Is it possible for two of the top three skaters at Worlds to compete in the same Grand Prix competition. For example, if Medvedeva and Osmond were both assigned to the NHK Trophy, it is possible or completely against the rules?
Places 1-3 at Worlds usually don’t meet each other on the GP, and same for places 4-6, in order to give the top skaters a better chance of making the GPF. But this is only a guideline and sometimes assignments don’t follow it - for example, Daisuke Takahashi and Yuzuru Hanyu were both assigned to 2012 NHK Trophy despite finishing 2nd and 3rd at 2012 Worlds. Brian Joubert and Florent Amodio, who finished within the 4-6 at 2012 Worlds, were both assigned to 2012 TEB. Fans speculated that the JSF and FFSG “swapped” skaters on purpose in order to get their best skaters at their home events. So the grouping guidelines are usually followed, but not always.
Cathy Reed and Chris Reed, NHK Trophy 2012 (Free Dance)
MY GOD THAT’S LOUD. I… I might love it?
Okay, bear with me here. I think the black lines separating the bright colors on Cathy’s dress are what make this for me. It’s like 50s mod style meets stained glass. And HOW MUCH do I love that Chris is wearing a matching loud tie here? I wish he had matching cuffs too, honestly, but I’ll take a tie.
Also this is to THE BEATLES. How much do I wish more skaters went this flashy when they skated to popular music that will probably get flagged on YouTube as copyright infringement?
Grade: You know what? A+, if for no other reason than that this is a Beatles skate.
When I first discovered Yuzuru, almost 3 years ago, this was one of my go-to programs to watch to pick me up when I felt sad. Today I felt stressed and not like myself, so I turned to this video and knew it would make me feel so much better.
Not only is this one of my favorite exhibition programs of his, but the lyrics are so inspiring:
“Don’t give up! No matter how hard tomorrow will be, your life will shine brightly. One flower stands alone in the wind. We can become flowers, too.”
This is only a small portion of the incredibly inspiring song by the incredible Fumiya Sashida, who is now one of my favorite Japanese artists.
You can look at so many of Yuzuru’s latest gala programs and find them incredibly beautiful (like Requiem from last season, or this season’s The Swan), but this song and this program have stuck by me for more than two years.
I know that if Yuzu can overcome so much more than just some stress, then I can too.
[Yuzuru Hanyu A - Z] – H for Hana ni Nare & Hana wa Saku
Both Hana ni Nare and Hana wa Saku are exhibition numbers that were created for the people of the Tohoku area that were affected by the 2011 disaster.
Hana ni Nare was first skated in the gala of the 2012 NHK Trophy, which was held in Sendai, Yuzuru’s hometown and one of the most affected cities.
Hana wa Saku was first produced as a music video in 2014, after Yuzuru had become Olympic Champion, and later broadcast on national TV.
Flowers are a very important symbol in Japan. Both songs hold the meaning that – even at disastrous times – flowers will bloom and bring beauty, strength, hope, and new life to the world, and that the victims have that same strength as well.
Hana ni Nare was choreographed by Kenji Miyamoto, Hana wa Saku was choreographed by Nanami Abe. Both numbers are collaborations with musician Fumiya Sashida.