2013 2014 season

“I have so much admiration for Michael Christian Martinez. Coming from the Philippines, from a poor family, doing the olympics at sixteen, and now 14th in 4cc! I wonder how he even got his country sports federation’s attention, or if there were kids who could compete against him when he was younger in his country. He really has to be amazingly talented and determined to achieve what he did”

The year in Yuri on Ice

Okay, so I wanted to know what the year in Yuri on Ice is. It felt like everyone is just assuming that it would be the current 16/17 season, but while we got several information on the month, we never got the year.

And as it turns out, it’s not 2016.

In the first episode we saw the results of Yuuri’s last Grand Prix Final.

Notice the logo at the top of the results?

It looks like the one from the GPF 2012 in Sochi, only mirror-inverted.

Then, in the latest episode we got another small explanation/recap how the Grand Prix Series works. And we get this logo of the current season:

And this is the logo of the GPF 2013:

Which doesn’t just look like the one in Yuri on Ice, it is the same exact one.

So, Yuri on Ice seems to be set during the 2013/2014 season. It also matches the order of the Cups. The events are not always in the same order, but in 2013 it was this:

  • 2013 Skate America: October  18–20
  • 2013 Skate  Canada: October  25–27
  • 2013 Cup of China: November  1–3
  • 2013 NHK Trophy: November  8–10
  • 2013 Trophée de France: November  15–17
  • 2013 Rostelecom Cup: November  22–24

I guess we could safely assume that this is the time frame for the Cups in the anime too. We didn’t get the date of the Cup of China in the anime, but this means, episode 6 is happening in the beginning of November.

(Edit: Thank you @lazuliblade for the reblog with all the added information. Everyone, check out this reblog for more timeline tidbits.)

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Tessa X Hairstyles: The Braid

Here’s different ways that Tessa has worn the braid hairstyle. She’s styling it in a ponytail for the 2013 GPF and for the Prince short dance, in a half updo for the 2013 part of Seasons and also in a bun. 

-2007/2008 Dare you to move exhibition (I really love the back design of this one)

- 2012/2013 And the waltz goes on sd (for one performance I think)

- 2013/2014 Seasons free dance (Finlandia Trophy, Skate Canada, TEB, GPF)

- 2016/2017 Prince short dance

I adore this look on her.

Once again the picture credits goes to their owners. @danielleearlphotography for the Prince short dance picture. ♥

Matthew McConaughey´s  Incredible Acting

True Detective

Dallas Buyers Club

Interstellar

Yuzuru Hanyu’s Mentality that Continues to Win.
–article by sports writer Toshimi Oriyama, from magazine ‘文藝春秋 2017年 02 月号’ (published in Jan 2017), translated by me.

(it’s a very long and good article)

Last year, in the figure skating Grand Prix Final (GPF) held in Marseille, France, Yuzuru Hanyu achieved a 4th consecutive victory, something that no one has done before. On the first day, his short programme (SP) was almost perfect and he was in 1st place, then 2 days later, for the free programme (FP), he made some mistakes. But he managed to escape the chase by younger skaters, Nathan Chen and Shoma Uno.

The 22 year-old, who is the Sochi Olympic gold medalist and who has since broken the world records a few times, thought back calmly about GPF 2016.
“As a goal, I am very proud of the 4th straight victory. But I am not satisfied with my performance. I am extremely 'kuyashii’ (frustrated/regretful) about the FP score which was in 3rd place. I did a good performance for SP and I thought if I did a fairly good one for FP, I could aim for world highest score; I need to review this point within myself.”

GPF is the high point of the first half of the season. It is a competition that shows the world’s best, similar to World Championship of the 2nd half. Hanyu’s 4th victory puts him on par with the 'emperor’ Evgeny Plushenko (Russia). However, for Hanyu, instead of the joy of victory, he felt more of the regret that he 'could not do a convincing performance’. And this ambition and hungriness is the mentality that is the source of Hanyu’s strength.

2010, Hanyu won the World Junior Championship, and the next season, he moved to the senior competitions. From that time, his supple and graceful performances already had a charm and the beauty of his jumps had a good reputation. Then, in 2011, in his hometown of Sendai, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck; that painful experience and recurring thoughts like “I think I will not be able to skate again” surely led him to grow as a person.

