2011 grand prix

The men of figure skating: heading into the 2017-2018 season

Once upon a time, in a frosty February day in 2010, Evgeni Plushenko was standing unimpressed on the second step of the podium. He had come to win his second consecutive Olympic gold and become the first figure skater to do so since Dick Button. But as he was standing on the second step of the podium, an orange bro whose name was Evan came and sh00k his hand and climbed on the highest step. Little did the orange bro know that his stunt at that competition (not attempting any quads at all due to a stress fracture sustained in the previous season) would give birth to what we call today the quad generation. Evgeni would have probably sold his soul to Putin the devil just so he could finally play with the kids he’s been looking for all his life. So here we are in the eve of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the top 6 men can execute at least two different types of quads and Yuzuru Hanyu will probably never retire unless he lands the 4A in competition, the only quad (4 and a half revolutions) that has never been landed before and will probably never continue to be landed on a regular basis due to the difficulty and increased injury risk. Unlike the ladies field, the men have the “big 6″ who are very likely to lock the first 6 positions at the Olympics and then there’s the rest. I will focus on these 6 skaters under the cut and make a list of other skaters to look out for because ice is slippery and you never know. 

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Yuri on Ice Timeline

Alright, so I spent all last night (literally) checking dates and confirming schedules because I’m in that deep. There’s no saving me now. And I thought I’d go ahead and break down the timeline I have come to the conclusion is as close to YOI canon as possible. 

There are gaps where I don’t have information to substantiate what happened - and if and when Season 2 comes out or as I’m going through series 1 with a fine-toothed comb , I should find more I shall add it in. 

**Edited 1/14/17 to include new information** 

**NOTE: (4/23/17) These dates/years are incorrect, but the order they happened (While not infallible) should be pretty close. We have been given NEW NEW information placing the China Cup in 2015, which shifts everything forward by a year. Let me reiterate that I am not an expert, and that YOI takes place in an alternate universe so as to avoid copyright infringement and lawsuits.** 

Speculation will be in Italics. 

Alright, so here we go! 

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December 25,1985 1984: Victor is born!

November 29,1989 1988: Yuuri is Born!

March 1, 1998 Yuri Plisestky is born!

1998 Makkachin is born!

1997 Minami Kenjiro is born!

1991-1997: Yuuri begins skating

  • Can’t really tell how old he is, but he looks to be somewhere between 4 and 6 years old which is pretty consistent with when skaters start. 


2001: Feb 26-March 2 Junior World Championships Sofia, Bulgaria 

  • At 16 Victor Nikiforov wins Gold at the Junior World Championships

2001-2003: Victor continues to compete , Yuuri’s Junior Debut

  • whether Victor competes at the Junior or Senior level is unclear. A skater can continue to compete at the junior level until the age of 19, after which they must switch to Senior division. 
  • competitors must be at least 13 years old and not older than 19 by July 1 of that year. 
  • However, we can guess that since Yuuri is aiming to skate at Victor’s level, it’s likely that Victor was already competing at the Senior level by the time Yuuri made it to the Juniors.

2003-2005: Victor and Yuuri continue to compete and rise through the ranks

2006: Feb 10-26 Winter Olympics in Turin 

  • Victor potentially competes as an Olympian @ age of 21
  • Based on Johnny Weir’s career which seems to have heavily influenced Kubo-san’s choices for Victor’s. (Weir didn’t place on the podium, but he participated. Additionally, another potential for Victor’s career - Evgeni Plushenko - competed and won gold in Turin)

2008: December 10-14 Grand Prix Final (Goyang, Korea)

  • Victor wins his first Grand Prix Final gold medal @ 23 years old 
  •  just as an aside - Prize earnings of 272K USD for Senior GPF division

2009: December 2-6 Grand Prix Final (Tokyo, Japan) 

  • Victor wins second consecutive Grand Prix Final Gold Medal @ 24 years old
  • Yuuri moves to the U.S. to train at a top facility in Detroit, 1st year of College

2010: March 22-28 World Figure Skating Championships (Turin, Italy)

