to say he was skating for Tohoku. But at some point, he started saying that Tohoku was giving him strength.

 

“After Japanese Nationals, I had some free time so was able to read the fan mails. Then I realized that there are people who are helping me help people. Because of those who are supporting me, I am able to help. I realized that it is me who is being helped instead of the other way around.”

 

He wrote a reply to every single one of approximately 500 fan-mails.

 

“Lots of things happened and I had to deal with so many feelings and thoughts during the past year. Up until 3.11, I was like an innocent child, just chasing after my own dreams. But now I know that I am here because of all the people who support me. Now I know that I want to do well for those who support me.”

 

He continues that his performance has become more expressive because of all the things that happened since 3.11.

 

“There were incredibly difficult times, and there were great joys. I think I became able to handle a wider range of emotion because of these experiences. The joy I felt back in April when I skated for the first time in front of an audience was greater than any joy I felt before. Because of the disaster, I experienced stronger emotions than I ever felt before. I feel like I need to express these emotions, and also I feel like I am more capable of expressing them now."

 

The disaster that struck Hanyu also made him experience strong emotions. It made him more mature as a skater and as a human being.

 

By the end of the season, he had become one of the top international skaters. He talks about what is next for him:

 

"I want to become a great all-around skater. I want to be known as a skater who is good at everything. That would be the way to become an unbeatable skater. For now, my weakness is the skating, so I want to focus on skating. I hadn’t done much formal training on dance and expressions, so I think I want to take dance or ballet lessons.”

 

In order to further grow into the skater that he want to be, he made one important decision.

 

He decided to part with Nanami Abe who was his coach for many years. He chose Brian Orser as his new coach.

 

He first thought about Orser when he read an article in a skating magazine. The article talked about Orser’s Cricket Club in Toronto, and discussed how it boasts a number of coaches who take charge of different aspects of skating techniques.

 

“I’d never been in an environment where I would train alongside other top class skaters. That’s what made me want to move to Cricket Club. I want to be ready for Sochi. I will miss Nanami-sensei. I discussed this with her, and she gave me her wholehearted blessing. So, I really want to work hard, to give back to all the people who support me, and to Nanami-sensei.”

 

Yuzuru Hanyu is determined to keep reaching for the top. He has big plans for Sochi.

 

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4 hours ago, makebelieveup said:

I think he had a bit more of a lean during the competition than the one in practice and judges took it as an opportunity to give him lower GOE. well its always been that way but i get why he might want to "play it safe" with the back counter entry. but even so its not rewarded as it should so just screw the judges hahaa

Or would it work to twizzle with left leg, counter-axel and twizzle with right leg?  :tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw:

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14 hours ago, rockstaryuzu said:

I was watching on old training clip of Yuzu at TCC, with the sound off. He was in the Under Armor. 

 

He starts his run through, and 3 moves in, I'm like, "Oh, that's Parisienne Walkways!" And I hadn't seen it in months. 

 

You know you're a fanyu when....!:1:

 

 

 

14 hours ago, faeline said:

Recently, I saw a clip of Yuzu practicing Ina Bauer... and R+J2.0 music (specifically the part for the Ina Bauer) played in my head. And I don't even watch R+J that much. I think all fanyus can hum the music according the Ina Bauer hehehe~

 

13 hours ago, rockstaryuzu said:

It could be a game...identify the program from the opening moves or something like that. But no costume hints.

 

And also you can tell from which competition if you see a part of a performance with Yuzu's expression and movements...

I was remembering this old Japanese music game show where the contestants were given one second (or maybe not even that) of an intro part of a song and they can tell the name of the song. Trained fanyus can reach that level of knowledge with Yuzu's performance by heart. I, too, am in the process of that training everyday!!

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Le 10/05/2019 à 23h29, micaelis a déclaré:

Yuzu fait des spectacles sur glace? Est-il guéri? Je dis "vas-y" sur les spectacles. "Faites-le avec précaution" en raison du facteur blessure. Nous ne devons pas nous attendre et nous sommes sûrs que les fans de Yuzu au Japon ne s'attendent pas à voir Yuzu en mode compétition. Je pense qu'il pense qu'il doit redonner quelque chose à ses fans compte tenu de deux dernières saisons mal tronquées. Il ne veut pas évaluer le GPF pour la troisième année consécutive. Le même a choisi vaut pour les ressortissants japonais. Je suis sûr que Shoma veut un championnat sans aile. Donc, dans les spectacles sur glace, il patine vraiment en sécurité et laisse les fans encore en extase.Ça marche. Cela lui donne également la possibilité d'un séjour prolongé au Japon. Je suis sûr que sa patrie et sa ville natale lui manquent. Une question - quel programme? Il peut utiliser n'importe lequel de ses programmes de compétition pour assurer sa sécurité ou participer à l'un de ses programmes précédents. Le choix est à lui. Les fans seront heureux avec n'importe quoi. La choisi dont nous devons nous souvenir est que Yuzu déteste patiner en vase clos. Il veut que les lieux soient occupés et que le public soit prêt à encourager leurs cœurs. En été, cela signifie que la glace montre.J'ai le fort sentiment que Yuzu était déjà sa musique pour les programmes de la prochaine saison prête à rouler et probablement une mise en page générale pour eux. Yuzu est toujours très organisé. Donc, la sécheresse sera brisée au cours de l'été et tout le monde peut être prêt à surmonter la mini-sécheresse entre le dernier spectacle sur la glace et ACI (si cela est à l'ordre du jour cette année). Chacun d'entre nous peut aussi passer beaucoup de temps et de nombreux postes à se demander à quel match de qualification il fera l'objet. Pour que le moment soit venu, il y a quelques jours. Préparons-nous tous pour Fantasy on Ice et préparez-vous pour la saison à venir.Si nous avons de la chance et que vous êtes complètement guéri, il peut rester fidèle à sa dernière saison au niveau junior. Selon un commentateur, Yuzu "a tout gagné".