However, to possess that special mental strength to be able to stand at the highest point at the Olympics and to continue winning after that, there were 3 other turning points.
The presence of Patrick Chan (Canada) who was called 'the absolute champion’.
The 'kuyashii’ (regretful) gold medal at Sochi Olympics.
The accident at 2014 Cup of China.

Hanyu’s mental strength that could be seen in glimpses from the time of his debut, the 2013-2014 season added 'calmness’ and a 'spirit of study’ to that.
The year before, he had moved to the Cricket Club in Canada to train under Brian Orser and his abilities continued to blossom.
And there was a rival who was a big impetus for him. 3-time World champion Patrick Chan who also won GPF twice and was acknowledged to have the best skating skills in the world, plus huge battle strength on the big stage.

Hanyu faced Chan in 2 GP series competitions in 2013. The 1st one was Skate Canada where his score was lower than Chan’s by 27 points and the 2nd one was Trophee Eric Bompard where the gap was 32 points. He was 2nd place in both competitions and you could say it was a crushing defeat.

But these 2 straight losses caused Hanyu to change. Especially Chan’s clean performances at Trophee Eric Bompard that hit record scores for both SP and FP, “it was a trigger for me to look at my own abilities objectively”.
“I had nothing but respect and admiration for Patrick’s perfect performance. But at that competition, if both Patrick and I did perfect performances, I knew clearly how much of a gap there would be, and that made a big impact. At that time, I would have lost by about 5 points.”

No matter how perfectly he himself skated, there was a difference in the difficulty of jumps, the level of programme components and such; the reality was that if the opponent does not make mistakes, he (Hanyu) would lose. That was thrusted clearly at him in the form of results.
“To cover the gap between Patrick and me, there was a need to increase PCS. To do that, I had to relook at /improve my skating skills which is the foundation, and I had to be more aware of maintaining my expressive abilities during the run-through practice of the physically demanding programme. In addition, I had to get points for spins and steps, and higher GOE for jumps, I thought about all these things.”

Being conscious of the specific scores, having a strategy in the programme, he also came to have a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the practice that Coach Orser laid out for attaining high scores.

Also, he got a hint for his own growth from the words that Chan said.
During the press conference after the competition, sitting next to him, Chan was explaining in detail to the reporters how he was mindful about the way he used his body to express the music. Hanyu listened and “it was a good reference for my own performance”. After moving to Toronto, he had started learning English, so he probably understood the words between Chan and the reporter.

Hanyu at that time was only 19 (t/n. it was just before his 19th birthday). I have interviewed many athletes, not just figure skaters. But at press conferences of international competitions where foreign reporters overwhelm, even I feel that the nervousness is very pressurising. To turn that situation into a “learning area”, that 'spirit of desire’ deserves special mention.

When he received that impetus from Chan, at the same time there were words that made one feel the power of Hanyu’s inquiring mind. “Surrounded by reporters and being interviewed on-the-spot is useful,” he said.
“After a competition, media people surround me; in the exchange that I have with reporters, I can look back at my performance and talk about it right after I finish performing. I like to analyse my own performance, so it is very stimulating to have questions flying at me from various view points, and also, it enables me to think in a way that’s different from before. Interviews become a place for learning.”

Even veteran athletes find it hard to say something like this. It clearly shows his youth, and stemming from it, his frankness and inquiring mind.

The result of the impetus and learning points from Chan was seen quickly, at the GPF merely 3 weeks after the crushing defeat at Eric Bompard. Hanyu rewrote the world’s highest score for SP that was previously held by Chan, and his FP score was also his personal best. His total score was 13 points more than Chan and he won his first senior GPF.

Using the gold medal

Maintaining that energy/momentum was the key to the Olympic stage 2 months later.

His SP was a masterpiece and, for the 1st time in history, the score went above 100. He was in 1st place with 101.45. But for the FP, he fell at the 4S and 3F. He thought Chan who was 2nd after SP, would overtake him to be the winner. However, Chan also made mistakes and the result was that Hanyu won the gold medal.

“When I finished my performance, I thought the gold medal was not possible anymore. The failure of my FP made me realise the fearfulness of the Olympics, and I also felt the weight of the Olympics. I don’t know why but somehow my body could not move at all.”