  • Victor wins first WFSC Gold Medal

2010: December 8-12 Grand Prix Final (Beijing, China)

  • Victor wins Third consecutive Grand Prix Gold Medal @ 25 years old
  • Yuuri’s continues to train in Detroit, 2nd year of College

2011: April 25-May1 World Figure Skating Championships (Moscow, Russia)

  • Victor wins second consecutive WFSC Gold Medal 

2011: December 8-11 Grand Prix Final (Quebec, Canada)

  • Victor wins Fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final Gold Medal @ 26 years old
  • Yuuri continues to train in Detroit, 3rd year of college

*****2012-2013 Skating Season*****

2012: March 26-April 1 World Figure Skating Championships (Nice, France)

  • Victor wins 3rd consecutive WFSC Gold Medal

2012: October Southern Regional Championships

  • Yuuri qualifies for Grand Prix Circuit at Southern Regional Championships

2012: November Grand Prix Final Qualifier Series

  • Yuuri participates in 2 of the Grand Prix Series Qualifiers, but does not specify which two. 
  • Yuuri places well and qualifies for the Grand Prix Final in Sochi

2012: Dec 6-9 Grand Prix Final, Sochi, Russia 

  • Yuuri competes but falls to last place
  • Victor wins 5th consecutive Grand Prix Final gold @ 27 years old
  • Victor qualifies for the Olympic Figure Skating Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

2012: Dec. 20-24 Japanese National Championships

  • Yuuri suffers another big loss at the Japanese Nationals according to his explanation in episode 1 of how his last year has gone. 
  • Yuuri’s 4th year of college

2013: February 6-11 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships (Osaka)

  • Yuuri fails to qualify for Four Continents

2013: March 11-17 World Figure Skating Championships London, Quebec, Canada

  • Yuuri fails to qualify for World Championships
  • Victor wins 4th consecutive WFSC gold medal 

2013 March - July 31 End of 2012-2013 Season

  • Yuuri makes the decision to take a break from competition and focuses on school.
  • Yuuri doesn’t imply that he breaks ties with Celestino until after he fails at the 2013 Japanese National Championships (likely due to lack of dedication to skating since his failure at the 2012 Japanese National Championships. Yuuri states that he had lost his love of skating and he was looking to regain that by copying Victor’s routine after returning home in March 2014) 

*****2013-2014 Skating Season*****

2013: August beginning of 2013-2014 season

2013: September - Novemer Grand Prix Qualifiers Senior Division

  • it is implied that Yuuri doesn’t compete during this season

2013: Dec 5-8 Grand Prix Final at Fukuoka, Japan

  • Victor likely at GPF Fukuoka

2013: Dec 20-23 Japanese National Championships (Saitama, Japan) 

  • Yuri states in episode 5 during the Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu Championship in 2014 that he hadn’t competed since ‘last year’s Nationals’. 
  • This was his last competition before the Hot Springs on Ice Exhibition Skate-off against Yurio. 

2014: January 20-26 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships (Taipei)

  • Nothing Canon Mentioned - some of our international skating friends are probably skating in the Four Continents, though. So there we go. 
  • It’s mostly here to help me keep track of time. It’s a good place-holder.

2014: February 7-23 Winter Olympics (Sochi, Russia)

  • It is heavily implied that Victor competes as part of the olympic team at the Sochi 2014 olympics. He is shown wearing the uniform at the Sochi GPF, which was a test event for the Sochi Olympic team, and he is wearing it again at the 2014 WFSC. 

