Thoughts of an absolute champion, challenges of a 20 year-old: (translation)
[Yuzuru Hanyu who turned 20 on the 7th of this month (Dec), was asked: What does it mean to be an adult?]
Y : To have a sense of responsibility for one’s own actions. To be able to think properly ‘what should I do’ and act on it. That is what I think a man should be like. If I imagine, it’s Tatsuki-kun.
Machida (after Worlds 2014): “I’ve skated for 20 years and this was the best fight.”
[His rival, Tatsuki Machida, a skater and a person of expression who does not waver. Well then, if you persevere along your own path, will you be able to become an adult? Is Yuzuru Hanyu an adult?]
Y : No. I’m a child. I still don’t have a sense of responsibility for my actions. In many things, I’m wilful, self-centred…. like 'I hate this’ or 'I want to do this’, I am very stubborn.
[Scenes from: 8 Nov Cup of China (after collision with Han Yan during 6-min warm-up), 29 Nov NHK Trophy 4th place, 13 Dec GP Final champion.]
Y : 'Olympic champion’, said every time, isn’t it? Olympic champion-kind of performance, that kind of performance. But it’s not related. But from now on, it will always follow me. As a skater, I still want to continue with this wilful/self-centred state. Because I don’t want to change my own belief. I want to go on being wilful, stubborn, someone who hates to lose.
Y : What I dwell on is 'what do I want to do, what should I do’. For that competition, think about what I want to do, is that possible or not, this is most important I think.
[It is not only the passing of time that will make a child into an adult.]
Y : I think that by skating, human nature will get polished. There is 'hard work’, a lot of 'winning and losing’, a lot of 'frustration’, a lot of 'happiness’. Amidst all this, experiencing many different things, to be an adult that is me, to say firmly “I have grown up!”… I want to become a human being that can be proud of that.
[Things that change when you become an adult, things that don’t change even when you become an adult. That answer can surely be found in skating.]
[Japanese nationals 2014- Hanyu senshu is now warming up, with Coach Orser watching over him. If you remember, in 2008, it was in this place that Hanyu-senshu made his debut in the nationals and took his first step towards being the Olympic champion. (t/n Yuzuru was the Japanese Junior champ in 2008 and was invited to compete in the senior nationals for the 1st time.) Since then, 6 years have passed. Hanyu-senshu’s new challenge will begin from here in Nagano.]
(Yuzu’s words are in bold)
– Translated by me. Not 100% of video, some narration is summarised or left out. If there are mistakes, I apologise. Please let me know, thanks!
reasons why the MARO parade of champions is special
same venue every year that, when updated, only changes the ballroom panels and chandeliers slightly
no backdrop behind the stage, we used to have a black curtain but one guy fell behind the stage into the curtain at the 2008 parade of champs so that was the last year we had that
in recent years, champions have danced out to hit songs from popular artists such as Ke$ha and Nikki Minaj
the roll-clap side-step thing while dancers are waiting to do their step (credit to Kevin Broesler for the tradition of that choreography)
we always wait to have one big parade of champs with everyone at the end on Sunday, not individual ones on each day
there’s at least 4 or 5 former and/or current World Champions in the parade every year
there are literally so many people packed into this ballroom and even the hotel staff are clapping along side-stage and kids and teachers and families are practically touching the stage because they’re so close
there is always a fire marshal that threatens to kick everyone out of the Marriott because its so crowded”