The Olympic stage that’s once in 4 years. Participating for the first time and suddenly, he stood right at the top. Winning the first figure skating men’s gold medal for Japan, Hanyu decided immediately after that he would continue to evolve.

“In these next 4 years from now on, the pressure and the attention from the media and such, I think there will be a lot more of these extra things following me. In competitions, judges will not give me a higher evaluation just because I am an Olympic champion. How others see me does not matter. I myself must give a performance that’s worthy of a champion and really receive a gold medal evaluation. In this sense, I must make use of the position of 'Olympic Champion’. Because it is a chance for me to keep putting pressure on myself. Like telling myself, 'Oi, show us an Olympic champion-like performance! Hanyu Yuzuru, show some growth!’ (laughs)”

Then, the performance that left regrets on the Olympic stage, it became the will and desire to move forward to the next step. Thinking back, he said,
“For the FP at Sochi, if I had landed the quad salchow and done a no-miss performance, I would very likely be dragged by the Olympic champion result. Precisely because the Sochi gold medal was one that was carrying regretful thoughts, that’s why the present me exists. I got the Olympic gold medal at such a young age, and in addition, I received some problems to work on. As an athlete, this was really a lavish situation.”

A shocking collision

The season after Sochi, just as he said, he grew further, stepping his foot into unknown territory.
To prepare for the coming era of quads, he put a 4S and two 4Ts in his FP, and one of the 4T was in the 2nd half where more points would be given. To get used to this, he also put a 4T in the 2nd half of his SP. He spoke about the objective.
“It’s also preparation/groundwork for incorporating other kinds of quad jumps in future.”

However, his efforts met an unexpected setback at the 1st competition of the season, Cup of China (CoC). In the 6 minute warm-up before FP, there was an accident; he and Han Yan of China crashed into each other.
Blood could be seen dripping from Hanyu’s head (t/n. his chin) and there were screams from the audience. Coach Orser quickly called the doctors (t/n. U.S. team doctors came to help). After checking him, the doctors said there were no signs of concussion, but people around him told him not to skate.

However, Hanyu was stubborn. “I will skate.”

Orser reluctantly sent him into the rink, but of course, it was not the performance (that was planned). His whole body was battered and there was no strength, he fell a total of 5 times. What was pushing him on was his will power alone.
After this, he continued to compete until GPF, but the venture to make his performance one rank higher had to be shelved.

At the end of the year, due to intermittent abdominal pain, he went to the hospital for a checkup. He was found to have Urachal Remnant Disorder and underwent surgery. After that, he needed to rest and recover for one month. When he started to train again, he sprained his right ankle. Due to all this, he was 2nd in the World Championship that he was aiming for a 2nd straight victory. Even though he had a 2nd straight win at GPF, to him it was a year of stagnation.

After Worlds, he looked back on the season that was troubled by many accidents.
“The injuries and illnesses were hard on not only the body but on the mind/spirit as well. But even under those circumstances, I could at the very least leave some results; to me this experience was not not totally negative.
For the accident at CoC, there was insufficient attention on my part, so it triggered a re-looking at the way I entered into the competition, including the way I manage my body condition. And also, more than anything else, the way I was supported by my coaches and the people around me, it was a season where I felt it even more deeply than the Olympic season. All these experiences will be a plus in my competitive skating life, and also in my 2nd career after I retire.”

He also thought about the development of figure skating as a competitive sport. Based on his own accident, he said, “figure skating is a sport with an element of danger that can be a risk to life –that this is known to more people is a plus to the development of the sport.”  He also said he was happy that it gave rise to a tide of thoughts on what is necessary to prevent concussions and other life-threatening accidents.

No matter what 'minus’ elements there are, he transforms them into 'plus’, seizes them and looks ahead. As a reporter, this attitude of his amazes me from time to time.

Even when he is bleeding from his head, he is determined that he must go on with the competition; it was also due to the pride that comes because of achieving the title of Olympic champion (t/n. 'pride’ in the positive meaning). Hanyu very naturally has that on him.

The next season, 2015-2016, Hanyu once again challenged the programmes with a quad in the 2nd half.