2014: March Yuuri goes home, Victor competes at World Figure Skating Championships (Saitama, Japan)

  • Yuuri graduates early March 2014
  • Breaks off with Coach Celestino Cialdi
  • Late March (probably 24-30) Returns home to Hasetsu to consider his future 
  • March 24-30 Victor lands 5th consecutive Gold at the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan

2014: April Yuuri performs tribute, Victor flies to Japan

  • Early April, Victor and Yurio return home to St. Petersburg after the WFSC
  • Yuuri performs his tribute skate for Yuuko at the Ice Palace
  • April 10th - Triplets post video of Yuuri skating his tribute piece, it goes viral
  • Some time April 10th or later Victor sees video of Yuuri - applies for Visas and heads off to Japan
  • Probably late April, Yurio follows Victor to Japan when he finds out where Victor went to make good on a promise the older skater made him. 
  • Late April, possibly May (Depends on how long it took to get the Visas for a long-term stay in Japan for Victor and a short-term for Yurio) - Hot Springs on Ice Skate-off at Hasetsu Castle Ice Palace
  • Mostly likely end of April - May Yurio loses and heads back to Russia to continue training with Yakov and begins training with Lilya

2014: May - July 31 End of 2013-2014 Skate Season

*****2014-2015 Skating Season*****

2014: August - beginning of 2014-2015 Season. Everyone in hard-core training mode. 

  • Yurio training with Lilya for his Senior Debut
  • Yuuri training under Victor for Grand Prix Finals and creating ‘Yuri on Ice’ routine 
  • Phichit moves back to Thailand to train 

2014: October Southern Regional Championships, Japan Yuuri’s Grand Return

  • **Note: In episode 1, Yuuri explains that Southern Regional Championships happen in October - maybe this is the actual competition we’re looking at, rather than All-Japan which happens in December and would have made it impossible for Yuuri to qualify for the 2014-2015 Grand Prix Final. 
  • Looking at a map of Japan, it appears that all three prefectures are in the south, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the championship titled  “ The Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu Championship” is referring to the qualifier in October. 
  • Victor’s Debut as Coach
  • Yuuri Debuts Collaborative Routine choreographed by Victor “Yuri on Ice”
  • Yuuri places first and qualifies for Grand Prix Circuit

2014: November 7-9 Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix Qualifier Senior Division

  • Yuuri competes and takes first place

2014: November 13-16 China Cup Grand Prix Qualifier Senior Division

  • Makkachin chokes on buns and Victor goes back to Japan
  • Yuuri has meltdown and ends up placing 4th, still qualifies for Grand Prix Final, though only barely managing to squeak in. 
  • Yurio takes 1st place 

2014: December 11-14 Grand Prix Finals, Barcelona Spain

  • Yuuri and Victor get engaged 
  • Yuuri wins Silver at his 2nd Grand Prix Final with Victor as coach
  • Yurio wins Gold by a mere .12 point difference at his Senior Debut on the professional Grand Prix circiut
  • Victor announces his return to the competitive circuit for next season

2014: Mid December Yuuri moves to St. Petersburg with Victor

———— Here is where it all becomes speculation but based on Kubo-san’s adherence to the real life skating championship schedules, here is a list of stuff we may see in Season 2 ——– 

December 2014-March 2015 Yuuri and Victor training for upcoming WFSC in St. Petersburg with guidance from Yakov

  • Victor learns how to be a better coach
  • Victor struggles to get back into competitive condition and create a new routine for the WFSC in just a few months
  • Yuuri gets world-class instruction from both Victor and Yakov as an assistant coach (You bet Yakov isn’t going to just stand by and let Victor mess up a perfectly good world-class skater out of sheer inexperience as a coach) 
  • Yurio struggles with constant gross-out (omg Dads are embarrassing) BUT finds that fighting spirit and determination to continue to grow as a skater with Victor and Yuuri there to keep his ego in check. 
  • Our boys grow closer together as a couple
  • Yuuri’s confidence grows as a skater and this late bloomer begins to show tf up. Boy gets TURNT. 
  • Friendly rivaly/ Frenemies relationship between Yuuri and Yurio develops

March 23-29 2015 World Figure Skating Championships, Shanghai China

  • Victor returns to the ice as competitor and coach
  • Yuuri competes for the first time at the same level as Victor
  • We see a return of several skaters which may include Giacometi and Seong-gil, as we saw them in the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships placing 2nd and 3rd behind Victor. 
  • Yurio likely also competing (expect shenanigans) - if he isn’t competing he’ll likely be there to heckle at the very least. 

