Figure Skating World Championships Mens Practice Day 2 - Group 1!
I recorded the entire session again today. I think I should be clear of the copyright issues this time so watch to your hearts content.
I ran into one half of the Pooh Bear ears couple from Boston last year and we took pics together! She also had this awesome ombre nail design that was inspired by the Hope and Legacy colors.
Funny enough Group 1 was last today. In terms of my impressions, I wanted to pay close attention to Yuzu since he skipped yesterday’s practice. Yesterday he was mostly smiles. Today he was more business and it was a bit more so-so. Hope and Legacy started well, but the salcow… I have a 3rd row seat on that end of the rink for the SP and 5th row for the LP so I will clutch my Pooh Bear extra tight either way. And yeah, wine is a must.
Shoma was also so so. He couldn’t really get the 4 loop working very well today but he had a decent run through.
Though it’s exhausting getting up so early for the practices, I’ll miss not getting to see the guys tomorrow, but I’ll be up bright and early Thursday for the final public practice. And it’ll be better to get a little rest anyway and sleep in a bit (sorry, Pairs, catch you in the evening).
Yuzuru Hanyu Special Interview: Toward the Ideal and Beyond! (Ice Jewels Vol.6, May 2017)
Yuzuru looks back at the season, talks about his struggles with Hope & Legacy, declares his love for the ever dependable 4T and lavishes attention on primadonna 4S (somewhere in the background, 3A cries), nerds out, and shares his thoughts on preparation for Pyeongchang.
More seriously, he has always been a sincere student of the sport and thoughtful about every single decision he makes with his programs. It’s always been a delight to read his words, and hopefully that comes across.
Translated by gladi. Feel free to repost with credits.
理想の先へ！Toward the Ideal and Beyond
Translator’s note regarding the title: Yuzuru first wrote “risou no saki he” (理想の先へ) as a message for the next season in an interview with Nagano-san on Hoodo Station Sunday (報道ステーションSUNDAY), aired by TV Asahi on April 23, 2017 after the World Team Trophy ended. There is duality in this sentence due to the word saki (先), which can be defined either as “destination” or “ahead”, “beyond”, “hereafter”. Therefore, the entire phrase can be taken as moving “toward the ideal” but also “toward a place beyond the ideal.”
Performance of “Always with Me” (Itsu mo nando demo) by Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov at “Prayers for Japan,” an ice show in Saint Petersburg from Spring 2011. The pair performed the same program at the gala of the World Championships on May 1 that same year. Yuzuru later recalled watching its live broadcast on Fuji TV and being touched by it (Aoi Honoo, P70). Kavaguti & Smirnov will be joining Yuzuru at “Continues ~with Wings~” next week.