In the 1st competition, Skate Canada, he was too conscious of the “quad in 2nd half” and made some unthinkable mistakes. As a result, he lost to Chan who had just returned from a year of rest.

However, it was different from before. Chan’s programme layout was lower in difficulty than his own, and he lost to Chan’s 'safe driving’ performance. It made him check/confirm if the direction and path that he was going was correct.
“Seeking even greater evolution is what is most like me.”

For his SP, in exchange for not having a quad in the 2nd half, he put 2 quads in the first half, 4S and 4T, making it even more difficult.
No matter what, he wants to challenge himself and this also raised his concentration power.  At the next competition, he scored 322.40, the first above-300 points in history. And then at GPF, he broke his own records with 330.43. With difficult programmes and clean performances back-to-back, it was a stunning victory over rivals Chan and Fernandez.

Storming through the 300-mark which no one has even touched before, Hanyu’s mental aspect has also reached that high level which normal people cannot comprehend.

“At Sochi Olympics, my free skate performance failed. When I finished, I thought 'the gold medal is gone’. And at that moment, I realised, 'ah, so I was conscious of the gold medal and I was nervous’. This time, that experience at Sochi was put to good use. Before entering the venue, I was aware that I was thinking 'I want to surpass 300 points’. So first, I acknowledged that I am thinking about that and putting pressure on myself, and then, 'if so, I have to do this’ and I think I controlled well my mental state.”

In a situation of being closely chased, the strength to look at himself calmly brought forth a spectacular feat.

For the 2016-2017 season, he decided on new challenges, having a quad loop in both SP and FP and a layout that’s more difficult. When 2016 started, the pain in his left foot (t/n. lisfranc injury) became worse, and after Worlds, even walking was not allowed and this restriction period continued for one and a half months. But in spite of that, he still aimed for further evolution.

Connection with the audience

But it was also an inevitable decision. The previous season, Boyang Jin (China) had 3 types of quads, including the most difficult (of the quads jumped til now) quad lutz, and 6 quads in total for SP and FP and he was 3rd in Worlds. Then Shoma Uno did the world’s 1st quad flip in the Team Challenge Cup in April.

Hanyu himself opened up the frontier of 300 points. Rising young skaters have quads as weapons to challenge him. And it’s not just about having quads, it is about the number of quads and how well they are done; this era of competition has come.

This season, in addition to jumps and layout, Hanyu is widening his range of expression. This can be said as his real value/ ability.

His SP is Prince’s 'Let’s Go Crazy’. It’s rock music that brings to mind his Sochi Olympics SP 'Parisienne Walkways’. FP is 'Hope and Legacy’ which is a combination of 2 pieces of piano music from Joe Hisaishi that Hanyu likes very much. They are 2 contrasting types of music. SP is an uptempo music that Hanyu is very good at; FP piano music has a rhythm and sounds that are harder to grasp for jump timing.
Having 2 completely opposite types of music was for raising his own expressive abilities. At GP Final which he won for the 4th consecutive time, he spoke of being aware of a 'connection with the audience’.

“This season’s SP, I am performing it like a rock star having a live concert, so it’s a programme that is not possible without the audience. In France (GPF), the audience also became very excited and it was very fun. Then for the FP, I could perform while feeling the music with my whole body. It’s different from the SP, it’s not a programme where the audience becomes more and more excited and clap and go WA!!! But during the performance, I could feel the gaze of the audience, and when I did my jumps, I could see there were people praying for me. I connected with the audience, in other words, our feelings became one, and I felt this happiness.”

Something that is in the beat and the meaning of the lyrics of Prince; abandoning yourself to the piano music of Joe Hisaishi and feeling the wind, the trees, the air and other things of nature. Sharing with the audience the world that you express through skating, wanting to create a programme that’s like having a conversation with the audience – that is one of the complete forms of figure skating which is sports and also art.

From TV and books etc, Hanyu studies the ways of thinking of athletes from other sports and reflects them in skating. He often says that this is his weapon. Recently, gymnast Kohei Uchimura who won a consecutive victory at Rio Olympics said, “I had to win, it was good.” Words in which you could feel the heavy pressure on someone who stood at the top, those words left a deep impression on him. Without being imprisoned by existing boundaries, he wants to pursue figure skating further and further, this is his thinking.