April - August 2015 Hardcore Training and Prep for the Grand Prix Final 2014-2015 season

October - November GPF Qualifiers Senior Division

Oct 23-25 Skate America
Oct 30-Nov 1 Skate Canada
Nov 6-8 Cup of China
Nov 13-15 Eric Lumbard France 
Nov 20-22 Rostelecom Cup Russia
Nov 27-29 NHK Trophy

  • Our boys struggle against a super busy schedule and potentially having to be apart while they both compete in qualifiers. 
  • We get confirmation that they are incapable of surviving without each other. 

December 10-13 Grand Prix Final Barcelona Spain 

  • I expect to see all three of our boys at the GPF. 
  • The REAL Dance-off Battle begins 
  • Yuuri wins Gold against some probably staggering odds. 
  • Marriage Proposal On The Ice - world figure skating fandom explodes 
  • Nose bleeds and bodies everywhere 

((and then we hit utter fantasy … )) 

2016 World Figure Skating Championships

  • Victor has retired as competitive skater - takes up full-time coaching
  • Yuuri competing as top-ranking skater
  • Yurio still grossed out

2016 Grand Prix Final Marsielle

  • Pep talk for Minami Kenjirou for his first Grand Prix Final 
Inazuma Eleven Translations

General

Inazuma Heroes 10 Years Later Predictions (Animage June 2011)

Otomedia 2013 - Valentine’s Special

IE Drama CD Preview (Animage September 2010)

Gouenji Shuuya

Nishigaki Yuka and Tano Megumi’s Commentary about Ishido Shuuji (Prince Animage 2012)

Kidou Yuuto

Q+A with Yoshino Hiroyuki about Kidou’s role in the Best Eleven (Animage 2014)

Kazemaru Ichirouta

Anime Grand Prix Male Character Division (Animage June 2011)

Anime Grand Prix Male Character Division (Animage June 2012)

Animage June 2012 Highlight: Inazuma’s 2012 Grand Prix Takeover - Nishigaki Yuka (Kazemaru Ichirouta) interview (Animage June 2012)

Q+A with Nishigaki Yuuka about Kazemaru 10 years later (Animage 2012)

Assemble! One-eyed boys! Interview with Ayahi Takagaki, Megumi Tano and Yuka Nishigaki about Kurama, Sakuma and Kazemaru (Animage 2012)

Q+A with Nishigaki Yuuka about Kazemaru’s role in the Best Eleven (Animage 2014)

Fubuki Shirou

Anime Grand Prix Male Character Division (Animage June 2011)

Q+A with Miyano Mamoru about Fubuki 10 years later (Animage 2012)

Fudou Akio

Kaji Yuuki and Konno Jun Special Interview - Fudou Akio Focus (Animage October 2010)

Sakuma Jirou

Quick Q+A with Megumi Tano about adult Sakuma (Animage Prince 2012)

Quick Q+A with Megumi Tano about Sakuma’s role in Teikoku GO (Animage 2012)

One-eyed boys, assemble! Interview with Ayahi Takagaki, Megumi Tano and Yuka Nishigaki about Kurama, Sakuma and Kazemaru (Animage)

Megumi Tano Interview - 10 Years Later, Sakuma still hasn’t graduated from Penguins! (Animage)

Aphrodi

Let Your Wishes Ride On The Wings of a God - Sanpei Yuuko Interview (Prince Animage 2012)

Q+A with Sanpei Yuuko about Aphrodi’s role in the Best Eleven (Animage 2014)

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9ri/Pat’s List of Skaters to Watch in Sochi Olympics

Carolina Kostner (Team Italy)
Sochi would be her 3rd Olympics. She is the 2012 World champion, a 5-time European champion, and the 2011 Grand Prix Final champion. She is also a medalist at 4 other World Championships, 4 other European Championships, and 3 other Grand Prix Finals, the 2003 World Junior bronze medalist, and a 7-time Italian national champion.

SP: Ave Maria (Schubert)
LP: Bolero