and all their quads

Now that I think about it, the only directly figure skating-related thing that Victor taught Yuuri as a coach was a quad flip. That’s it.

Yuuri could do all triple jumps (including the axel) and a quad toeloop before Victor became his coach, and the person who taught him the quad Salchow was Yurio, not Victor (although I have a feeling the latter would have helped him polish it).

In terms of skating, Victor was mostly responsible for his choreography, apart from the quad flip, since Yuuri could already perform elaborate, beautiful step sequences and spins much earlier in his career (if his practice session with Yuuko where they mimicked Victor’s programs are any indication of Yuuri’s predisposition to skate beautifully, which I think they are).

But what Victor gave him as a coach was not figure skating skills and I think that’s the point. Yuuri already had the skills, he was already amazing. But like the unreliable narrator he is, he refused to acknowledge it, much preferring to call himself ‘a dime a dozen figure skater’ than actually realizing how good he really is. This can mostly likely be blamed on his perfectionism and his low self-esteem (both traits quite reliant on each other). What Victor did was helped him find the confidence to say “Yes, I want a gold medal at the GPF, and fuck yes, I think I’m good enough to get it” (not the exact phrasing, but you get it). I think it would even be fair to say that the reason Yuuri even wanted to learn the quad flip was because he finally considered himself worthy enough to succeed in it. It was Victor’s - his lifelong idol’s - signature move and Yuuri was finally able to say “I want to do that and I can do that.” Talk about quad flipping everyone off.

And Victor’s choreography also cannot be dismissed, as in the programs he created for Yuuri, he did put a heavy focus on complex step sequences and spins that really let Yuuri’s strengths shine.

And even aside from all of that, Victor was what Yuuri needed for a long time - mental support. Of course, he’s had his family and his friends and Minako and Celestino and Phichit but even with all that he still didn’t feel loved or appreciated. It seems like Victor was the first person who actually cared, who took the time to sit down, understand him and try to help him with any and all issues he had with himself. Victor went out of his way to learn about him and take him and his problems seriously, and this was most likely what made Yuuri realize that his friends and family and everyone else had been trying to do similar things - he just kept shutting them out, keeping to himself.

So while it may seem that Victor hasn’t given Yuuri much in terms of actual skating - only a quad flip (which can actually be a powerful weapon, even if it seems like only one jump) - he has been a catalyst that helped Yuuri realize things about himself, come to terms with his shortcomings, notice his strengths and finally skate closer to his full potential than ever before.

And while of course Victor can’t and shouldn’t be credited for everything Yuuri can do and has achieved, all of this certainly makes me think that Victor is indeed a good coach.

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Things I need to happen (to men) at Worlds in Hel(l)sinki 2017

1. Yuzuru Hanyu winning the World Title again (with deserving performances please) 
2. The Wedding Pose ritual on the podium
3. Shoma Uno and Yuzuru Hanyu on the podium because otherwise 2. won’t be possible
4. Yuzuvier-Bromance-moments, being it at practice sessions, on the podium, at the gala or all three
5. Respect for all skaters by all fans AFTER the competition (because hate towards skaters is just meeeeh)
6. A great Gala with group coreography, funny skaters and much dorkiness
7. Yuzuru Hanyu being able to skate clean and smile like a ray of sunshine
8. No case of annoyingly obvious overscoring (is that possible?)


EDIT:

@crazykuroneko 

9. In a perfect world, I want a repeat of GPF2015 podium (so no one will forget uncle Javi again) 

@lostadult

10. Nathan Chen still being a quad machine because if all of the above still comes true despite this, that just means everyone went absolutely wild with the jumps out there on the ice. 
11. Yuzuru Hanyu’s clean skate extends to the gala because his exhibition program is absolutely divine. 

@skylarpalooza

12. To watch the live stream without it cutting out at CRUCIAL MOMENTS

@myjunkisyuzuruhanyu

13. No Shoma in tears like last year, because my heart could not survive another heartbreak like this again!
14. For every skater a satisfying performance, no debakel with lots of falls! 

