“You nearly run out of superlatives for Yuzuru Hanyu. But there’s one that comes to mind - inspirational… Right across the spectrum of sport, there are few performers, male or female, who are as special as this young man… We’re not talking here about the best skater of the year. We’re not even talking about the best skater of his generation. He may be one of the greatest skaters, if not the greatest skater, of all time… He can do anything, this guy. And put the quads in as well! Just sensational.”
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So I got bored and checked the weather for both Almaty and St. Petersburg and they're hilariously different so here's an otayuri drabble
Why the hell Yakov was making him practice in this heat, Yuri had no idea. But he hated him for it.
Sure, it wasn’t drastically hot, but 19°C was hot for St. Petersburg, and Yuri could be enjoying the weather if A: it wasn’t so humid, and B: Yakov wasn’t making him practice.
Yuri tipped his head back, the vertebrae in his neck creaking and tense muscles stretching.
“Give me a perfect triple axel into a spread eagle and you’re free to go.” The old man told him, drinking from the water bottle handed to him by Lilia.
“Are you fucking kidding me?!” Yuri said, exasperated. “In this heat?”
“Vitya’s been making Katsuki practice his quads all day, at least I’m not that cruel.” Yakov shrugged.
“Actually, I’m doing this voluntarily.” Yuuri called, taking off and landing a frustratingly perfect quad flip.
“I’ve been trying to make him come home for hours Yakov, this is none of my doing.” Viktor groaned, leaning against the barrier and wiping his brow.
“You said it yourself Vitya,” Yuuri shrugged, pulling off an effortless triple axel into a spread eagle. “I’m going to need to try my best to beat you.”
“I’ve created a monster. I’m doomed.” Viktor sighed defeatedly, gazing at Yuuri.
“And Yurio-” He started, trailing lazily around the rink.
“Don’t call me that.”
“I’m not stopping until I have both records, so I suggest you watch yourself.”
“Getting cocky, now are we, Katsudon?” Yuri asked, cocking a brow.
“Well it’s not the only thing I’m getting.” Yuuri shrugged, taking off into a perfect quad salchow, winking at Viktor as he landed.
“What the fuck have you done to him, Vitkor?” Yuri asked, slightly disgusted at the innuendo.
“I don’t know!” Viktor said exasperatedly.
“Alright, that’s it.” Yakov sighed. “Katsuki, get your ass out of my rink before you kill yourself.”
“I’m not even tired though.” Yuuri sighed, taking off into a quad loop.
“You’re hell bent on destroying my skaters and I can’t have that. Get out before you hurt yourself.” Yakov said firmly.
“Yuuri.” Mila started. “We adore you, you’re sweet and talented and everything but with every jump you land, Yakov pushes us that much harder, so please, for the love of god, get the fuck out of the rink.”
“Okay, okay.” Yuuri sighed, finally skating off of the rink, Mila earning an exhausted ‘thank you’ from Viktor, who followed behind Yuuri.
“Yura. Triple axel. Now.” Yakov said firmly, folding his arms.
“I’d like to see you do it, old man.” Yuri huffed, crossing his arms.
“Just do it, Yuri.” Yuuri called. “Anyway, we’re leaving for today, guys.”
“Finally!” Georgi groaned.
“Please take like, the next week off, you’re making us look bad.” Mila joked.
“No actually do, you’re driving me insane.” Yuri called.
“And Yakov said I couldn’t coach anyone.” Viktor smirked, pecking Yuuri on the cheek.
Yuri unlocked his dorm, dumping his duffle bag at the door and kicking his shoes off. It’d been a week since Yakov and Lilia’s asshole of a son kicked Yuri out of his mother’s house.
He stalked over the mini fridge in the corner of his room, opening it and pulling out a cold can of fanta, wrenching open the tab and flopping down on his bed.
He pulled his phone out of his back pocket, unlocking it and opening up whatsapp, ignoring the 689 missed texts from the Barcelona GPF group chat and scrolling to Otabek’s contact, selecting video call.
Otabek picked up after around the 3rd ring, and the imagine Yuri was greeted with wasn’t what he expected.
A flushed, tanned, sweaty, muscular chest and a giggling little girl in the background. The camera shakily carried up to Otabek’s face, where it was obvious that he older boy was fast asleep.