Bonjour:8122685:, où pourrais-je regarder Fantasy on Ice 2019 retransmis? Youtube ou autre?:tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw:  

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42 minutes ago, Charlène said:

Bonjour:8122685:, où pourrais-je regarder Fantasy on Ice 2019 retransmis? Youtube ou autre?:tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw:  

Hi i don't think we'll be able to watch it live outside Japan but i'm sure people will upload it later !

Last year there were google drive and vimeo links and a streaming party too if I'm not wrong.

 

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There were streaming parties for several shows, it was wonderful, people all over coming together to celebrate  :10742289:

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We definitely need a streaming party for the Sendai show...

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47 minutes ago, TallyT said:

There were streaming parties for several shows, it was wonderful, people all over coming together to celebrate  :10742289:

Yes I remember joining almost all of them! I am still thankful that there where people who streamed the shows on rabbit ! 

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Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas of the Planet! :10742289: And a special mention to Mama Hanyu :tumblr_inline_n18qrbDQJn1qid2nw: I hope you all have a great day.

 

Today is also the last day of the data collection for our fan project. If you haven't voted/shared a message yet, you can find the links here. For those who are late, I'll close the Google polls tomorrow but you can still send an email to [email protected] in the next few days if you want to participate. Can we maybe tweet about it as a "final call"? (we are so, so close to reaching 200 responses for the book :snmouchotto:)

 

Meanwhile, here is a final sneak peek into our early results. (I promise I'll stop harassing you with my graphs after). When asking fans to choose their top 3 favorite programs and costumes, we found a pretty strong correlation between the two. In general, the most favored programs also tend to have the most beloved costumes. Do you think there is a direct link between the two? And more importantly...

  • Who sits at the top of both rankings?
  • Which program defies expectations to reach the 2 second most favored costume?
  • How well do your favorite programs do overall? :swordfight:

Find out all the answers in a few weeks !! [insert evil laugh]

 

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19 minutes ago, Veveco said:

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas of the Planet! :10742289: And a special mention to Mama Hanyu :tumblr_inline_n18qrbDQJn1qid2nw: I hope you all have a great day.

Mama Hanyu should have a Mother's Month, as far as I'm concerned.

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38 minutes ago, Veveco said:

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas of the Planet! :10742289: And a special mention to Mama Hanyu :tumblr_inline_n18qrbDQJn1qid2nw: I hope you all have a great day.

 

Today is also the last day of the data collection for our fan project. If you haven't voted/shared a message yet, you can find the links here. For those who are late, I'll close the Google polls tomorrow but you can still send an email to [email protected] in the next few days if you want to participate. Can we maybe tweet about it as a "final call"? (we are so, so close to reaching 200 responses for the book :snmouchotto:)

 

Meanwhile, here is a final sneak peek into our early results. (I promise I'll stop harassing you with my graphs after). When asking fans to choose their top 3 favorite programs and costumes, we found a pretty strong correlation between the two. In general, the most favored programs also tend to have the most beloved costumes. Do you think there is a direct link between the two? And more importantly...

  • Who sits at the top of both rankings?
  • Which program defies expectations to reach the 2 second most favored costume?
  • How well do your favorite programs do overall? :swordfight:

Find out all the answers in a few weeks !! [insert evil laugh]

 

wrxrps.png

You’ve peaked my interest, not a favorite program, but favored costume?  In reverse I would have said LGC :snmouchotto:

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52 minutes ago, SuperMin said:

You’ve peaked my interest, not a favorite program, but favored costume?  In reverse I would have said LGC :snmouchotto:

Mission accomplished :knc_brian1:

To be fair, the program itself does fairly well, it's in the middle. It's just that the top 2 or 3 are very, very-much loved and hogging most of the votes :68468287:

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On 5/10/2019 at 10:58 AM, BrightonDogwoods said:

I hope you can make it to ACI, I was wondering if you might consider it, I'm definitely planning to go too! It's a great way to start attending competitions, very affordable (especially for us North Americans) as well as being one great big Yuzu-love fest (although any of his competitions are pretty much that by now, just not quite as affordable!). The biggest downside is we don't get to see an exhibition program BUT we usually get costume reveals, and first glimpse of new programs.

 

Also, Ghislain, Traci and Brian are frequently cruising the venue so you could even have a chance to chat them up a bit and mention your tribute ... you know, just if it happens to come up somehow :winky:

I have made the decision to go to ACI.  Although, I would love to see him skate in Japan, I don't think that is going to happen anytime soon.   I would love to meet some Yuzu fans there.  We are going to have a Pooh on the stage with us during the Ballet Tribute at the Kauffman performance.  I plan to throw that same Pooh on the ice for him at ACI.   I am VERY excited to see him skate.   

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