“Receiving the programmes from the choreographer, integrating jumps into it and performing it, that is my job/work. When all the jumps are completed beautifully, then it can be called a real performance. That is why I am so regretful (kuyashii); while adding in a new quad and doing a layout that’s more difficult than last season, I am still not able to make a new personal best score this season. If I speak my true feelings, I want to raise my scores and become the Yuzuru Hanyu that no one can catch.”

For his own growth, for figure skating as a sport, his desire/greed never fades, and this is his true strength as a skater. And it can also be said that this is why he makes us feel that for him there are infinite possibilities.

– original article by sports writer Ms.Toshimi Oriyama;  very sorry if I didn’t translate it well enough. 

INFINITE Checklist

KR albums / singles

  • First Invasion (2010)
  • Evolution (2011)
  • Inspirit (2011)
  • Over The Top (2011)
  • Paradise (2011)
  • Infinitize (2012)
  • New Challenge (2013)
  • Destiny (2013)
  • The Origin (2014)
  • Season 2 (2014)
  • Be Back (2014)
  • One Great Step Live (2014)
  • Paradise LP (2015)
  • Be Back LP (2015)
  • Reality (2015)
    –regular
    –limited edition
  • INFINITE Only (2016)
    –regular (8 photobooks: 7 members + group)
    –limited edition

JP albums / singles

  • Before The Dawn (2011)
    –limited A
    –limited B
    –normal edition
  • Be Mine (2012)
    –solid
    –pop art
    –innocent
  • She’s Back (2012)
    –normal
    –limited edition
  • Koi ni Ochiru Toki (2013)
    –normal
    –limited edition
  • Last Romeo -Kimi ga Ireba Ii- (2014)
    –limited A
    –limited B
    –normal edition
  • Dilemma (2014)
    –regular
    –limited with DVD
  • 24 Hours (2015)
    –one for each member (7)
    –regular edition
    –CD + DVD edition
  • For You (2015)
    –one for each member (7)
    –regular edition
    –CD + DVD edition
    –CD + Blu-Ray edition
  • Best of Infinite (2016)
    –regular edition
    –CD + DVD edition
    –CD + Blu-Ray edition

DVD releases

  • Infinite Japan 1st Live: Leaping Over (2012)
  • 2012 Infinite Concert: Second Invasion in Japan (2012)
  • Infinitize Showcase (2012)
  • Second Invasion: 1st Concert Live in Seoul (2012)
  • 2012 Infinite Concert: Second Invasion Evolution (2012)
    –normal
    –limited
  • Infinite 1st Arena Tour in Japan (2013)
  • 2012 Infinite Concert: That Summer (2013)
  • Destiny in America (2013)
  • One Great Step Returns (2015)
  • 2014 Infinite Concert: That Summer 2 (2015)
  • Grow (2015)
  • 2015 Infinite Japan Tour: Dilemma (2015)
  • Infinite Effect Advance Live (2016)

Solo / Units

  • Sunggyu - Another Me (2012)
  • Infinite H - Fly High (2013)
  • Sunggyu - 27 (2015)
  • Infinite H - Fly Again (2015)
  • Infinite F - Koi no Sign (2015)
  • Infinite F - Azure (2015)
  • Woohyun - Write.. (2016)

Other

  • Infinite Season’s Greetings (2012)
  • Infinite Season’s Greetings (2013)
  • L’s Bravo Viewtiful (2013)
  • L’s Bravo Viewtiful Part 2 (2013)
  • Infinite IDEA Photobook (2013)
  • Infinite Season’s Greetings (2014)
  • Infinite Season’s Greetings (2015)
  • Infinite Season’s Greetings (2016)

Shows / Box Sets

  • Infinite You’re My Oppa (2011)
  • My K-star Infinite MBC DVD Collection (2012)
  • Infinite Sesame Player (2012)
  • Infinite Ranking King (2013)
Rivalry AU prompt

At 18 (2013-2014 season), Katsuki Yuuri appears out of nowhere and snags the silver medal at the Grand Prix Final, right under Victor. No one is expecting him to go for gold at Worlds, however.