“Bekaaaa!” Giggled the little girl, a bony little hand with garish pink nail polish and ratty bracelets pressing down on Otabek’s chest. “Oyanw! Beka! Käne Beka!”
Otabek made a weird noise between a snort and a squawk, eyes snapping open suddenly as he lurched forwards.
“Sälem aytşı Yura!” The little girl giggled.
“Natya…” Otabek murmured groggily. “Nege telefonım bar?” He asked, reaching for the phone and pulling the little girl to the side. “Bul öte jaramsız.” He scolded, blowing a raspberry into the little girl’s cheek.
“Um… is this a bad time?” Yuri asked awkwardly, taking a sip from his soda can. “I can go…”
“Crap! Yura, I forgot. Sorry, I fell asleep and my little sister took my phone-”
Otabek laughed, ruffling his sister’s messy black hair.
“Sälem Yura!” She grinned, waving at the screen.
“She says hi.” Otabek grinned, translating.
“Hi Natalia.” Yuri smiled, waving back, earning a gap-toothed grin from the little girl.
“Natya, Siz bizden kete alasız ba?” Otabek asked his sister, slipping back into his native tongue.
She nodded, waving at the screen.
“Bayt Yura!” She giggled, running off.
“She’s adorable.” Yuri smiled, sipping from the can again.
“I know.” Otabek grinned.
“Did you teach her to call me that?”
“Call you what?”
“To call me Yura?”
“She’s called you that since she saw you on TV at the Russian Nationals two years ago.”
“Don’t look at me, she just does.”
Oh, Yuri was look at him.
“Why aren’t you wearing a shirt?”
“You’re half naked. At least I think you are… I can only see your chest.”
“I’m wearing underwear if that’s what you’re asking.” Otabek snorted, flashing Yuri a crooked grin.
“Really? No pants?”
“It’s too hot.” Otabek shrugged, reaching for a something offscreen and bringing a glass of water to his lips.
“Seriously? Isn’t it like, 19°C? Kinda pathetic. And that’s coming from a Moscow native.”
“It’s 36°C over here.” Otabek said flatly.
“Damn, your coach makes you practice in that heat?” Yuri asked incredulously.
“Nah. Training’s cancelled. He’s passed out in the porch.”
“Lucky bastard. Yakov’s been forcing me to train.” Yuri huffed.
“Watch your language, Yura. My family is in the vicinity.”
“I’m like 300 miles away they can’t hurt me.”
“My cousin will find you. You know what Aleks is like.”
“And I hope you boys are keeping it PG-13!” Came the call of cousin in the background, causing Otabek to flush slightly.
“I’m just saying! Your mother wouldn’t be too happy if she saw you-”
“Aleks, sabırlılıqtı toqtatıñız Beka!” Came a call.
“Dude I can hear like, your entire family, where are you?”
“In my back yard.” He shrugged, switching the camera so Yuri could get a view of the lush, green garden, and the hammock Otabek was laying in.
“Its huge!” Yuri gasped. “Your family must be loaded!”
“My mother was an Olympic silver medalist. That kind of set us up for quite a while, then I started to send money home whenever I got it.” Otabek shrugged. “Joq, Natya, şlangini tömenge ornatıñız!”
Yuri heard giggling in the background, along with running water. Otabek shifted, the camera shaking a bit as he moved.
“My sister has a hose, I’m going inside.” He explained as a jet of water splashed behind him. “Nope nope nope nope. Not today.”
“Are you afraid of getting wet, Beka?”
“No I just don’t want to get- AH!”
“Are you okay?” Yuri asked, cocking an eyebrow at the maniacal cackling heard in the background.
“Yeah, my sister just got me in the ass while I was running inside.”
“Damn, good aim.”
“Yeah,” He said, camera shaking as he went up the stairs, opening the door to his room and pushing in. “Yura?”
“I’m gonna need to change but I’m too lazy to disconnect the call, can I just put you against a pillow so you don’t see anything?”
“Sure.” Yuri shrugged, tossing his empty soda can into the trash.
The screen went a dark reddish-brown colour as it was pressed against the pillow, the camera suddenly flipping just as the screen went black.
Yuri could see Otabek pull away, turning around and pulling down the damp, dark grey boxers.
What the hell was Yuri supposed to do?!
