Article from Sportiva [x]
*Yokozuna is the highest rank in the sumo society in Japan,
currently is Hakuhou (and this article is written by him)
In March, Yokozuna won for the 34th time in his
career. After his victory, he watched Hanyu’s performances in World Team
… (I really don’t know much about sumo so I can’t translate
the part where he describes his match….but he won! :) )
Speaking of “victory”, figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu performed extraordinarily
well. In World Team Trophy, last major competition of this season (2014-15), Hanyu
gave two excellent performances in short programme and free skating, which
resulted in first in both men’s short and free, as well as third place overall
for Team Japan.
I have been paying attention to him for quite a while; not
only during his performance in Sochi Olympics, but also how he fights and
performs in many other competitions. Finally, I was able to watch his
performance in person during World Team Trophy a few days ago. Under the tensed
and stressful atmosphere, Hanyu perform two beautiful and exceptional
programmes, and I am really touched by his skating.
The taut atmosphere in the arena is unique for figure
skating. I cannot even start to imagine how tensed it was during the Olympics
and how much pressure it’d put on each and every skater. Hanyu obtained his
gold medal despite the fact that he was in that situation. That is why his performance
can move people and touch people’s hearts.
At any competition, I believe, there are two types of
people: those who can take a chance and those who cannot. And, every winner has
the ability to take a chance and thay is also part of the person’s strength.
Hanyu is especially well at this aspect. Although he had
suffered from accident and injuries in the beginning of the season, he was able
to finish his season on a high note.
Also, even though Hanyu is only 20 years old, he has already
showed his qualities and responsibilities as a champion. I, who became Yokozuna
at age of 22, understand his struggle (as an Olympic champion, in terms of the
responsibilities that come with it), as I have spent years to try to understand
what is the responsibilities of a Yokozuna. Hanyu has showed me the strength of
those who are not afraid of the responsibility of those who are on the top of
the world (badly translated again! but what Yokozuna said is that strength of
those who “are at point of no return” because they are the champions and they
have to perform the duty and responsibility that come with it).
It is a precious and valuable experience for me to see
someone, who is on the top of the world, performed his responsibilities and achieved
the best results.
Published on 26th April 2015
Another quick translate, but I am currently brain dead and many
parts are badly translated so basically Yokozuna really likes yuzu :P I will edit
it once I have time :) (pls let me know if there is any mistake and I hope no
one has posted it yet…but if somone did…well meh *back to revision* )