At the press conference, Victor Nikiforov, the silver medalist and recent Olympic champion, is cornered for a declaration on the unexpected development. Victor confidently declares he’ll never let a Worlds’ gold pass through the Japanese man’s hands ever again. Faced with that declaration, Yuuri is taken aback and hesitantly blurts out that in that case he’d do the same about the Grand Prix one.

It’s been 4 years and so far they’ve both kept true to their promise. But the Olympics are coming again.

This is Thomas “Tom” Wilson. Aka Willy. Aka Whip. He is #43 and a forward for the Washington Capitals. He is 6’ 4" (the tallest for the Caps) and he’s 22 years old.

Where do I start about Tom Wilson? Tom Wilson is flawless. I heard his hair is insured for $10,000. Lol jk but Willy is one of the pretty boys for the Caps.

Willy is the trifecta of superlatives for the Caps: prettiest, tallest, and most penalty minutes. This guy likes to scrap. A lot. We love him. Other teams hate him - naturally. He’s like the Tim Riggins of the Washington Capitals. Like you think he doesn’t care about anyone except for like one person besides himself but he fights a lot for his team. He also looks like Tim Riggins and his favorite TV show is actually Friday Night Lights so it fits (at least he did before he cut his hair).

Anyway Willy is 1/3 of the brobeans (or the other ½ if you stop counting Latta as a brobean since he’s all the way on the other side of the frickin country but I won’t stop). He used to be roommates with Michael Latta and Andre Burakovsky until Burt moved out for more privacy and room and then Latta didn’t get resigned with the Caps so he moved out to the LA area where he plays now. So now Willy is roommate-less. But like #CapsRoomies was the best thing ever. They did Twitter takeovers and Costco runs where they bought three bottles of ketchup because why not? They would cook together and have ping pong tournaments and wrestling matches before they got a TV (and after). They were literally one of the best bromances in the NHL that got broken up this summer (one of the many 💔). This year they were even each other’s Valentines - Latta confirmed. One time they were asked favorite date spots and Tom was like “he [Latta] takes me to Georgetown a lot”. Wilson and Latta grew up around the same area and had some of the same friends so they were like destined but the hockey gods are cruel. Anywho. Willy and Burkie also have a really endearing bromance and they were road roomies last year. Burt said that Willy is the person he would most like to have lunch with. They play fight at practice and they are basically the children of the Caps.

He was drafted 16th overall by the Washington Capitals in 2012 and began playing with them in 2013 during playoffs and then in the 2013-2014 season. He got into his first NHL fight before he scored his first goal. Willy is known for fighting and tbh some nasty hits that I’m not proud of because I want to love him a lot but I don’t like when he hurts people. He also gets a lot of unnecessary penalties that are legit because the refs just pull them out of their asses. Like he could get penalized for breathing. Anyway. That’s Tom Wilson. He’s great most of the time. Bye.

meet the pens: olli määttä

Originally posted by crosbye

Määttä was born on August 22nd, 1994, in Jyväskylä, FInland. He started playing hockey in 2000, after insisting that all of his peers were playing.

Originally posted by paulmartinamericanhero

Määttä has represented Finland in the IIHF World Juniors championships from 2011 to 2013, serving as an alternate captain at times. In 2014, he was invited to represent Finland in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics. He scored the final goal in a 5-0 victory over the United States in the bronze medal game. 

Originally posted by mannersmakth

Since joining the Penguins for the 2013-2014 season, Määttä has recorded 14 goals and 36 assists. Three of his goals came from power plays and one of his goals was short-handed. Two of his goals are also game winning goals.

Originally posted by so-hockey-eh

So far, Määttä has appeared in 135 NHL games and has recorded 32 total penalty minutes in his career with the Penguins.

Originally posted by mariefin

Some fun facts about Määttä (according to interviews/articles): 

-his favorite book is the English Dictionary 

-he’s a fan of the following foods: mushroom soup, lasagna, licorice, and Swedish berries (candy)

-he collected/traded hockey cards as a kid 

-he admitted to crying during the Pokemon movie (no shame)

-his least favorite subject in school was Swedish

-HE BEAT CANCER. And remained calm at all times during the process of getting his tumor removed!

Originally posted by paulmartinamericanhero

Olli Määttä is an absolute BEAST and we are so lucky to have him on our team!

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