The rational thing to would be to tell Otabek 'hey the camera accidentally flipped and I can see your ass and probably dick but I’m not sure’, but for some reason Yuri couldn’t speak.
Otabek turned in the direction of the camera, humming to himself as he stopped up the boxers and tossed them into the laundry hamper at the edge of his room, walking over to a chest of drawers and pulling out a pair of boxers.
Otabek quickly pulled the boxers on, rooting through the drawers and pulling out some shorts and a t-shirt, putting those on too.
He reached for the camera, which suddenly flipped back to front facing as it was being pulled away from the pillow.
“Sorry I took so long- Yura, are you okay?” Otabek asked, suddenly concerned.
“Y-yeah I’m fine. Why are you asking me?” Yuri stammered awkwardly.
“Your face, it’s all… red. Are you sure you’re fine?”
“Yeah yeah I’m fine! I’m just a bit hot and sweaty from practice, I should probably shower.” Yuri said quickly.
“Okay…” Otabek murmured, unconvinced. “If you don’t feel better after the shower, call Viktor or Yuuri or someone like that. And make sure you drink a lot of water. And eat properly. None of that energy bar nonsense-”
“Okay mom, jeez. I’m fine, really.” Yuri said, rolling his eyes.
“Don’t get smart with me, young man.” Otabek said jokingly.
Yuri rolled his eyes, snorting.
“I’ll see you later, okay? I’ll call you later.”
“I really can’t stop you can I?”
Yuri laughed, ending the call and flinging his phone onto the other end of the bed and pressing his hands into his face.
Kubo has made some comments recently about how when YOI was being created she wanted it to be a ‘little ahead of where skating is right now’. It’s not as if they had the characters doing quintuples or something. She just, jump content wise, had the characters somewhat ahead of the standard of the top skaters in competition. Victor’s program in the first episode stood out to a lot of people. It seemed a bit fantastic!
He performed four different quads. No one had done that before. Jin Boyang had first done four quads in a program before, almost a year previous to YOI’s premiere. But… they weren’t four different quads. It did still seem a bit fanciful, although yes, it was inevitable that it would occur within a couple years. There were skaters, multiple ones, who we knew probably had the capability to do it. There was a lot of talk about a trio of teenagers nicknamed the ‘quad squad’ and which one would be first to pull it off. These three young men are Jin Boyang of China, Shoma Uno of Japan, and Nathan Chen of USA.
Anyway, the ‘first to pull it off’ ended up being Nathan Chen of the USA, and not only did he ‘pull off’ Victor Nikiforov’s jump layout, but he did him one over and completed a more difficult one. There’s no quad toe triple toe in there, but instead the harder combination the quad lutz + triple toe loop. However, he did do four different quads, and on top of that, one more, for a total of five quads. He’s now done this twice in two months, once at US Nationals and once at Four Continents.
Even Kubo-sensei herself expressed amusement at this. She meant to make the show a little bit in the future, but within a month of the series ending, actual figure skating surpassed it!
So how does Victor’s (record breaking in the YOI universe) Stammi Vicino free skate compare with Nathan Chen’s (history making in our universe) Polovtsian Dances free skate? Let’s take a look!
As a note, I don’t really have a way to know exactly the levels and base values of Victor’s step sequences and spins, so this will be based on jumps only. Also this is based on Nathan’s jump layout at US Nationals. His jump layout at Four Continents was slightly different. :)
Quad Lutz + Triple Toe loop
Quad Toeloop + Double Toe loop + Double Loop
Triple Flip + Triple Toe loop
Base Value of jumps alone 91.96
I pulled these base values directly off icenetwork’s official scoring sheets, so if there’s anything wrong, blame them not me.
Triple Axel + Triple Loop + Double Loop
Quadruple Toe Loop + Triple Toe Loop
Base Value of jumps alone: 88.79
If there’s a mistake in these though, it’s my fault.
Why is Victor’s so close to Nathan’s despite having one less quad? It’s mostly because his program is a little more backloaded with jumps than Nathan’s is. He puts his quad/triple as his last jump element, and he even squishes that three jump combination in his latter half of the program.
Remember that jumps in the latter part of your program get a 10% bonus on scores. This is emphasized in YOI especially with Yuuri’s character, as his stamina allows him to put the most difficult elements of his program near the end of his programs to take advantage of that. A quad flip within mere moments of your program ending is absolutely balls to the wall nuts, but Yuuri does it in both his short and long programs at the GPF.