@soojong127

15. Shoma being able to skate clean and finishing with a smile :3

@ge–yo

16.  lots of cute or funny interaction between skaters

We’ve quite a list now! I totally agree! Come one, at least some points should happen, okay? 

Feel free to expand this list. Any wishes for Worlds?

Shoutout to:

Nonbinary people who are sapphic/wlw.
Nonbinary people who are achillean/mlm.
Nonbinary people who are diamoric/nblnb.

Nonbinary people who are lunarian or female aligned.
Nonbinary people who are solarian or male aligned.
Nonbinary people who are stellarian.

Nonbinary people who are femine or masculine, both or neither.

And of course shoutout to those genderfluid people who just jump around and over these labels like it’s parkour.

And also to bi-, pan-, poly, tri, quad-, quid- and all multigender peeps who might collect them like stickers.

You’re all amazing human beings and I wish good luck to you all in this weird and strange world.

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Jump Base Values of the top competitors at 4CC! (Shoma’s, Boyang’s and Nathan’s are updated on the right of their pics)

So the quadmadness gives them these Base Values if performed clean.

According to the base values following FP standings:
1. Boyang Jin BS 95.18
2. Nathan Chen BS 91.96
3. Shoma Uno BS 89.04
4. Yuzuru Hanyu BS 87.53
5. Patrick Chan BS 77.16


(But remember GOEs and PCS are also an important part of the scoring and last but not least, only Nathan Chen completed his layout clean once at his Nationals. Everyone else has not been able to hit those layouts before. Changes after the GPF were only made by the sQUAD.)

Hopefully all the madness does not end in endless failing quad attempts.

Thanks

@magicaleggplant

for creating the base value pictures. (the link here: https://twitter.com/magicaleggrolls/status/831664024614006785)

4cc 2017 mens fs toughts

Ohh i just got it!  Yuzu is just collecting 4CC silver medals (just like at Skate Canada). Just kidding, you’ll get your revenge at worlds (or i hope so) just don’t kill yourself trying a quad axel please. That safety quad toe tough, i mean, he was just like: mmm i popped that sal … so i’m gonna throw a quad toe as my second to last jumping pass, because i can do a quad toe while picking my nose (Brians words not mine). This was a great performance still, he’s an incredibly well rounded skater, i love that the jumps don’t take you out of the program, they melt into the choreo, i still think this program needs to be completely clean for it’s magic to work tough.

……And apparently Shoma is collecting bronze medals. Why the axel Shoma, you landed all the quads, but of course you fell on both axels, why the combos, whyyyy (at leat you didn’t have a dead chicken on you shoulder while doing it). I have faith you’ll seek redemption at worlds, but please the combos Shoma!!. Still the flow across the ice and the expression is fantastic. He really gets into the program no matter what (also bonus for the fall right on the music)

Nathan was really good, i just can’t get into that free skate, he’s a good skater, but i wish he had a programs that made him emote a little more, he hits the musical accents and has good posture and lines, he’s quite pleasing to watch, but i just don’t feel anything while watching (with this program at least, but that’s just me). However i am amazed at his technical ability at least jump wise, i mean 5 quads is very impressive. 

Patrick. Oh Patrick, it started sooo well, you almost had me fooled for a sec. However, it was a beautiful performance none the less. He really is an amazing skater. The flow, the speed,the posture, the extension, the deep edges and the complete body movement is quite fantastic (and let me tell you, skating skills like that take an incredible amount of effort, strength and freakish control over your body) 

Han Yan bombed and i was so sad, he’s such a great skater tough. Great skating skills. However i must say i kinda hate his fs music, the voiceovers are way too cheesy. Lovely skater still and i hope he can make a come back at worlds. 

Boyangman also kinda bombed, but he never gives up on the performance which is quite nice to see, he seems like a very positive guy, he was still smiling in the k&c. I like that he’s trying to work on his components, which apparently has affected his quad a little, but he’s way more enjoyable to watch this season than last. And extra bonus points for flirting with the judges

Jason was absolutely beautiful as always, but his injury seems to have kept him from a clean free, but this was a great effort. And boy he also has beautiful skating skills, so smooth and those spirals, and transitions in general, are nothing to snooze at.

