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Top 5 favorite programs of Yuzuru Hanyu

4th place: “Phantom of the Opera” (Free Skate at the World Team Trophy, April 17th, 2015)

In my homecountry, Brazil, African religions have deep roots. Some of them use witchcrafts to “beat” their enemies, bringing to their lifes all kinds of plagues.

That said, once I saw Yuzu’s journey on the 2014-2015 season, I concluded that he was targeted by some deep witchcraft. Holy damn.

Back injury making him withdraw from Finlandia, THAT NASTY THING at China, unexpected and risky surgery after Nationals and sprained ankles. What the hell! Just by hearing that, you could say that it was a wasted season, but he was still able to win Nationals, the GPF and be the runner up at Worlds, missing the gold by three points. Three fucking points. With only two weeks of practice. And no quad at the free skate…

And at the end of this rollercoaster, Yuzuru was able to, FINALLY, skate his Phantom program cleanly. He got more points at Barcelona, mainly because he landed two quads there (at WTT, he turned his quad toe into a triple, as you may see), but it was in Tokyo that he got a performance closer to what he wanted, and in front of his homecrowd, helping Team Japan to get bronze at the competition.

I just hope that his performance as Abe No Seimei is able to keep the bad spirits faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar away from our Ice Prince.

“Running is flying*”

*When you walk, one foot is always on the ground. When you run, most of the time you are actually airborne. For example: a 6-foot-tall runner with feet about 1 foot long was found to take 1,250 steps while running 8-minute miles. Thus, while covering 1 mile–5,280 feet–he was in touch with the ground for 1,250 feet and airborne for 4,030 feet.

Put another way, he was in the air for 76% of the time. So don’t think of it as a 10-mile run. Think of it as 7 miles of flying.

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“Running is Flying”

By: Paul E. Richardson