Nathan Chen’s original program plan at US Nationals was a triple loop where the last quad salchow is. If he had done that, he would have had four quads and his base value would have been: 85.51, which is a little below Victor’s (despite the fact that Nathan’s quadruple jump combo, the 4 lutz/3 toe is more difficult than Victor’s choice of a 4 toe/3 toe. In fact, at Four Continents it broke a record for the highest score on an individual element!). The power of those latter half bonuses is strong!
Anyway, the scores being close w/ four quads all makes sense, as the quads Victor and Nathan have in their competitive arsenal are identical. The one quad they both don’t do is the loop (Victor apparently can but has only done it in exhibition, so perhaps it’s not something he’s consistent enough on? And of course no one does the axel).
I wouldn’t call Nathan’s program particularly front loaded. However, if he does want his sky high base scores to be even higher, he can try to move some more of those jumps to the latter half. He is still only seventeen though, so he may not have developed the stamina for it yet. Victor on the other hand, has been working on this forever. That being said, that also proves what an athlete Victor is, because he’s twenty-seven years old and still doing this, which is incredible. Twenty-seven is still very young, but figure skating, like gymnastics, is known as a sport with a mayfly life span for a lot of athletes. It’s very hard on the body. Thus, Victor slamming out those quads at the end of his program at twenty-seven is pretty darn amazing.
But yes Nathan is an absolutely stunning
(and non-fictional!) athlete. It’s wonderful what he’s done. I’d be interested to see how Victor’s short program layout compares to his, but we don’t have any info on that, although I could do a comparison to JJ’s Rostelecom layout or Yuuri’s (planned) GPF one!
consider yuri being incredibly obnoxious bc of his crush on otabek
for the first few months of him realizing he’s in love he literally will not shut up about him. all attempts of conversation immediately go to otabek
“yurio hows your quad loop” “beka can do a quad loop perfectly katsudon did you know that” “yes yura i know”
his twitter is filled with vague tweets that leave all of the yuri’s angels dying
his password on his phone is ‘beka’ in numbers (”2352″)
if mila hears the word “beka” come out of yuri’s mouth she just sighs and clears up her schedule for the next two hours bc god knows yuri will not let her go until she knows all about what otabek did last week
eventually everyone realizes who exactly yuri likes from his vague tweets and the next time theyre in competition and beka says “davai!” to yuri the crowd LOSES THEIR SHIT
and yuri is incredibly embarrassed
but he doesnt stop
(especially when he founds out otabek likes him too, and that his PDA is even worse than yuri’s)
Stag: “I just don’t think she gets me, hey – there’s just so much more to me than having perfectly sculpted biceps and triceps, and pecs and traps, and calves, quads and abs and all of that. Like, maximum rigs have feelings too, you know what I mean?“
OH MY GOD Sense8 Season 2 shows that one of the characters has three dads and one mom and they all love each other and its so great! Mixed race polyamorous quad with radical women and former black panthers. Holy shit I’m in heaven.
<b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>yuri on ice:</b> *has skaters easily do 4 quads or more perfectly*<p/><b>skaters/skating fans:</b> while that is great to watch and all, it's not very likely or humanly possible haha<p/><b>nathan chen:</b> *lands 5 quads in his free skate* you were saying?<p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>
The Lord of the Wedding Rings: The Return of the King - iguana’s 2017 HELLsinki Worlds recap
This is it guys, the last big competition before the Olympics. So much potential for great skates, great disasters and great distress; this competition did not fail to deliver. Nor did the announcers, who were screaming out names and scores as if it were a wrestling match. And it was, in one way or another. Albeit a sparklier one. For a brief couple of days, we thought Javier Fernandez was gonna win his 3rd consecutive World title and I almost had those memes ready but at the same time I knew coming from behind like a wrecking ball was Yuzuru Hanyu’s specialty. To nobody’s surprise Evgenia Medvedeva broke a record; to everyone’s surprise, she only broke it in the long program. Meanwhile, Wenjing Sui and Cong Han’s blues for koolk brought the pairs crown back to China and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir purple rained on Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron’s parade. Let’s start the recap!