The star of the night for me at least was Misha, i haven’t seen such a clean program from him, and it was amazing, he moves along with the music beautifully and his expression is just wonderful. Two beautiful programs for this competition, i’m very happy for him. I hope hell stick around for a little longer so we’ll be able too see his full potential when not injured.

I watched others, but what can i say, the whole compretition was a little of a splatfest. Like we expected anyways. The real question is if Pyeongchang is going to be a massive fs meltdown like Sochi. 

sorry for the long rant :D

ps: sorry for the typos and terrible punctuation, i’m sleep depraved and writing in english gets hard at 4 am

QUAD HISTORY

I’m so honoured to witness such advancements in sport, artistically and athletically.

It’s astounding to see the list of all those involved in even attempting such risky manoeuvrers. I’m so thankful for all of them and their coaching teams.
(ref:X)

This 2016 - 2017 season, history has been made. All 4 revolution jumps have been landed in competition. (Since a quad Axel = 4.5 technically.)


Quad Toe-Loop

Kurt Browning of Canada was the first man to land a quad in competition.

He landed the quad toe at the 1988 Worlds. Making it the first quad to be ratified.

(I really know I’m obsessed with this sport because I went on and watched the top 5 programmes of that competition).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxpCu8wRv14


Quad Salchow

Timothy Goebel 1998 Junior Grand Prix Finals - of the United States became the first man to successfully land a quadruple Salchow, and in particularly, a quad Salchow in combination.

https://youtu.be/qKVmwcM_ssg


Quad Lutz

Brandon Mroz landed the first successful quad Lutz in a sanctioned competition. On November 12, he landed a ratified quad Lutz at the NHK Trophy, becoming the first skater to land successfully a quad Lutz in international competition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP4lLmK6TPU


Quad Flip


Shoma Uno became the first skater to ever land a quadruple Flip at an international competition. In April 2016, ratified at the Team Challenge Cup,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmOBgXZy_Vs


Quad Loop

Yuzuru Hanyu becomes the first skater in history to successfully land a quadruple Loop (also known as the “Rittberger” in Europe) in competition, at the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk1Bcr_3Ufw

Quadmania...

First, congrats to Nathan Chen! He accomplished something amazing and his jumps are no joke. Seriously, no joke at all. I’m a Yuzuru fan but Nathan won fair and square, and he deserved it.

I think the competition did highlight something for me though… and that’s the issue with the current judging system. If the system is pushing skaters to just go for all the quads at the expense of giving an artistic performance, than the system sucks. Sure, you can say the PCS is for artistry, but the points you get for adding another quad into your program completely overwhelm the PCS. If skaters want to win, then objectively the best way to do that is to add a shit-ton of really hard jumps, even if your PCS score takes a hit. As a spectator, I really hate that. 

The reason why I find Yuzuru’s skating enjoyable is because his programs are NOT built around his jumps; instead, the quads (and all other jumps) flow logically inside of his program. There is a HUGE difference in artistic quality between those two approaches to choreography. To me, there are very few skaters whose choreo falls into the latter group. Why is that? Because the judging system rewards jumping more than artistry. Of course, artistry is subjective, and scoring needs to have a measure of objectivity, but I still think there could be a better balance between the two.

Anyway, short version - I think the current mentality of “quads quads quads” in figure skating is shitty af (and not good for the skaters either). Give me a rockstar performance or beautiful lyricism any day over a collection of jumps to music.

Victor knows he can’t argue with that, knows he can’t argue with headstrong Yuuri Katsuki, who pushes himself and pushes himself and wouldn’t be where he was now if he didn’t. He shakes his head and gently smooths a stray piece of hair behind Yuuri’s ear. “Please tell me that you’re at least going to swap out the quad toe loop in the first half of your program with it and not the triple axel in the second half? You are twenty-nine years old now, Yuuri Katsuki.”

Yuuri didn’t say anything to that, just put a finger to his lips, then put the same finger to Victor’s lips, a secretive smile on his face. “Vitya,” he finally spoke, after several moments, “trust me, and trust my skating.”

Never forget how bullheaded and extra my son Yuuri Katsuki really is.