Yuzuru Hanyu WC14 FS Esp Ita commentary
Credit for the video goes to ElenaC, as always (x) I haven’t decided yet what I’ll translate next, anyway, it will be after the first two (probably) stops of FaOI. Stay tuned ;)
M: Hanyu reached a score higher than Machida’s only once in his career. In the GPF final at Fukuoka, when he reached 193,41…a score so huge, it intimidates us just to speak about it.
A: Yes and he truly needs a performance like that; it’s difficult to think that he might overcome Machida, it’s clear that these two can try, but they’re the only ones.
M: And now it’s time for the most anticipated athlete, Yuzuru Hanyu, current olympic champion, the one who dominated the Grand Prix Final and the Japanese national champioships, which I mentioned because they took place right here.
A: In Saitama, venue of this WC. Hanyu is the olympic gold medalist, so he’s been obviously much anticipated.
M: Let’s lay our cards on the table: the best Hanyu, the one who manages to stay on his feet from start to finish, without mistakes, wins the title, he could do it. The Hanyu we saw in the short program and in the olympic free skate wouldn’t be enough.
A: Right. The first salchow is very, very important…he rarely lands it.
4S! Maybe he’s never done it that well. 4T!
3F. 3A3T…but with some problems on the landing.
Marvelous second 3A, done in combination with a 2T. Beautiful 3Lo.
3LzLo3S! Incredible, in spite of a terrible landing on the lutz.
The second 3Lz was beautifully executed. Last spin. Which is the combination spin, after the flying sit spin. We’ve already reached 97,96…the meter’s running! Some problems on this flying entry, he might not reach level 4, but he should reach the level 3 and it should be enough to go over 100 in the TES.
M: 101,49 - A: He’s exhausted! M: He reached 102,03 in the GPF…this is an ace. Because today he had his back against the wall.
A: Yes. We’ve never seen a better 4s from him, he had to fight, it wasn’t that competition in which everything is easy. He’s tired, exhausted, but he fought through it. I’d like to see again 3LzLo3S, because listen, he landed forward, he was still and yet he did the loop, the euler, and then 3S, from a standstill. Impressive.
M: And have you noticed that that single loop is called as underrotated more often than not…but for how the jump itself is done, if you think about it.
A: Yeah, obviously, because of the takeoff and the landing, it often needs to lack something, sorry for lack of a better word, to attach the 3S after it.
M: Angelo, let’s discuss this, here we have 100 of TES, well 101 to be precise. And this Hanyu should receive about 92-93 PCS. Total 193-194, to be clear Machida would be overtaken. [literally something like annihilated. It’s hard to translate this from Italian.]
A: He’s at risk, because how much does he [Hanyu] need, 191? There should be those 191 points. Let’s see. The TES slightly went down. (while Max is talking he says “still over 100″)
M: He obviously needs the TES not to go down, if it keeps going down Machida’s chances will be higher.
A: [4S on replay] look at the quad salchow, how reactive he was to land it.
M: I have to say that, by watching videos from practice, he was landing quads easily. But then practice and competition are different things.
A: Yes of course. The 4T was beautiful, fantastic as usual.
M: It isn’t the highest TES ever reached, because Patrick Chan reached 100,25, and Hanyu himself has reached a 102,03. It keeps going down.
A: I think it’s because of the GOE, because it keeps going down, but slowly. Many elements did not have an excellent grade of execution after all. Look here.
M: He’s at risk then, because now PCS will be tricky. He has to be over 92, around 92.
A: Look, look here…3Lz. Ah no, don’t mind this is the solo 3Lz. Yes the solo one. Well, it was still an astounding performance.
M: Yeah, nothing to say about that. You can only bow, because everything was against him today.
A: Yeah, it was extremely difficult, he gave everything he had and he ended without much energy left in him. He had trouble standing, but he truly gave his all.
M: Let’s remember that the Grand Slam was completeted only by Alexei Yagudin, GP, Olympic games and World Championships. Yagudin even won the European games, while obviously Hanyu did not enter the 4CC. He’s alone, because Brian Orser is still besides the rink - A: Javier Fernandez M: The next one is one of his [pupils].
A: Let’s say that he has a nice little squad in the men’s field. M: Yes. And he might do the sweep, senior world title and junior world title. With the Olympic games as the topping.
A: It’s enough, enough - M: By how much? A: Cents, about..20 cents, he’s in first now.
M: I was thinking about 92, but 91,42 was enough in the end.
A: And look at how he’s jumping! And with good reason, he managed to overcome a fantastic Machida and now we’ll have to see if Fernadez will be able to overcome the two Japanese. It’s not easy, not at all.
M: But he can just try.