his dorm is ~covered~ in plants. the windowsill can’t be seen under all the foliage. his roommate is ready to strangle both him and his plants because each time he opens the door, the ivy and spider plants hanging there still scare him
no one besides chowder will ever drink out of his water bottle because there are always mint or basil leaves floating around in it or petals. dex once accidentally drank out of it and gagged for ten minutes yelling to the heavens about how nursey tried to kill him
he’s been late to class twice now because when leaving the cafe he notices the petunias are sad and need cleaning done and he can’t ignore their cries for help any longer
when writing, nursey reads it aloud to his plants to catch mistakes. if he feels they’re judging him he either changes what he thinks they don’t like or blames geraniums for being too uppity
he starts drying herbs in the haus kitchen for his own personal use in spells and for bitty to use as he pleases
when he, chowder, and dex had to make a trip to Home Depot for dryer parts, nursey ends up leaving with an armful of sad looking houseplants because they need tending loving care and he neeeeeds to save them. dex ends up with them on his lap the ride back
he checks with his mom weekly about the plants that were too big to bring to school with him. he’s proud that his palm grew four more inches since he left, but he’s a little upset he isn’t getting to see his baby grow in person
when one of the Home Depot plants dies, smh hosts a funeral where nursey reads a poem about the poor, innocent orchid before they add it to the compost pile out back nursey started a few months ago
every time someone asks what his favorite plant or flower is he changes his answer. holster is keeping a list. it’s at sixteen different ones now
when they’re all studying on the quad or the beach or even the hair porch, nursey spends more time making leaf and flower crowns than studying. last time his maple leaf crown was so impressive dex wore it the whole time without grumbling. lardo still had the pictures
I want you to write a thing where Yurio is secretly the biggest victuuri stan but will never admit it because he has an Image to maintain
a list of things yuri plisetsky hates:
first of all, the amount of stupid PDA in this rink is disgusting!!!! seeing the old man and katsudon eat face all the time is just as gross as *shivers* yakov and lilia kissing. keep that shit in the bedroom!!
just to add, he hates the old man and katsudon more than anyone, JUST TO MAKE THAT CLEAR!!!!
especially katsudon. yuri plisetsky does NOT have a secret fan twitter and tumblr and he definitely does NOT co-run the Official Katsuki Yuuri Fanpage on facebook and the Official Katsuki Yuuri Website
being told he can’t do shit!!! yuri plisetsky can do what he wants and no one can stop him!! (except maybe his deda)
people underestimating him or calling him The Next Victor Nikiforov like fuck that??? he’s his own person?? he’s much better than that loser, he’ll be a six time consecutive champion and beat all his records so hah.
pls marry me yuri @yuripstan katsuki really let himself go lmao, how’s he gonna get off the ice w all that extra weight
#1 Yuri Fan @yuriyuriyuri @yuripstan right???? it’s ok, our yurochtka will get gold for sure and show him who the Real Yuri is! Davai!
VICTUURI IS FAKE @joekly Victuuri is just a media stunt, I can’t believe you guys actually fell for it. They’re both old news and trying to keep themselves relevant.
ur OTP is fake @fakecouples There’s no way that a couple can be that sappy or that in love. I’m declaring Viktuuri as Fake™, sorry guys.
Yuri Daily @yuridaily lol i still cant believe viktor is going for another season. get off the ice grandpa, it’s time for the young ones to shine
saddest gay @gaysonice @yuridaily !!!!!!! RT. viktor should just retire already
Yuri’s eye twitched.
Yuri Plisetsky @yuri-plisetsky @yuriyuriyuri @yuripstan lol first of all, can u land a quad flip??? or any jump at all??? fuck off, katsuki’s jumps r acceptable
Yuri Plisetsky @yuri-plisetsky @joekly @fakecouples seriously??? have u seen their instagrams??? they’re disgustingly cute. i WISH they were fake.
Yuri Plisetsky @yuri-plisetsky @yuridaily @gaysonice Viktor Nikiforov is a Legend and incomparable on the ice. Come back when u get gold in the olympics, k thanks bye.
a list of things yuri plisetsky loveswould fight for tolerates, in no particular order:
his cat, puma tiger scorpion
his best friend, beka
yakov and lilia
all the stupid skaters in this stupid rink
the old man and katsudon, those losers.
Otabek Altin @otabek-altin @yuri-plisetsky i think u forgot to log in to ur other account